The microtransactions controversy surrounding Star Wars: Battlefront 2 has been having a serious detrimental impact on EA’s commercial performances. Not only did it result in serious stock price drops for the company, but it’s now been revealed that Battlefront 2 also had underwhelming sales figures in the US for the month of November, while it was thoroughly outperformed by fellow November first person shooter release, Call of Duty: WW2.
Though the NPD group is yet to release full software and hardware sales figures for the month of November, Wall Street Journal Sarah Needleman has revealed via her Twitter page that while Call of Duty: WW2 performed impressively in the month, Battlefront 2 fared much worse. Software sales in total had a year-on-year increase of 9 per cent from November of last year, with a total revenue of $842 million. This was led by impressive sales figures by Call of Duty: WW2, which sold 4.4 million copies in the US during the month of November.
In comparison, Battlefront II’s commercial performance was much less impressive, managing to sell only 882,000 units. Yes, that’s less than a million, and also five times less than what Call of Duty sold. While it wouldn’t be fair to call those figures bad by any accounts, it should be noted that as compared to what EA may have been expecting, especially in light of the looming theatrical release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, less than a million units sold is definitely underwhelming.
With the holiday season approaching, it stands to reason that sales will see a boost for both the games- it just remains to be seen whether Battlefront II will ever be able to recover from its disastrous launch. Stay tuned to GamingBolt for more updates.
— Sarah E. Needleman (@saraheneedleman) December 8, 2017