Electronic Arts has discussed its sales expectations for both Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2, two of its biggest games of this year. That being said, the company is lowering its expectations for Battlefield 1, but ensures Titanfall 2 will do better than its predecessor.
In the company’s latest earnings report, chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen revealed that it has projected Battlefield 1 sales to be “slightly under” what the franchise usually sees in a year.
“Typically a Battlefield does 15 million in a year,” Jorgensen said. “Our guidance is slightly under that and we hope that excitement builds and it’ll go through that number, but for now it’s slightly under that number.”
That being said, Battlefield 1 has received pretty overwhelmingly positive feedback from players since its announcement earlier this year. The game’s reveal trailer managed to become one of the most liked trailers of all time on YouTube, though at the time it seemed everyone was “linking” the Battlefield trailer and “disliking” the Call of Duty trailer.
As for the company’s other big hitter, Titanfall 2, EA expects this game to perform better than the 2014 release. Though this is likely due to more people having current-gen consoles and the game’s release coming to all platforms, rather than it being a PC and Xbox exclusive.
“[The first] Titanfall did a little more than seven million units last time. It was early in the cycle, one of the few titles out there,” Jorgensen said. “We think [Titanfall 2 will] do more than that, but it’s probably closer to 10 [million] than it is to 15, as built into our guidance. So 9-10 on Titanfall and just under 15 on Battlefield 1.”
Many have criticised EA Games for putting both of their biggest shooters in the same timeframe. Battlefield 1 launches on October 21 and Titanfall 2 launches in October 28. EA however disagree, saying that the two games launching alongside each other will strengthen its position in the shooter genre.
I guess we’ll have to wait and see.