Titanfall 2 was critically praised across all three platforms it released for. That praise, however, didn’t turn into sales according to Electronic Arts. EA didn’t disclose how many copies had been sold during their quarterly earnings report but Morgan Stanley analysts believe it surpassed 4 million sold compared to Battlefield 1’s 15 million units.
In what is a surprise to no one, Titanfall 2 was overshadowed when it released as it was between two FPS juggernauts of the industry, Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty. All three games were released over a three-week window with other big titles launching around the same time. The decision to launch between two of the biggest games of the year stemmed from EA’s belief that there are three kinds of FPS player
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 will really orient in that direction; and the player that just has to play the two greatest shooters this year and will buy both.
Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella was obviously not happy with Electronic Arts with how they launched his game. In an interview with Glixel about whether Titanfall 3 will be a thing this came to light when he said
“We’d definitely like to tell more of the story and the universe. I think it’s pretty safe to assume that we’ll explore more of it. EA might have announced more. Devin?”
At this point, Devin Bennett, a publicist for EA, interjects, “What we’ve said is we’re committed to the franchise.”
“So, whatever the fuck that means,” retorted the Respawn CEO.
While there are likely three kinds of FPS player, it is more likely that you have those who enjoy the openness of Battlefield and the ones who enjoy the speed and close quarters of Call of Duty. The third kind is the player that enjoys both. Titanfall 2 is similar in speed to that of Call of Duty so those on a budget opted for the one which sold more. Titanfall 2 would have been better served and shown respect by EA if it had launched in the new year.
Titanfall 2 is available now on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.