Star Wars Battlefront Sells 13 Million Copies, Analyst Says
The Xbox One, PS4, and PC game is racing up the charts.
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Star Wars Battlefront is apparently off to a red-hot start, with analysts recently claiming that the sci-fi shooter from developer DICE and Electronic Arts has sold 12-13 million copies.
Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter told Fortune that he believes the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC game sold 6 million copies in November and another 6 million in December. Assuming an average retail price of $55 (the game has been discounted since launch), Pachter said Battlefront generated around $660 million in revenue.
Another analyst, Evan Wilson of Pacific Crest Securities, estimated that Battlefront sold as many as 13 million copies so far. He noted that the majority of these sales came before the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and also at a discount.
13 million is the figure that EA officially predicted the game would ship by March 31, 2016. If Wilson and Pachter's numbers are right, Battlefront is going to exceed EA's estimates.
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Note that the numbers from Pachter and Wilson are not official. While EA said Battlefront broke records at launch in November, the publisher has yet to provide any specific sales numbers for the game. If not sooner, those details may come during EA's next earnings briefing later this year.
Battlefront may have gotten off to a slow stat at GameStop, but, according to NPD data, it was the No. 3 game in the US during November. Only Fallout 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops III sold better during the month. Battlefront was also a top-selling game on Amazon this holiday.
Battlefront is the first new Star Wars console game from EA as part of its 10-year licensing deal with Disney and Lucasfilm. According to EA's CFO, there are multiple Battlefront sequels in the works. In addition, Dead Space and Battlefield Hardline studio Visceral Games is making an unannounced Star Wars game.
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