The Nielsen sales report for digital video game sales for November 2018 as collected by SuperData are out and it seems two of the month's biggest releases, Fallout 76 and Battlefield 5, failed to meet expectations.
According to the data agency Battlefield 5 sold 1.9 million digital units, while Fallout 76 sold 1.4 million. These figures are across both console and PC and both figures are down from the previous entries in the series, Battlefield 1 and Fallout 4 respectively. In the case of Fallout 76 this represents a 48 percent dip in sales for the first month compared to the launch month of Fallout 4.
SuperData reports that digital spending in November 2018 was flat and that Fortnite and Red Dead Redemption 2 drove digital sales for the month. And it wasn't just Bethesda and EA that hit some rough patches in the digital marketplace.
According to the data, FIFA Ultimate Teams is underperforming, charting only a 1 percent growth in November compared to a 25 percent year-over-year increase last year. Destiny 2 meanwhile seems to have reverted back to pre-Forsaken engagement and monetization levels following the launch of the latest expansion.
These figures are of course estimates based on SuperData's findings, along with the NPD sales report which tracks physical sales for games. However, all of it seems to point to a slowed holiday 2018 driven largely by Call of Duty, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.