During a call today (via Gamespot), an EA stakeholder asked if the publisher would repeat this tactic again. After all, bricks and mortar sales for Titanfall 2 are not doing well in the UK. Also, the share price dipped after analysts made a prediction that the game would fail.
There are speculations that releasing Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 on the same day can be a bad business move on EA’s part. But in my opinion, I think it is more than obvious that this is a deliberate move about Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2. If it will affect the player base of the less popular title, Titanfall 2, is a more important discussion.
CEO Andrew Wilson and EA Defends Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2
EA CEO Andrew Wilson did not answer the question, but he defended its motives. “We think there’s really three types of players,” he stated. “People that really love Battlefield and that kind of big strategic gameplay that will orient in that direction; the player that loves the fast, fluid, kinetic gameplay of Titanfall 2 that really orient in that direction; and the player that just has to play the two greatest shooters this year and will buy both.”
Then EA’s CEO Andrew explains “and again, we’re very very passionate about the quality in both titles. We believe Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 both will have a long sale cycle. Both this quarter through the festive season and deep into the years to come. And so as we think about the long game on this, we couldn’t be in a better position for what we think is delivering great games to a very, very big player base.”
Earlier this week a spokesperson for Respawn indicated that the scheduling is set in stone a long time ago and there is no chance to change it. But one thing is for sure: according to the reviews, it does not need any more time in the oven.