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Was Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy a Commercial Failure?

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Contrary to popular belief, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy hasn't sold all that well since its October 2021 launch. Despite holding a rather healthy share of positive reviews, Square Enix has expressed a shred of disappointment with its overall sales. 

According to the celebrated publisher, who produced a new thread of financial results that covered Q1 to Q3 of the 2022/23 fiscal year, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, despite boasting countless reviews, failed to meet expectations, and as a result, made less in net sales than the previous fiscal year.

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

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy had a fantastic launch, but unfortunately slipped up a little too soon.

A second wind is still on the cards

Of course, with the game only releasing back in October of last year, chances are, Square will have plenty of time to sway the tide in its favor. Although no major updates for the game are within spitting distance just yet, fans continue to hold the faith that both Square and Eidos-Montréal will cook something up in the near future.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy received mostly positive reviews on launch, balancing an average score of 80% on Metacritic. According to Bloomberg, the game went on to sell around 4 million copies by November 2021. Unfortunately for Square, this meant branding the game as a commercial failure, despite the influx of positivity it initially garnered.

You can follow all the latest updates for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy over on the official social handle here.

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