Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Respawn Entertainment to Deliver a 'New Twist' on Titanfall Later This Year

Respawn Entertainment to Deliver a 'New Twist' on Titanfall Later This Year

Of course, that doesn't mean they lost money, and they still turned a $262 million profit, it's just that they didn't match their own expectations.

EA CEO Andrew Wilson said the company was looking at cross-platform gameplay "in the context of Apex", according to a transcript of the firm's earnings call obtained by Motley Fool. Q3 was a hard quarter for Electronic Arts and we did not perform to our expectations. What do you want to see from a new Titanfall game? The reality of playing with friends across different platforms is still new, so it should gain more traction as time goes on. Fortnite and Rocket League both have jumped into the cross-play scene and have received much praise for doing so. "Elsewhere in the business, we're making adjustments to improve execution and we're refocusing R&D".

However, EA can point to digital sales rising 6% year-on-year, an increase of 15% in FIFA Ultimate Team matches, FIFA 19 being the highest-selling game in Europe last year, and (in the hear and now) a very healthy start for Respawn's new Battle Royale game Apex Legends. EA wanted Battlefield V to sell around 8.3 million units but only ended up around 7.3 million. The combination of weak guidance and more competition from battle royale games seems to have investors spooked about the status of more traditional games. Wilson blamed the shortfall on the decision to focus on single player action instead of a battle royale mode.

EA is expected to add a battle royale mode to Battlefield V sometime in the future, though depending on how successful Apex Legends ends up being, it might not have a big impact on sales.

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