Consumers are responding well to Battlefield 1, with more than 500,000 viewers tuning in to the live reveal, and the trailer passing 20 million views on YouTube.
The hype is real for Battlefield 1. Despite recent entries in the franchise dropping the ball – with Battlefield 4‘s rocky launch and the lukewarm reception to Battlefield Hardline – fans are still excited as ever for the next game in the series. This is apparent by the overwhelming response to the game’s reveal, as over 500,000 people tuned in to see Battlefield 1‘s unveiling across YouTube and Twitch – and that’s not even counting those that watched on other streaming services.
Perhaps the rumors that Battlefield 1 would be set during World War I can be credited with such a higher viewer turnout for the unveiling. After all, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare‘s trailer has been criticized quite a bit, with many fans complaining about its futuristic, sci-fi setting. The idea of a major shooter franchise returning to a historical setting could have been what drove the initial interest in Battlefield 1.
Since Battlefield 1‘s reveal, interest in the game has continued to increase. The Battlefield 1 reveal trailer has passed 20 million views on YouTube, which is more than all of the different language Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailers combined. Fan response to the trailers have quite the divide as well, with Battlefield 1‘s official reveal trailer enjoying over 1 million “likes,” and Infinite Warfare‘s trailer hit with a stunning 1,275,894 dislikes at the time of this writing.
Even though Battlefield 1 seems to have garnered a much more positive reception from fans, it doesn’t mean that the game will sell better than Infinite Warfare. Call of Duty games consistently top sales charts, even in their weaker years, so even though there’s more of a positive vibe surrounding Battlefield 1, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will outperform Infinite Warfare.
And if Activision did become worried at the prospect of Battlefield 1 outselling Infinite Warfare, then the company has a quick-fix solution to that problem. It could make Modern Warfare Remastered a bonus for all copies of Infinite Warfare, as opposed to only those that buy Infinite Warfare‘s special editions. Considering the immense popularity of Modern Warfare, it seems like such a move could almost guarantee that Call of Duty dominates the sales charts once again in 2016.
Giving away Modern Warfare Remastered isn’t a likely scenario, but there’s a chance Infinite Warfare won’t need the boost anyway. Battlefield games have never sold more than Call of Duty titles, but if Battlefield 1 did manage to do just that, it could result in major changes in the FPS market.
Battlefield 1 will be available on October 21st for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.