During Electronic Arts’ financial conference call related to the quarter ended on September 30th, CEO Andrew Wilson and CFO Blake Jorgensen talked about their optimism for both Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2.
“We’re not planning on updating our unit guidance for any product, including those that we’re very optimistic about, both Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2. We’re early in the Holiday sales cycle, and while there is incredible excitement around both, we just don’t want to get ahead of ourselves […] But don’t take that as a negative on either product. We’re very excited about both of them in terms of long opportunity, not just in the quarter but for one to two years to come.”
Wilson was also asked to comment on the possibility of Titanfall 2 being cannibalized by Battlefield 1 and other similar games.
“As we talked about coming into this, the first person shooter category is a very large category, I think one of the largest. This year it’s posed to be the largest due to the lack of some action adventure titles. It actually breaks down into a number of key categories. We believe that Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2, while they have some overlap, fulfill very different motivations in what a player is looking for. So we think there is three types of players: people that really love Battlefield, and that type of big, strategic gameplay, are going in that direction. Players that love fast, fluid, kinetic gameplay of Titanfall 2 are oriented in that direction… And the player that just has to play the two greatest shooters this year will buy both.
Again, we’re very, very excited about the quality in both titles, we believe they both will have a long life cycle this quarter through the festive season and deep into the years to come. So as we think of that, the long game on this, we couldn’t be in a better position than delivering great games to a very big playerbase.
Personally, having played both games (incidentally, my review of Titanfall 2 will be on DualShockers soon to join the one for Battlefield 1, so look forward to it), I can definitely attest that they are two entirely different experience, and both are definitely worth playing.