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Guardians of the Galaxy game sales disappoint, despite praise

In an earnings briefing, Square Enix revealed that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy performed below expectations, despite critical acclaim.

Despite its critical acclaim and positive word-of-mouth, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy did not meet Square Enix’s sales expectations at launch. After years of unsubstantiated rumors, Square Enix and Deus Ex developer Eidos-Montreal have announced their guardians of the galaxy game during E3 2021. The GOTG title had its skeptics sequel Marvel’s Avengers‘ a myriad of flaws, but many still saw the new Eidos-Montreal project as a potentially promising experiment.

Suffice it to say, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy the critical success proved its opponents wrong. The storytelling and character work received particular praise from critics and gamers; meanwhile, some of the gameplay design choices felt hit or miss by most standards. Yet the GOTG The game managed to become a real sleeper hit, ending up on many game of the year lists and even winning a few trophies during awards season. But that might not be enough to meet the high expectations of its publisher.


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During an earnings briefing, Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda noted (via VGC) that sales of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxyoutmoded [the publisher’s] initial expectations. Such disappointment came despite strong critical ratings, Matsuda said. Square Enix apparently has high hopes that the Eidos-Montreal-developed GOTG project will enjoy a long tail of success, however. In the presentation, Matsuda said that the sales initiatives that started in November 2021 and continued into 2022 have done wonders for “sales growth” thus, the company intends to continue its efforts to expand GOTG’s market performance to compensate for the “slow start.”

Promotional art for Guardians of the Galaxy featuring the main cast springing into action with weapons drawn

Square Enix has a long history of exceeding its sales forecast for AAA companies. Despite moving nearly 3.5 million units in four weeks, the 2013 grave robber the reboot was still considered a disappointment. hitman absolution moved 3.6 million copies after roughly three months on the market, a bargain for any stealth title, but fell short of Square Enix’s lofty goals. And, more recently, Marvel’s Avengers failed to hit the mark commercially, though that particular disappointment arguably took shape due to the game’s poorly implemented live-service model.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy launched for PC, last-gen, and next-gen consoles in October 2021 to widespread success. Star-Lord served as the main character, leading a group of misfits that included fan-favorite heroes such as Drax, Gamora, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon as they traveled through space. At present, Square Enix’s potential interest in pursuing a sequel remains a mystery that may not receive a concrete answer any time soon.

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is available now on Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

Source: Square Enix (via VGC)


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