The NPD Group hasn’t publicly released their full November sales report yet, though the Wall Street Journal’s Sarah Needleman has revealed NPD sales figures for your month’s two highest-profile games, Activision’s (NASDAQ:ATVI) Call of Duty: WWII and EA’s (NASDAQ:EA) Star Wars Battlefront II. Appears one game did much far better than one other:
“US console computer game sales rose 9 % in November from a last year to $842 million, led by Call of Duty: WWII, with 4.4 million sold, depending on NPD. Even so it would have been a disappointing month for Ea, whose high-profile Alien Battlefront II, sold just 882,000 units.”
4.4 million is sort of exactly more 882,000, so, yeah-ouch. Obviously, there are numerous caveats here. These numbers only consider US retail sales, and Call of Duty: WWII was released earlier while in the month (November 3) than Star Wars Battlefront II (November 17). So, maybe things aren’t quite as bad as they simply seem for Battlefront II, however, there is no doubt the adventure got pretty handily drubbed by Call of Duty.
Now, 882,000 units isn’t everything to be embarrassed about, however, many may no doubt be happy to see Battlefront II “fail.” The overall game continues to be sharply criticized for your system where character progression and weapons could only be acquired from loot boxes, which, originally, could be purchased with real money. Following negative response to the Battlefront II beta, EA and developer DICE made some tweaks to your game’s loot boxes and progression system, even so the controversy didn’t end there. Eventually, EA made the surprising proceed to temporarily remove microtransactions from Alien Battlefront II altogether.
Despite the slow start, analysts at Wedbush Securities think Battlefront II could rebound in December:
“We assume that the loyalty on the Rope fanbase, the game’s appeal for a holiday gift, along with the launch of Gi joe: The past Jedi on December 15 results in sales of the game bouncing back.”
The folks at Wedbush could possibly be onto something C plenty of people will discover Battlefront II, think, “Oh, a Star Wars thing,” and blindly opt for the game with the somewhat nerdy friend for Christmas. The adventure are often discounted this month. In spite of this, if EA wishes to get back its money, Transformers Battlefront II should still sell well into 2018, which feels like an uncertain proposition.
Star Wars Battlefront II and Call of Duty: WWII are usually positioned on PC, Xbox One, and PS4.