Electronic Arts earnings report reveals Battlefield 1 saw twice as many players during its first week than Battlefield 4, showing the game's initial success.
It’s been a big year for Electronic Arts. Along with its normal line up of sports-related releases, the publisher has launched a handful of major titles, including Titanfall 2, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, and Battlefield 1. The latest title, Battlefield 1, has been a major success for the publisher, outselling Battlefield 4 and Battlefield Hardline combined sales in the first week.
Yet it seems the World War I shooter isn’t done dominating the gaming industry. During a financial earnings report shared today, EA revealed the Battlefield 1 player base during launch week was almost double that of Battlefield 4, and is still growing.
While EA didn’t provide specific sales numbers for Battlefield 1, the fact that it’s doing so much better than Battlefield 4 is telling. Granted, Battlefield 4 had a rocky start, but it was still better than EA’s last Battlefield game, Battlefield Hardline, which struggled at launch and never really recovered.
That seems to have changed with Battlefield 1. Thanks to a compelling single-player campaign story, immersive environments, and impressive gameplay, Battlefield 1 is both a financial and critical success.
While Battlefield 1 is doing well, it has yet to be really tested against similar titles in the industry. Titanfall 2 was released shortly after Battlefield 1, but the two titles are different enough that EA doesn’t feel the two will hamper the others’ sales. But with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered releasing later this week, it’ll be interesting to see if Battlefield 1 can continue its strong sales, or if it will fall victim to the power of Call of Duty.
Concerning Titanfall 2, EA CEO Andrew Wilson said the game’s sales haven’t been cannibalized by Battlefield 1. That said, Titanfall 2 sales have been lackluster, and projections from industry experts is the game will continue to see “substantially disappointing” sales. With the futuristic shooter releasing after the financial quarter ended, which the EA report discussed, no firm numbers have been provided by the publisher.
It’s hard to imagine Titanfall 2 picking up steam considering the current momentum Battlefield 1 has, and the upcoming Call of Duty releases. Of course, if Infinite Warfare flops, gamers may be open to jumping into Titanfall 2, but again it will be competing with Battlefield 1.
At it’s current rate, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Battlefield 1 outperform expectations and put the Battlefield franchise back on top as a leader in the shooter genre.
What do you think about Battlefield 1’s success so far?
Battlefield 1 is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.