We have a clearer view into why this happened – the loot crates and microtransactions fiasco. No doubt this affected the sales for the highly anticipated sequel of the 2015 Star Wars Battlefront from DICE. Last week, the 3 week old Call of Duty: WWII by Sledgehammer Games’ topped 1st place in the UK Sales Charts, thus pushing Star Wars Battlefront II to 2nd place.

Furthermore, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon placed 4th and 5th place respectively with EA Sports’ FIFA 18 taking 3rd place. Further down the list we can Rockstar Games’ L.A. Noire on 8th place beating Super Mario Odyssey (9th place) and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 (10th place)

Even if the microtransactions are temporarily disabled, EA should have made the decision a week early before its launch when the whole issue happened, it would have at least made it 1st place.

Here is the full top 20 list of the UK Sales Chart for last week (digital sales is not included):

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 CALL OF DUTY: WWII ACTIVISION 1
2 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II EA GAMES
3 FIFA 18 EA SPORTS 2
4 POKEMON ULTRA SUN NINTENDO
5 POKEMON ULTRA MOON NINTENDO
6 ASSASSIN’S CREED ORIGINS UBISOFT 3
7 THE SIMS 4 EA GAMES
8 L.A. NOIRE REMASTERED ROCKSTAR
9 SUPER MARIO ODYSSEY NINTENDO 6
10 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES 2 WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
11 NEED FOR SPEED PAYBACK EA GAMES 4
12 GRAN TURISMO: SPORT SONY COMPUTER ENT. 9
13 CRASH BANDICOOT N.SANE TRILOGY ACTIVISION 15
14 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 12
15 FORZA MOTORSPORT 7 MICROSOFT 7
16 FORZA HORIZON 3 MICROSOFT 8
17 SONIC FORCES SEGA 5
18 WOLFENSTEIN II: THE NEW COLOSSUS BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 14
19 THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM VR BETHESDA SOFTWORKS
20 PLAYSTATION VR WORLDS SONY COMPUTER ENT.