Without a doubt, Activision’s Call of Duty franchise is generally considered to be the most well-known first-person shooter series of all time, and its installments typically end up being the highest selling titles of the year. Even so, according to market research from the industry analyst SuperData, Battlefield 1‘s digital sales for February 2017 managed to best the figures from the publisher’s most recent entry of Infinite Warfare and Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall 2 combined, across all platforms.
Taking this into account, it’s quite possible that the World War I shooter from DICE was able to move more digital units in February 2017 due to Call of Duty fans’ less than zealous reception to Infinite Warfare, as the latter title’s sales were down nearly 50% from 2015’s Black Ops 3. Plus, despite being an incredibly well-reviewed game, Titanfall 2 sales were much lower than expected, according to Electronic Arts, which gave Battlefield 1 ample room to overcome both the futuristic FPS titles during last month.
Of course, one must also take into account the possibility of Battlefield 1‘s first piece of paid DLC, They Shall Not Pass, giving DICE and EA’s first-person shooter an extra dose of vitality in the sales department, as it ended up adding new maps, weapons, items, modes, and more. While that may be the case, it’s important to note, too, that both Infinite Warfare and Titanfall 2 have their own expansion packs as well, with the mech-based shooter’s add-ons being a much more enticing draw for fans by being offered as free DLC.
Beyond Battlefield 1‘s digital sales for last month, the worldwide digital games market grew by 4%, year-over-year in February to $7.83 Billion. According to SuperData, this was due to a 9% and 8% year-over-year growth in the mobile and console segments, respectively, with pay-to-play, free-to-play, and social segments having diminished returns for the month.
All things considered, while the developer DICE will regard Battlefield 1 topping both Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Titanfall 2 in digital sales as a victory, it’s worth mentioning that Infinite Warfare ended up generating the most “Additional Content” revenue thanks to its first DLC release known as Sabotage. At any rate, it will be interesting to see if Battlefield 1 can beat out its first-person shooter competitors for yet another month when it comes to digital sales.
Battlefield 1 is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.