Gamestop had high hopes for Star Wars Battlefront, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Halo 5: Guardians. However, the retailer said that all three games fell short of their initial high sales expectations.
As reported by Gamespot, Gamestop mentioned that high profile software sales are down by 9.3 percent compared to last year. The retailer said that it was a tough comparison as 2014 had releases like Destiny and Super Smash Bros.
What is even more interesting according to Gamestop is that the games of Star Wars Battlefront, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Halo 5: Guardians didn’t sell as many copies as they anticipated. In terms of Halo 5: Guardians, CEO Tony Bartel said high digital sales may have been a factor.
Bartel further said Star Wars Battlefront may have sold less than expected because buyers are waiting for Black Friday. There will be a deal for the PS4 bundle that includes the game and the other Star Wars titles too. Not to mention The Force Awakens hype could push sales as time goes by.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is a fun game, but many buyers stayed away thanks to the ill reception Assassin’s Creed Unity received last year. Not to mention people might be getting fatigued of the franchise coming out every year.
Bear in mind, Gamestop is reporting on retail sales alone. Digital sales are rising so games likes Halo 5: Guardians and Star Wars Battlefront might still be high. EA is still suggesting Battlefront could sell over 13 million copies over its lifetime.