While many first-person shooter gamers are gearing up for Call of Duty: WW2, others are still pouring into last year’s World War 1 title, Battlefield 1. According to Electronic Arts, Battlefield 1 has gained over 2 million additional players since March 2017, bringing the unique player count to 21 million for the shooter.
The success of Battlefield 1 isn’t too surprising considering the massive hype EA built around the title before launch, and the strong performance the game has had since release. Prior to launch, Battlefield 1‘s announcement trailer set numerous records in both views and likes prior to the game’s release. Once the game launched in October 2016, it sported a player base double the size of Battlefield 4 at launch, and outsold both Battlefield 4 and Battlefield Hardline combined in its first week sales.
Battlefield 1‘s sales also eclipsed many of the games released in 2016, beating out all other titles except for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare in sales for the year. And many gamers still debate that placement considering Infinite Warfare‘s sales were heavily boosted by the addition of Modern Warfare Remastered, which was only available alongside Infinite Warfare at the time.
While Battlefield 1 has certainly had its problems, developer DICE has worked diligently to provide regular updates and fixes to the game, making it better with each passing month. Plus, as gamers have discovered various Easter Eggs and other hidden gems in the game, Battlefield 1 has continued to maintain steady attention in the months since its release.
This is all very good news for EA and DICE as the duo prepares to release Star Wars Battlefront 2 later this year. The sequel to 2015’s Battlefront promises to ramp up the experience for gamers with a single player campaign and more expansive options within multiplayer. With Battlefield 1 having so much success, there’s little doubt Battlefront 2 will perform well.
The continued success of Battlefield 1 should also aid in the sales of the next DLC for Battlefield 1: In the Name of the Tsar. There’s still no official release date for the expansion, but with Battlefield 1 continuing to grow its player base, there will undoubtedly be a healthy number of players interested in the DLC.
Battlefield 1 is currently available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.