May 20, 2018

Star Wars Battlefront 2 was a "learning opportunity", according to EA

03 February 2018, 01:48 | Erma Lawrence

Battlefield 1 hits 25 million players, Star Wars Battlefront II sells lower than expected

Star Wars Battlefront 2 On Track To Sell Less Copies Than Battlefront 2015

EA exec Blake Jorgensen said he did not know when Battlefront III would be released, which is slightly odd as they've been coming out the same time as the new mainline film entries - so you'd assume the next one was due Christmas 2019.

Electronic Arts reported financials for its fiscal third quarter ended December 31 that were slightly below what analysts expected, as its marquee game, Star Wars: Battlefront II, sold only 9 million copies during the holiday quarter. The game effectively personified the video game loot box problem, with Battlefront 2 effectively blending the game's microtransaction and progression systems together with an element of chance.

The Star Wars Battlefront 2 with a better reputation, from 2005. "We're now working hard on more updates that will meet the needs of our players, and we hope to bring these to the Battlefront II community in the months ahead". This is consistent with previous comments from Dice General Manager Oskar Gabrielson, who said "the ability to purchase crystals in-game will become available at a later date, only after we've made changes". The sales number is heavily down from 14 million copies sold during its launch of Star Wars: Battlefront in 2015. So, even if it were to come out in the future, it will be after this new Star Wars game.

Wilson went on to say that EA has a "tremendous relationship with Disney" and they "have been very proactive in that relationship in service of the players". "We never meant to build an experience that could be seen as unfair or lacking clear progression", he said.

If we look back at the last quarter of EA, the companies live services that included optional add-on content made about $787 million. The Respawn Star Wars title will be coming down the pipeline as well by Fiscal Year 2020 (March 2020 at the latest) according to EA during their earnings call. "We believe the growth was primarily driven by EA's Ultimate Team modes", he wrote.

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