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Star Wars Battlefront II struggles at retail during its first week

There has been plenty of drama surrounding Star Wars Battlefront II. Prior to launch, players took issue with the game’s progression system and microtransactions, prompting EA to make some last minute changes. However, it seems that the damage had already been done, with Battlefront II’s physical launch sales down by 60 percent compared to the original game.

Battlefront II launched last Friday and it seems to be under performing at retail. According to Chart-Track, Battlefront 2 has had 60 percent fewer physical sales compared to DICE’s 2015 Battlefront release. Chart-Track doesn’t count digital sales, so the hit may not be as bad as these initial numbers show, but it seems clear that the negative reaction to the game has stung.

EA still plans to bring microtransactions back into Star Wars Battlefront II at some point. However, the game’s problems run deeper than that, with plenty of complaints surrounding the Star Card system and how long it takes to unlock new in-game characters. Right now, we don’t know what changes EA plans to make to bring Battlefront II more in line with player expectations.

Here is the full top-ten list for UK physical game sales last week:

  1. Call of Duty: WW2
  2. Star Wars Battlefront 2
  3. FIFA 18
  4. Pokémon Ultra Sun
  5. Pokémon Ultra Moon
  6. Assassin’s Creed Origins
  7. The Sims 4
  8. LA Noire Remastered
  9. Super Mario Odyssey
  10. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2

KitGuru Says: Did any of you happen to pick up Battlefront II over the weekend? Are many of you holding off until major changes are made?

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