Despite rumors of underwhelming Titanfall 2 sales, publisher EA stands by the franchise, saying that it is committed to Titanfall for "many, many years to come."
Unlike its PC and Xbox-only predecessor, Titanfall 2 also launched on PS4, a move that many thought would be beneficial to the series' numbers. However, Titanfall 2's sales have so far been disappointing.
Official sales numbers have not been disclosed by developer Respawn Entertainment or publisher EA, but analysts have suggested that Titanfall 2's sales will be "substantially disappointing," and the game also failed to make a huge impact on the charts during its first week.
Despite the many indications that the first-person shooter is underperforming, EA has reestablished its commitment to the franchise. Discussing the game during an investor briefing, during which the company was repeatedly asked about the game's sales, chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen said, "We are working with Respawn to build a franchise." Jorgensen also added that the Titanfall series "is something that we plan to be working with them on for many, many years to come, and there's huge opportunity inside of that franchise to continue to expand it. Part of the strategy of building a franchise is you have a long view."
EA CEO Andrew Wilson said that "over time we'll work out what the right cadence for next version of Titanfall is and/or any other titles they're working on" and that "the expectation is that Respawn will continue to support and grow the Titanfall community through Titanfall 2." Future Titanfall games haven't necessarily been ruled out then, though nothing appears to be set in stone.
Something that could improve the game's fortunes in future is DLC. Titanfall 2's post-launch DLC will be free, in an effort not to split the game's community, though it could also be used to keep the game in the public eye. Should those freebies prove alluring enough, it stands to reason that gamers who had overlooked the action-packed title will consider it again.
Moreover, the game is sandwiched between other high profile releases such as Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, so perhaps gamers will flock towards it once the hype around these other titles dies down. The majority of Titanfall 2's reviews have been positive, with critics praising the game's single and multiplayer components, and it's not so farfetched to think that with some extra good word of mouth from those who did take a chance with the game, the game's poor run of sales so far can be turned around.
Titanfall 2 is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.