Square Enix representative director Yosuke Matsuda admitted that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy “underestimated” the company’s initial sales expectations.
The company just released the highlights of its third quarter financial results briefing (thanks, Eurogamer), in which Matsuda says:
The HD games sub-segment launched Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy in the third quarter. Despite good reviews, the game’s sales at launch fell short of our initial expectations.
However, he adds that the initiatives launched in November have resulted in sales growth since the start of the year and that the company “will continue to work” on expanding sales to “compensate for the title’s slow start”.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has had a fairly positive reaction from gaming press, although Nintendo fans have unfortunately been stuck with a cloud version of the game. When we reviewed it in October 2021, we had this to say:
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is a great game, a fun, colorful adventure full of excellent writing, brilliant acting, and plenty of goofy action and exploration to dig into. However, this cloud version of Switch returns just about all the praise we could lavish on it without any consequences as it delivers a truly messy, laggy and unreliable experience – even when played over our super strong, super fast internet connection. . It is, in short, a disastrous and ridiculously expensive way to play a game that deserves so much better. Pick this one up on another platform if you can and avoid this mess.
Square Enix’s previous Marvel game, based on the popular avengers series, was a commercial and critical disappointment.