Speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Technology Conference, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen reveals that Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 will release just three weeks apart.
Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 are undoubtedly two of the most highly anticipated shooters (and games in general) of the year. When the two games are released on PC, PS4, and Xbox One later this year, they are both expected to offer explosive action for fans to sink their teeth into. However, although Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 are both set in two very different periods of time (World War 1 and the future, respectively), there is a growing concern that the two, EA-published titles will actually end up competing with one another as gamers choose to buy either or.
Unfortunately, new comments made by Electronic Arts Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Technology Conference have done little to distinguish these fears. During the conference, Jorgensen revealed that Titanfall 2 will release roughly three weeks apart from Battlefield 1, which is scheduled to release on October 21. Jorgensen didn’t disclose whether Titanfall 2 would launch three weeks before Battlefield 1 (which would likely see its release date as September 30) or three weeks after the WW1 shooter (which would likely put its release date at November 11).
This is not the first time that the EA CFO has been forced to respond to questions about the games possibly splitting the playerbase in two. In an investor call last month, Jorgensen called shooters a “giant category” within the games industry at $4.5 billion, also noting that “there’s a very broad and diverse set of players who are looking to fulfill different gameplay motivations.” So, even if critics and fans have their doubts about whether consumers will propel both games to sales success, EA seems to be more than confident that it can appeal to all shooting fans, no matter their specific tastes.
What's also worth noting is that, during the Bank of America conference, Jorgensen also stated that EA is “not unconformable” with the fact that both of the publisher’s upcoming shooters will also have Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare to compete with when that releases on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on November 4. Although the EA CFO didn’t elaborate on exactly why the publisher doesn’t feel that Infinite Warfare poses much of a threat – seemingly overlooking the fact that gamers have responded to Infinite Warfare’s trailer by disliking it en masse, while Battlefield 1’s trailer hits 1 million likes and Titanfall 2’s teaser trailer has received high praise – it’s not hard to see why EA is so unconcerned.
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.