NPD Analyst Increasing Sales Prediction for Xbox One X and Probably Star Wars Battlefront II in US

The NPD Group's Mat Piscatella is planning to increase his sales forecast for XBox One X, and probably for Star Wars: Battlefront II in the US market.

on November 13, 2017 11:13 AM

The NPD Group is considered one of the most reliable sources of statistics for the video game market in the United States, and its Analyst Mat Piscatella had posted some interesting comments on Twitter today.

First of all, Piscatella commented on the “solid” Xbox One X sales numbers coming from the United Kingdom, mentioning that he will have to increase his own forecast for the console in the United States.

Secondly, he talked about Star Wars Battlefront II, first commenting on the controversy about loot crates, in response to those arguing that the trend is being pushed by publishers against the developers’ will. Piscatella mentions that some of the most aggressive microtransaction ideas he has heard of came from developers, while he also heard of publishers pushing back against them.

That being said, Piscatella’s main takeaway from the controversy is that consumer interest in Star Wars Battlefront II is very high, and he should “probably” increase his forecast for the title as well.

Piscatella has worked in the video game industry for about fifteen years, including executive-level tenures at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Activision, where he worked respectively as Vice President of Sales Planning and Analysis and Business Intelligence Director.

One thing is for sure. It’ll be certainly interesting to see the sales results for both the Xbox One X and Star Wars Battlefront II. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until mid-December to have some firm intelligence on the topic.

If you want to read more about the Xbox One X, you can check out the insight provided by ARK: Survival Evolved Creative Director Jesse Rapczak, and our review.

 /  Executive News Editor
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