Star Wars Battlefront 2‘s controversy may have had an overall affect on sales, according to GamesIndustry.biz who are reporting a dramatic drop in sales compared to its predecessor.
Sales of [amazon_textlink asin=’B072R3PR8Q’ text=’Star Wars Battlefront 2‘ template=’ProductLink’ store=’n3rdabl3-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’90265f6c-ce0d-11e7-9a02-f5cc94fa7e9e’] in the UK are down 61 percent compared to Star Wars Battlefront’s release in 2015, and are down 50 percent compared to Electronic Arts’ last big shooter, Battlefield 1.
This dramatic drop in sales may very well be down to the controversy surrounding the game’s launch in which players learned that they’d need to put at least 40 hours into the game in order to unlock some of the series more well-known characters like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker – or alternatively pay up to unlock them.
EA then took to Reddit and responded to outcry, however that response became the most downvoted comment in Reddit history. From here EA decided to drop the cost of these heroes by around 75% and took to Reddit to answer an AMA – which itself didn’t do very well.
Moments before the launch of Star Wars Battlefront 2, EA announced that they have decided to disable these microtransactions “temporarily” a move which rumours suggest came from Star Wars property owner, Disney.
Alternatively, this drop in sales could simply be because more players purchased the game digitally this year – something Chart-Track doesn’t account for when revealing the UK Gaming Charts.
Either way, this drop in sales caused Star Wars Battlefront 2 to land in second place in the UK charts this week, which isn’t good for EA.