EA announced that the latest Battlefield game failed to make its sales expectations.
EA hoped the DICE shooter would sell about 8.5 million copies during Q3. It did not meet that lofty goal, and therefore missed sales expectations for the holiday period. EA CEO Andrew Wilson revealed during the company’s Q3 fiscal earnings call that the game had only sold 7.3 million copies.
Wilson noted two reasons why Battlefield V under performed. First, the game was delayed from October 19 to November 20, pushing it further into the holiday season and after the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2. Second, the decision to focus on single player over the Firestorm Battle Royale mode. It should be noted that Firestorm is still not out.
Battlefield V is the second DICE developed game in a row not to meet sales expectations. 2017s Star Wars Battlefront II failed to meet EA’s goals after it was mired in controversy. Likewise, Battlefield V suffered from controversy, though not near as much as Battlefront II. Like with the Star Wars title, EA hopes to turn Battlefield V around with the release of more free content, like Firestorm, and paid cosmetics. They said their committed to the game through fiscal 2020, which ends March 31, 2020.
Battlefield V is available now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.