Video Game publisher Electronic Arts reveals that the numbers for Battlefield 1's beta show more players taking part in its trial than Star Wars Battlefront's.
Although Battlefield 1's beta end date has come and gone, it definitely seems as if the first-person shooter's open trial generated plenty of interest ahead of its full release next month. As a matter of fact, in a recent blog post, publisher Electronic Arts announced that the game's beta was the most successful in the company's history, thus usurping the throne from its science fiction title Star Wars Battlefront.
According to the figures, Battlefield 1's open beta drew in just about 13.2 million users during its run from August 30 to September 8. Bearing that in mind, when compared with Star Wars Battlefront's reported player count of more than 9 million, it's easy to see that the World War I-themed title's test has effectively topped the shooter based on George Lucas' intergalactic film franchise.
In addition to the announcement of Battlefield 1's open trial hosting more players than Star Wars Battlefront's, Electronic Arts also put out an infographic that boasts some huge data pertaining to the forthcoming game's beta achievements. For example, as seen in the image below, there were 62.2 million horseback kills, and 23.8 million people who were offed by cars. Furthermore, Assault was the most popular of the multiplayer classes with 30 percent of players picking it, followed by Scout at 28 percent.
With Battlefield 1's beta out of the way, the game's senior producer Aleks Grondal went on to thank fans for participating and for the feedback given for the test. He declared that he and the team at DICE are now analyzing all of the data that's out there, and will use it to the tweak the game if necessary. For instance, Grondal mentioned that the Light Tank performed "a little too well," which implies the developer could reduce its power upon Battlefield 1's official launch.
"I want to personally thank you all for the great feedback you've given us. We're trawling through forum posts, social media mentions, and digging into some great data. We're identifying what worked well, and what didn't work as well. We truly value your input. In the near future, we'll have more details on the changes we'll be making to the full version of the game."
While the data set itself for Battlefield 1's beta is indeed staggering, perhaps the most impressive aspect of it attracting such an astronomically large size of players is that it did so after its servers dealt with a crippling DDoS attack shortly after the test's launch. Although some fans still encountered connectivity issues after the outage, it's obvious that the beta went on to success, as evidenced by the aforementioned massive figures. So, taking all of this into consideration, it will be interesting to see how Battlefield 1 shapes up against its competition in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare once both shooters finally release as we approach the holiday season.
Battlefield 1 is set to release on October 21, 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.