Control U.S. Sales Are Reportedly Looking Grim

Despite Remedy and 505 Games looking to bring new content to Control, it seems like the third-person shooter isn’t getting over with gamers. We reported that Control has faced heavy discounts and how it dropped off the UK charts during the second week, but this time around a sneak peek at the U.S. charts by an analyst offer an even grimmer look.

Control is to gain a photo mode this fall, the “Expeditions” which is a new game mode set for this December, the first expansion dubbed “The Foundation” set for release in early 2020, and a second expansion rocking the moniker “Awe” sometime in the mid-part of 2020.

Nevertheless, the game that was already facing an uphill struggle due to featuring yet another strong, independent female protagonist, the whole gender equality stream initiative, and the Epic Games Store timed exclusivity all melded together to make the perfect recipe for “get woke, go broke.”

The official blog for PlayStation goers blog.us.playstation.com for early August revealed that Control did not make it into the top 20 downloaded games:

  1. Madden NFL 20
  2. Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Marvel’s Spider-Man
  5. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  6. Remnant: From the Ashes
  7. Black Desert
  8. Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds
  9. Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2
  10. Rocket League
  11. EA Sports UFC 3
  12. Red Dead Redemption 2
  13. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition
  14. ARK: Survival Evolved
  15. No Man’s Sky
  16. Star Wars Battlefront II
  17. Battlefield 4
  18. Need for Speed Payback
  19. Overwatch
  20. The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan

The current Xbox top paid games list on microsoft.com sees Control at the 35th spot, which is a shame for a new triple-A game:

  1. NBA 2K20 Digital Deluxe
  2. Red Dead Redemption 2
  3. Wreckfest
  4. Far Cry 5
  5. Gears 5
  6. FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. UNO
  9. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
  10. Destiny 2: Forsaken – Complete Collection
  11. MONOPOLY PLUS
  12. Torchlight II
  13. The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man Of Medan
  14. Remnant: From the Ashes
  15. Gang Beasts
  16. GreedFall
  17. Madden NFL 20: Superstar Edition
  18. Rocket League
  19. DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2
  20. Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection

It’s safe to say all of the above is empirical. However, an early peek at the latest research by The NPD Group (or the U.S. top entertainment department) sees Control at the 23rd spot. In other words, the game isn’t even in the top ten.

This information comes from the social justice activist himself — that is a U.S. video games industry analyst — Mat Piscatella:

To clarify the situation, the U.S. numbers for September haven’t arrived yet. Piscatella gave gamers and analysts an early sneak peek. The full numbers are due out later

Lastly, it looks like Tim “the big boy” Sweeney and the Epic Games Store have funded the upcoming DLC for Control despite it selling about as well as a discounted version of EA and BioWare’s Anthem.

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