Eidos-Montréal’s critically-acclaimed Guardians of the Galaxy game failed to meet publisher Square Enix’s sales expectations.

According to documents shared during a recent earnings call, the interstellar Marvel adventure disappointed in terms of how many units were moved. Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda writes, “Despite strong reviews, the game’s sales on launch undershot our initial expectations.” Despite Guardians of the Galaxy’s slot start, Matsuda notes that “sales initiatives that we kicked off in November 2021 and continued into the new year have resulted in sales growth, and we intend to work to continue to expand sales…” It’s currently unknown how Square Enix plans on boosting the game’s figures.

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Fans who played Guardians of the Galaxy may be surprised to learn that the game missed its target figures. Eidos-Montréal’s latest project debuted to stellar reviews from fans and critics alike, many praising its engaging writing, touching narrative and blockbuster action. CBR’s Christopher Baggett writes, “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy stands apart from the pack with an earnest attempt at telling a strong, single-player narrative with engaging combat and unforgettable music.”

While Guardians of the Galaxy may have failed to meet expectations, it’s not the only Marvel game to disappoint Square Enix. The controversial live-service game Marvel’s Avengers also missed the mark, as noted by the publisher in a previous earnings call. It noted that Crystal Dynamic’s superhero brawler overcame many difficulties, such as launching at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it still did not prove to be as successful as Square Enix hoped. While Marvel’s Avengers is designed to generate revenue over time, thanks to its “Games as a Service” model, Guardians of the Galaxy is built to be a “one-and-done” title that doesn’t rely on seasons of new content.

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Despite publishing some of the world’s most popular video game franchises, including Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts and Tomb Raider, Square Enix recently came under fire after announcing its interest in crypto gaming. As revealed in early 2022, Matsuda confirmed that despite gamer’s reservations, the company would be exploring potential avenues to implement non-fungible tokens (NFTs) into its products. Fans were quick to respond to the announcement, as they proceeded to roast Square Enix on social media.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is available for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

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Source: Square Enix



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