EA confirms that Titanfall 2 hasn’t met its sales expectations since it launched last October, but pledges a long-term commitment to the franchise going forward.
Last year’s Titanfall 2 was a critical darling that didn’t make such a big splash in terms of sales. During an earnings call this week, the company’s CFO Blake Jorgensen admitted that the game had underperformed, but noted that the publisher has no plans to drop the franchise as a result.
EA’s CEO Andrew Wilson noted that the company maintains a “great relationship” with developer Respawn, according to a report from Gamespot. He also predicted that Titanfall 2 will offset its poor performance at launch by maintaining decent sales for a long period of time, thanks to its high quality.
“The way we think about Titanfall, is that we have what is one of the best games of this year, and certainly one of the best games in this generation of consoles, in what is this year’s largest category,” explained Wilson. “And we’ve got a development team who have unbelievable pedigree and a commitment to continue to support the community, and we expect to continue to grow that community through the coming fiscal year.”
It certainly seems that EA is eager to shift the blame for the poor sales performance of Titanfall 2 away from Respawn. This makes a lot of sense, as many felt that the game was sent to die so that EA’s other big 2016 FPS, Battlefield 1, could better compete with its arch-rival Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
Titanfall 2 was released directly inbetween Battlefield 1 and Infinite Warfare. Given that its predecessor was an Xbox exclusive that garnered a mixed critical reaction, it’s perhaps of little surprise that its sales were underwhelming.
Of course, we don’t know the extent to which Titanfall 2 missed the mark in terms of units sold. EA representatives didn’t mention a figure on yesterday’s call, which suggests that we might never learn how much the game sold in actuality.
However, it’s reassuring to see EA commit to the franchise going forward. Titanfall may never be able to compete with the likes of Call of Duty and Battlefield in terms of online multiplayer, but the strong single-player campaign present in Titanfall 2 suggests that the series could find its own niche.
Of course, we’ll have to wait and see whether EA is truly committed to the franchise, or simply paying lip service. Earlier this month, a mobile spin-off was abruptly cancelled, so there’s clearly some doubt as to its continued popularity.
Titanfall 2 is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.