EA will not release a new Battlefield game in 2020 and it will not revisit Titanfall for quite some time, as stated in a Q2 2020 earnings call with its investors.
This is because Apex Legends is its golden goose right now, and EA wants to look after that property to form a foundation for its new games and new ventures to build from. In its Q1 earnings call, live service net bookings had increased by 12 per cent year-on-year to $504 million, and the primary contributor to this impressive statistic was Apex Legends. EA described Respawn Entertainment’s free-to-play battle royale as a ‘powerful new IP’ and has poured a lot of energy and moolah into its competitive scene.
‘We’re investing in Apex Legends as our shooter in fiscal 2021,’ chief operating officer and chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen stated. As such, Battlefield and Titanfall have been relegated but this is not to say that EA will abandon these properties. The company has justified its decision with reference to the next-generation of consoles. The PlayStation 5 and Project Scarlett are both expected to hit the shelves in late 2020. ‘Bringing our Battlefield next year where the new console base is fairly small, doesn’t really give justice to the potential of the title,’ CEO Andrew Wilson said.
‘Our Battlefield franchise and its community are also a major focus for us and we’ll add new content and new ways to play Battlefield V in FY ’21,’ he explained. ‘Targeting new innovation that will be enabled by next-gen platforms and a growing installed base on the new consoles, our next Battlefield game is set for FY ’22.’ This is a rational choice, although some Battlefield die-hards may feel a little disappointed. Battlefield V will receive its next expansion tomorrow, and Chapter 5: War in the Pacific will bring new maps, new factions, new rewards, and new challenges to the game. So, players won’t be left in the lurch.
As for Titanfall, the latest installment of the mecha-shooter series came out in 2016, which was practically aeons ago. When an investor mentioned that Titanfall 3 was unmentioned during the call, Wilson said that EA is very dedicated to Apex Legends. ‘We really want to keep the team hyper-focused on Apex because we see there’s so much opportunity there,’ he elaborated. ‘I can’t give you a sense of if and when it will come. But we’re still a great brand and we certainly won’t forget about it down the road.’
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