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Battlefield V and Fallout 76 failed to meet sales expectations

Published: 20:57, 21 December 2018
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Fallout 76 and Battlefield V not doing great

According to the latest research by the company SuperData, EA's Battlefield V and Bethesda's Fallout 76 are nothing but big disappointments when it comes to sale numbers. Both games recorded lower sales than Battlefield 1 and Fallout 4.

A couple of days ago The NPD Group shared a November sales numbers which revealed that Fallout 76 and Battlefield V are one of the best selling games of the month. However, despite the fact that these titles are only behind Red Dead Redemption 2 and Call of Duty Black Ops 4, their sale numbers are still pretty underwhelming.

That's according to Worldwide digital games market report for November 2018 shared by SuperData Research. The reports suggest that both Bethesda's Fallout 76 and EA's Battlefield V launches failed to meet franchise benchmarks. 

The company estimates that Battlefield V sold around 1.9 million while Fallout 76's sales in November capped at 1.4 million digital units on consoles and PC. This means that both games are selling worse than previous instalments in the series - Battlefield 1 and Fallout 4.

Of course, we already knew that EA's and Bethesda's flagships aren't selling as anticipated. Fallout 76 physical numbers were down more than 80 per cent when compared to Fallout 4 which is a crazy percentage even in 2018.

Battlefield V poor digital sales will be salt to EA's wound as the WW2 shooter has also seen a huge 60 per cent dip in physical version sales when compared to its predecessor. 

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It's safe to say that both companies are harvesting the fruit of their unwillingness to listen to Battlefield and Fallout communities which have been voicing their concerns about the games ever since we got a look at first trailers.

There is of course still time for EA and Bethesda to try and improve their products but they're not doing so well on that field at the moment. EA recently caused an uproar after changing Battlefield V's time to kill to make the game easier for "holiday players", while Bethesda released a couple of updates that didn't really met players' expectations.

Bethesda's Fallout 76 releasing on 14 November 2018

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During the E3 this year we had a chance to see Todd Howard present the new Fallout 76 where he talked about the location, map size and more. Beta was announced for early summer while the official release will be happening 14 November 2018.

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