EA CEO Believes Battlefield 5’s Battle Royale Mode and Apex Legends Won’t Compete With Each Other
While EA is releasing two battle royale experiences, Apex Legends and Battlefield 5: Firestorm, close to each other, it doesn't think they will compete.
While fan reception seems to have been quite positive to Titanfall battle royale game Apex Legends’ “surprise” release on Monday, some people, myself included, found it weird that EA was willing to release a Titanfall battle royale game so close to Battlefield V’s Firestorm battle royale mode, which is poised to launch sometime in March. As you may remember, many attributed Titanfall 2’s lackluster performance to the game being released quite close to Battlefield 1.
Worrying that this may happen once again, possibly to the underperforming Battlefield V this time, an investor asked EA CEO Andrew Wilson if the publisher believed any tension would be built up between the two battle royale titles during a Q&A. Apparently, EA doesn’t believe this will happen as “while they sit inside the battle royale genre, they are two very different types of experiences.” That being said, the CEO did admit that “On some level, there may also be some crossover.”
“What we have seen is that the community who plays these types of games is hundreds of millions of people strong,” comments Andrew. “Given the size of the community, given the different types of gameplay even with the battle royale genre, we believe those two modes will fit very well together in the community.” Fortnite alone has amassed well over 200 million players so I could see why EA thinks there is enough room to provide two different battle royale games.
Andrew Wilson then delved into how each battle royale experience will able to stand out from each other. “We think that there is an opportunity to deliver the fast-paced gameplay that is Apex Legends and where that game goes to a big part of the community,” he said. “Also, the strategic play, the vehicle play, the things that are unique to the Battlefield battle royale mode, will offer differentiation of play for a different part of that community.”
While Battlefield V’s battle royale mode, titled Firestorm, won’t be releasing until March, both Battlefield V and Apex Legends are currently available across PC, PS4, and Xbox One. While Apex Legends is free-to-play, Battlefield V is a retail game and you can pick up a copy for yourself on Amazon right now.
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