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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Sales Fell Below 'Initial Expectations'

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Sales Fell Below 'Initial Expectations' - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 March 2022 / 4,447 Views

Publisher Square Enix and developer Eidos Montreal released Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy in October of last year. 

Square Enix in its latest earnings report announced the initial sales for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy fell below expectations. However, the publisher is working to increase sales to make up for the slow start.

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

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Sales Fell Below 'Initial Expectations'

"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."

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is available now on the Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The Switch version is a cloud release. 


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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20 Comments
hunter_alien (on 21 February 2022)

What a surprise. SE has yet another western release that falls well below expectations. I wonder how much this one sold, 8 million copies?

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Kakadu18 hunter_alien (on 22 February 2022)

It didn't chart high enough for that.

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mZuzek hunter_alien (on 22 February 2022)

I'd be very surprised to hear it sold even half of that.

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Qwark mZuzek (on 22 February 2022)

I would say a quarter of 8 million would even be optimistic at this point.

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twintail (on 21 February 2022)

I feel some have missed out on the positive news that the game had seen 'sales growth' over the last few months, so they're committed to make the games overall sales reception work.

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Otter (on 21 February 2022)

One of the most poorly marketed games of recent memory, such brilliant story telling and world building but none of the marketing materials quite captured this. The only reason why I picked it up is because of word of mouth and the digital foundary deep dive, to my surprise it was probably my favourite single player game of 2020.

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method114 Otter (on 21 February 2022)

I never even planned on getting it but I've heard nothing but good things so I have it on my list.

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Kakadu18 (on 21 February 2022)

I blame both Marvel's Avengers and that annoying E3 showcase.

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S.Peelman (on 21 February 2022)

Could be the "fault" of the Avengers game, since that one had a.. lukewarm reception people didn't bother with this one.

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shikamaru317 (on 21 February 2022)

A shame it flopped so hard on release (Square had discounted it as low as $25 by Black Friday), I really enjoyed it and would love a sequel, but any sequel chances seem dead now.

Hopefully Square puts Eidos back on Deus Ex: Adam Jensen series now, because they took a break on it mid trilogy/series to work on Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Guardians of Galaxy, both of which Square said underperformed their expectations. Square was also disappointed by Deus Ex: Mankind Divided sales of course, which makes 3 games in a row by Eidos that Square leadership was disappointed by, but they should still let Eidos finish the trilogy/series.

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TheWalrusCaesar (on 21 February 2022)

Very unfortunate. The game is very good of what I played

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KratosLives (on 22 February 2022)

I'm not surprised it flopped. I don't think many knew the game was releasing. Also people probably still had a sour taste from marvel avengers, the other game from square enix. I know I wasn't excited when I saw square enix was behind another marvel game.

Also bad marketing, did it even get any?

But then I saw the reviews and decided to get it. I thought the rave reviews may have given it a second wind.

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mZuzek (on 21 February 2022)

This game deserved better.

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dane007 (on 22 February 2022)

Should have put it on gamepass from day 1

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 21 February 2022)

They haven't handled hitman so now they released them,

What's next tomb raider and marvel properties being released too?

Bye bye crystal dynamic and eidos?

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Mr Puggsly (on 21 February 2022)

They can have my money when the game is $30.

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DonFerrari (on 21 February 2022)

Must have been some bad blood because of the Avengers fiasco. I know I`m looking at it but will wait for step price drop.

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KrspaceT (on 21 February 2022)

Sounds like they are going 'we have taken steps to increasing sales since'. Sometimes games are more evergreen than initial...though the discount strat makes that go more 'Days Gone', and less 'Ring Fit Adventure'.

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Giggity_goo (on 21 February 2022)

would of been fine if avengers didnt come before it n it dropped by 50% within week or so

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Leynos (on 21 February 2022)

It had a poor showing at E3. Looked like it was just more Avengers which bombed. They dumped it out a couple of months later. I want to get it but been told to avoid the PS4 version.

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