Star Wars Battlefront II had an incredibly controversial road to release, and it looks like its physical sales may have suffered as a result.
According to GFK Chart-Track, which tracks physical video game sales in the UK, Star Wars Battlefront II sold 60% less than its predecessor during launch week. While it’s important to note that digital sales have been on the rise in recent years, the highly publicized public backlash following Battlefront II’s pay-to-win progression system likely had some impact on its sales. To what extent, however, is unknown.
Call of Duty: WWII topped the UK charts once again for the third week in a row, and its initial sales were actually up 57% compared to Infinite Warfare, another game like Battlefront II that was harshly criticized before its release. Star Wars Battlefront II made the second spot on the charts, below Call of Duty: WWII.
EA’s financial earnings should be interesting to hear this year to determine how well Battlefront II did overall compared to the first. I can’t imagine digital sales making up for a 60% deficit in some territories, but it also may not be as bad as the statistics seem to indicate.
The top 10 UK games for the week ending November 20 are as follows:
- Call of Duty: WWII
- Star Wars Battlefront II
- FIFA 18
- Pokémon Ultra Sun
- Pokémon Ultra Moon
- Assassin’s Creed Origins
- The Sims 4
- L.A. Noire Remastered
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2