The public lashing received over the controversial progression and payment system has dragged Star Wars Battlefront 2 sales down into the mud.
According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, the sequel managed to sell only 882,000 physical copies in the United States for the first month of release. That is less than 50 percent of what the first Star Wars Battlefront installment managed a couple of years back with 2.1 million physical copies sold in the same period.
It is important to note that the NPD Group is a marketing research company that only tracks physical sales. The aforementioned Star Wars Battlefront 2 sales figure cannot be taken as the complete picture without including digital sales, which at this point remain unknown.
“We believe that the loyalty of the Star Wars fan base, the game’s appeal as a holiday gift, and the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on December 15th will result in the sales of the game bouncing back,” financial and investment firm Wedbush Securities believes.
The United States is not the only region where Star Wars Battlefront 2 sales have taken an unexpected dive. The physical sales in Japan have reportedly suffered as well, selling just 38,769 copies in the first week compared to 123,467 copies for the first installment during the same period.