Star Wars Battlefront 2 sales suffer amidst loot box controversy


Star Wars Battlefront 2 sales are down by 60 percent in terms of physical copies moved, Chart-Track has confirmed.

While it’s worth noting that the sequel had better digital sales than its predecessor, it is unlikely that this made up for such a substantial loss in physical units sold at retail. 

Of course, it’s hard to address anything concerning Star Wars Battlefront 2 without mentioning the loot box-shaped elephant in the room. 

Publisher Electronic Arts has attracted a huge amount of flak in the past week or so for its poorly-received loot box system, as well as the excessive amount of grinding required to unlock Battlefront 2’s roster of heroes and villains. 

Things got so bad that developer DICE cut the number of in-game credits required to purchased said characters by 75 percent. In addition, EA put the kibosh on microtransactions (albeit temporarily) following the backlash, but sadly the damage had already been done — gamers weren’t happy. 

The controversy also received mainstream press attention, with the likes of CNN and the BBC picking up the story, which no doubt exacerbated the situation for EA. 

Elsewhere, L.A. Noire Remastered managed to debut at number eight, with Skyrim VR hitting 19th and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 entering the charts at number 10. 

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  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