I'd like to add another concern that could have a negative impact on sales, Fanboy tribalism.
I think you're looking it at a enthusiasts POV (actively looking on forums/social media/YT etc) and that doesn't necessitate on how an average video game consumer looks when buying a new video game. The bigger factor is that this game is heavily marketed as a roguelike game (which is niche in itself) and that the graphics and art style quite unremarkable. That and recent Arkane games aren't really mass market games.
Personally, I had no interest in the game with the initial trailers but upon looking at some reviews it does make me want to pick it up at some point. Just waiting on them to fix the performance issues on PC first.
About missing exclusives this holiday, while it makes for a nice check list.. I don't think it really matters at the end of the year. With BF2042, CoD Vanguard and FIFA 2022 coming in the space of a couple/few months. And tbh this year has been pretty slow with game releases for all platforms, with next year looking to be a real banger in terms of content.Last edited by hinch - on 16 September 2021