The history of gaming is full of huge failures, games that failed from the first moment and were unable to improve their position over the following months and years. One of them is National anthem, which appears to have been able to sell some units. Specifically, let’s talk about it 5 million unitsNot a very low number considering Terrible initial reception.
The information comes from your LinkedIn profile Alexander Scriabin, former employee of EA Who worked with the company for eleven years before leaving in 2021, when he was Director of Global Social Media Engagement.
As you can see above, Scriabine says the game sold 2 million units in its first week 5 million in total at an unspecified time. Obviously, this is not official data, although it comes from someone who has worked with the company.
Anthem, what did EA expect?
However, how does Anthem’s 5 million units compare to EA’s expectations? According to a company statement issued in May 2019, the goal was to sell Between five and six million units by March 2019 (The game was released in late February 2019.)
However, one should not think that the five million sold by Anthem, provided that it is accurate data, means that the game has reached expectations. In fact, EA was talking about data during the first month and it was clear that the target was much higher in the long term, also given the “game as a service” nature of the product.