Pictured: XCOM: Enemy Unknown going up against Black Ops II on the market.

It got glowing reviews (including one from us). It had the backing of a confident team. It featured aliens and guns. Despite all of that, XCOM: Enemy Unknown has failed to take off in terms of sales so far.

According to VG Chartz, XCOM has sold less than 0.2 million units for each console it was released on (worldwide). Keep in mind that this doesn’t include sales from digital services, of which Steam is probably the biggest distributor. Even then, it’s unlikely to boost the sales considerably. Interestingly, the retail PC version did better in Europe than North America.

This isn’t the only well-received, high-budget title to under-perform lately; see Darksiders II, Spec Ops: The Line, and Sleeping Dogs. What are your thoughts on the matter, single-players? Let us know!

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is available now for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.

Michael Urban
Now an occasional contributer, Michael Urban is the former Editor-in-Chief at OnlySP and has the nickname "Breadcrab" for reasons his therapist still doesn't understand. From the moment he first got hacked in Runescape, he's been uninterested in multiplayer games and has pursued the beauty of the single-player experience, especially in terms of story and creative design. His hobbies include reading, writing, singing in the shower, pretending to be productive, and providing info and feedback regarding the games industry. It is an industry, right? You can ask him a question or send him spam at michaelurban@onlysp.escapistmagazine.com. Also, follow him on Twitter or the terrorists win. (@MichaelUrban1)

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8 Comments

  1. I think many people just don&#039t like buying games on day one anymore when they drop in price so fast now. Just look how fast ME3 was able to be found for $20 new. I&#039ll only buy a few games on D1 because I can just wait a bit and pick them up on sale through Steam or some other site.

  2. I think many people just don't like buying games on day one anymore when they drop in price so fast now. Just look how fast ME3 was able to be found for $20 new. I'll only buy a few games on D1 because I can just wait a bit and pick them up on sale through Steam or some other site.

  3. Hopefully some people give XCOM a chance. It&#039s one of the best small-scale strategy experiences I&#039ve had in quite a while. It&#039s got a ton of big-name competition this time of year, but it&#039s one-of-a-kind as far as recent titles are concerned.

  4. I haven&#039t played XCOM but I&#039ve heard good things from those I know with it. I think that the problem with XCOM is lack of Marketing, I may be looking in the wrong place but the only place I saw anything about it before it came out was N4G. Also I think that with older gamers who are more likely to play titles like these seem to be moving towards rentals, I&#039m not sure if this is just with the people I happen to know or if this is a large scale trend.

  5. Hopefully some people give XCOM a chance. It's one of the best small-scale strategy experiences I've had in quite a while. It's got a ton of big-name competition this time of year, but it's one-of-a-kind as far as recent titles are concerned.

  6. I haven't played XCOM but I've heard good things from those I know with it. I think that the problem with XCOM is lack of Marketing, I may be looking in the wrong place but the only place I saw anything about it before it came out was N4G. Also I think that with older gamers who are more likely to play titles like these seem to be moving towards rentals, I'm not sure if this is just with the people I happen to know or if this is a large scale trend.

  7. That&#039s a crying shame., I would seriously liken Enemy Unknown to Dark Souls. It&#039s brutally challenging by way of catering to the intelligent, requiring you to play tactically and be always aware of your surroundings. At the same time, it is very much a divisive game as, if you don&#039t "get" it, you won&#039t like it. Absolutely deservig of any and all acclaim that it has or will receive.

  8. That's a crying shame., I would seriously liken Enemy Unknown to Dark Souls. It's brutally challenging by way of catering to the intelligent, requiring you to play tactically and be always aware of your surroundings. At the same time, it is very much a divisive game as, if you don't "get" it, you won't like it. Absolutely deservig of any and all acclaim that it has or will receive.

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