Jedi: Fallen Order released a few days ago to positive reviews by both critics and gamers, but the sales are significantly lower than those of Battlefront II.
The UK’s physical game release charts were unveiled and they show that Fallen Order is actually at second place, right between Pokémon Sword and Shield. The position itself is pretty good, but the actual numbers are putting the sales lower than those of Battlefront II.
Star Wars Battlefront, and Battlefront II, sold 334,000 and 130,000 units on launch respectively, while Fallen Order sold 89,000. This puts the sales numbers 33% lower than those of Battlefront II.
Jedi: Fallen Order is a narrative driven, single-player game, so it’s obviously targeting a different group of gamers compared to Battlefront. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that the numbers are lower.
Even EA was well aware of this and their expectations aren’t too high, they expect between six and eight million units sold in total.
We also can’t write off the possibility that gamers haven’t forgotten the loot box fiasco with Battlefront II and that it put some people off from buying a new Star Wars game.
All in all, the sales aren’t catastrophic and the chart only reflects physical sales. When it comes to the game itself, it’s actually pretty good and worth your time if you enjoy the genre.