At one point in time, Star Wars Battlefront was the pinnacle of what Star Wars games could be. And the sales were huge. Then…it slowly died. Many fans were shocked that this happened. Now, we’re only a month or so away from the release of the revitalized Star Wars Battlefront, and many are excited. Yet the CEO of Superdata, Joost van Dreunen, doesn’t believe that this game will save the franchise though. For he stated to Game Industry…
“Even as the console user base expands, sales of each new addition to the [Battlefield] franchise has seen faster post-launch-month drops and digital earnings keep dropping faster,” he said,
He’s also concerned about the EA servers (which have been known to have problems), and how they’ll handle matchmaking capabilities online, something the other two main Battlefront games didn’t have.
“Rather than being able to peruse and select servers on their own, players are expected to wait in a lobby before being matched with other players,” he said. “EA’s recent confirmation that Star Wars Battlefront will not offer a server browser will hinder the game from reaching a critical mass of online players quickly and lessen its appeal.”
Finally, he notes that key game releases like Fallout 4 and Halo 5 will hurt the sales. Obviously these are just his predictions, and we’ll have to see if it holds up when Battlefront launches November 17th.