EA must be feeling pretty happy about themselves right now, after stating in an earning call for Q1 2017 sales that they expect to ship a combined 25 million copies of Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 in their first year. That’s 15 million copies of Battlefield 1, and nine to ten million copies of Titanfall 2, up two to three million from the first game’s seven million total.
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While nobody would question the likelihood of Battlefield 1 selling that many copies (and then a few million more), Titanfall 2 will do well to outsell its predecessor by that margin, especially given its late October release date and the general reception of the first game.
EA’s CFO Blake Jorgensen insisted that those figures are only guidance figures, and that the they expect those figures could be higher in the case of Battlefield 1. “So, on the guidance, we talked rough numbers with people. We told people that typically a Battlefield title is about [15 million] in a year. Our guidance is slightly under that. And we hope that that excitement builds and it will clearly go through that number, but for right now, it's slightly under that number.
“And Titanfall did a little more than 7 million units last time. It was early in the cycle and one of the few titles out there. We think it will do more than that, but it's probably closer to 10 million than it is to 15 million is built into our guidance. So closer to 9 million to 10 million on Titanfall and just under 15 million on Battlefield 1,” said Blake Jorgensen.