EA reaffirms its belief during a recent investors call that it believes both Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 will thrive even though both are launching near each other.
This year is already shaping up to be a strong one for EA. Even as Star Wars Battlefront continues to sell well for the company, the long requested sequel, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, finally arrives next month, EA has also hyping fans up for its late 2016 offerings with the recently revealed WWI shooter Battlefield 1 and a brand new entry in the Titanfall series. With two high profile shooter scheduled to release sometime later this year, EA is feeling pretty confident that both titles will find success.
During a recent investors call, EA CEO Andrew Wilson explained why the company has no issues releasing both Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 later this year, considering that both are major first-person shooters. Wilson believes that both games cater to different kinds of shooter players, so instead of cannibalizing the sales of both titles, EA should have broad coverage of the shooter market.
When asked about potential sales of Titanfall 2, CFO Blake Blake Jorgensen is confident that it will outsell the first game, if not just for the fact that the sequel is releasing on all platforms now. He’s less sure of the attach rate considering that the original game was one of the first major AAA titles for the Xbox One.
“[Shooters are] a giant category in our industry, $4.5 billion, there’s a very broad and diverse set of players who are looking to fulfill different gameplay motivations. Some people play very quick play, some people play more strategic, some people want both in different context.”
Both titles are expected to be major features next month at EA Play, a new event taking place the same week as E3 in Los Angeles. This year, EA has decided to scrap its traditional booth plans to focus on this new event which is more community focused. Taking place in both Los Angeles and London, EA Play promises to feature plenty of hands-on demos, livestreaming, guest appearances, competitions, and much more. While the final games list has not been revealed, many fans expect some of EA’s high profile games like Mass Effect Andromeda, Titanfall 2, and Battlefield 1 to be showcased during the event.
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Titanfall 2 is expected sometime within Q3 of 2016 while Battlefield 1 has a confirmed launch date of October 21, 2016. Both games are launching on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.