First-person shooter fans are in for double the action this Fall as far as video game publisher Electronic Arts is concerned.
During a recent earnings call, the company announced that Titanfall 2, Respawn Entertainment’s second major project that was announced for the first time earlier last month, will launch in the final quarter of this year.
As many Battlefield fans will know, that puts it in the same launch window as DICE’s recently-revealed project, Battlefield 1, scheduled to launch on October 21. With the addition of Activision’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered launch on November 4, it’s going to make for a pretty congested season of first-person shooter releases.
When asked for thoughts on the decision to launch Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 so close together, EA CEO Andrew Wilson had this to say:
“This is a giant category in our industry–[a] $4.5 billion category,” he explained. “There’s a very broad and diverse set of players who play games in that category who are looking to fulfill different gameplay motivations. Some people play very quick-play, or something with more strategic play; some people want both in different contexts.
“The result of that is that we feel we actually have a really strong position to deliver the broadest set of gameplay mechanics as it relates to [the] first-person shooter genre across the two titles and feel very confident that we are well-positioned to do very well in that category in the year. Certainly you see the reception around Battlefield 1; we feel very good about that. The energy around Titanfall 2 is also building very nicely. We look forward to showing you more of both of those titles at EA Play in June.”
Mark your calendars for EA’s press conference on June 12.