Following reports that Titanfall 2 will flop, the sci-fi shooter's first week on sale in the UK has been underwhelming, selling less copies than the original Titanfall.
Titanfall 2 has only been out for a few days but according to the critical reviews that have started to surface, Respawn Entertainment's new sci-fi shooter is nothing short of a fantastic experience that is a worthy follow-up to the first game. However, positive reviews can only go so far and it appears that Titanfall 2 has had an underwhelming first week of sales in the UK.
According to Chart Track, Titanfall 2 has sold fewer copies than the original game and has only managed to enter the UK charts at number four, behind Battlefield 1, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Special Edition, and FIFA 17. By contrast, the first Titanfall managed to hit the number one spot for four weeks despite being an Xbox exclusive as opposed to Titanfall 2's multi-platform availability.
This lackluster first sales week in the UK unfortunately lines up with previous reports about Titanfall 2's low sales potential, which was deemed to be "substantially disappointing". The release of EA's new shooter in such close proximity to Battlefield 1 was one of the main reasons for this predicted drop in sales, which ultimately proved to be true as the World War I shooter managed to top the UK charts last week before dipping just 39% this week.
It remains to be seen whether Titanfall 2 can dig itself out of this sales hole, but shooter certainly has enough new gameplay features to shift the tide back in its favor. One of the reasons for the game's positive word of mouth can be attributed to the addition of a single-player campaign, a feature that was missing in the original title. In addition to a full-fledged offline campaign mode, Respawn are also doing right by many players, promising to deliver free DLC for all gamers in an attempt to maintain unity within the community.
The numbers are not particularly positive in the UK at the moment, and it doesn't look like the situation will improve much as the highly-anticipated Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will be released in a few days time. Titanfall 2 may have lived up to its award as best online multiplayer of E3 2016, but it appears that the game will have a tough fight against some heavyweight competition. Given that it is still relatively early days, hopefully the positive word of mouth and quality of the final product will be enough for the game to garner a strong following in spite of its rivals.
Titanfall 2 is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.