Despite loot box controversy, Star Wars Battlefront 2 was still the most downloaded game on PlayStation Store in December

By Matt Martin, Thursday, 11 January 2018 08:53 GMT

The backlash against Star Wars Battlefront 2’s controversial use of loot boxes doesn’t seem to have dampened appetite for the game.

According to official data from Sony it was the most downloaded game on the PlayStation Store during December in Europe and the third most-popular in the US.

The launch of Star Wars Battlefront 2 was marred by the clumsy implementation of loot boxes to unlock rewards, a problem that escalated to the very top – even Disney reportedly got involved when the controversy threatened to tarnish its evergreen Star Wars brand.

Maybe the excitable reception of the latest Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, overshadowed the fuss and pushed the game front and center. Maybe the furore didn’t break as far out of the gaming bubble as some thought.

Or maybe the consumer backlash was all mouth and no trousers, with gamers buying the game regardless of what was considered “anti-consumer” practises. Either way, December was a good month for Star Wars Battlefront 2 after an equally strong performance in November. It’s also worth noting that Star Wars Battlefront 2 was on sale during December.

Elsewhere in the download charts, Gang Beasts performed well in the EU but even better in the US, and Activision’s monster hit Call of Duty: WW2 proved to be, well, a monster hit.

Full charts are below:

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Most downloaded PS4 games in December (EU)

  • 01 Star Wars Battlefront 2
  • 02 FIFA 18
  • 03 Call of Duty: WWII
  • 04 GTA 5
  • 05 Need For Speed: Payback
  • 06 Gang Beasts
  • 07 Assassin’s Creed Origins
  • 08 Rocket League
  • 09 Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • 10 The Last Of Us Remastered

Most downloaded PS4 games in December (US)

  • 01 Call of Duty: WWII
  • 02 Gang Beasts
  • 03 Star Wars Battlefront II
  • 04 Grand Theft Auto V
  • 05 Madden NFL 18
  • 06 EA Sports FIFA 18
  • 07 Need for Speed Payback
  • 08 Rocket League
  • 09 Human Fall Flat
  • 10 NBA 2K18

Most downloaded PS4 DLC in December (EU)

  • 01 Fortnite – Standard Founder’s Pack
  • 02 Destiny 2 – Curse of Osiris
  • 03 ARK: Survival Evolved – Aberration
  • 04 Destiny 2 – Expansion Pass
  • 05 Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – Year 3 Pass
  • 06 Horizon Zero Dawn – The Frozen Wilds
  • 07 Battlefield 1 – Premium Pass
  • 08 Rocket League – Fast & Furious ’99 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34
  • 09 Call of Duty: WWII – Season Pass
  • 10 Rocket League – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Car Pack

Most downloaded PS4 DLC in December (US)

  • 01 Destiny 2 – Expansion I: Curse of Osiris
  • 02 Destiny 2 – Expansion Pass
  • 03 Ark: Aberration
  • 04 Call of Duty: WWII – Season Pass
  • 05 Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds
  • 06 Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – Year 3 Pass
  • 07 Battlefield 1 Premium Pass
  • 08 Rocket League – Fast & Furious ’99 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34
  • 09 Rocket League – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Car Pack
  • 10 Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – Year 2 Pass

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