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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Sales 'Undershot' Square Enix's Expectations

February 21, 2022

By: Robert N. Adams

 
 
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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy sales apparently did not meet Square Enix's expectations according to a recent financial report from the company.

First revealed last summer, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy debuted just a few short months later on PC and consoles; it also happened to be one of the few Nintendo Switch games to get a Cloud Version. It managed to release on time and turned out to be a pretty darn good game by most accounts. Unfortunately, it looks like it didn't sell as well as Square Enix had hoped it would.

 

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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Sales Fell Short Despite Strong Reviews

The lower than expected Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy sales were mentioned in a new financial report from Square Enix as reported by Game Rant (via Reddit).

 
 

"The HD Games sub-segment launched 'Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy' in Q3," the report read. "Despite strong reviews, the game’s sales on launch undershot our initial expectations."

The "strong reviews" portion of that sentence is certainly true -- the PS5 version of the game has an 80 Metascore (and surprisingly, an 8.7 User Score) on Metacritic. Over at OpenCritic, it holds a "Strong" OpenCritic Rating with a Top Critic Average of 82 and with 86% of critics recommending it.

 
 

Although launch sales were a bit weaker than expected, it does look like Square Enix is hopeful that it will make up for the shortfall in the coming months and years.

"However, 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 to make up for the title’s slow start," the report continued.

Although it didn't quite sell as many copies as expected, people generally agree that the game is a good time. You can buy Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy for PC and consoles starting at $59.99 or your regional equivalent.