After much rumour and speculation, last month, EA and Respawn Entertainment officially announced Titanfall 2 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. An incredibly short teaser trailer was released, complete with some dark narration about what it means to be a hero. Fans were also excited as the trailer appeared to picture some kind of electric sword, which could be good fun to wield in battle.
While we’ll have to wait until EA’s ‘EA Play’ E3 2016 event next month for a look at Titanfall 2’s gameplay (and for more info on those electro-swords, hopefully), the publisher recently revealed that the game will launch in 2016. However, this has sparked concerns from investors that Titanfall 2 and Batlefield 1 will compete too heavily with each other, forcing EA to respond.
Titanfall 2 Launches 2016; Battlefield 1 Cannibalization Concerns
During its latest earnings call, EA revealed that Titanfall 2 will be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One sometime during Q3 of its fiscal year, which is between October and December 2016. Battlefield 1 launches in October, leading EA CEO Andrew Wilson to respond to “concerns around cannibalization and mistiming.”
Wilson noted that first-person shooters are a “giant category in our industry, $4.5 billion category” and that “there is a very broad and diverse set of players who play games in that category who are looking to fulfil different gameplay motivations.” Moreover:
“Some people play very quick play, some people more strategic play, and some people want both in different context. The result of that is, we feel like we actually have a really strong position to deliver the broadest set of gameplay mechanics as it relates to 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.”
However, some have pointed out that Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 don’t just have each other to compete with as Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (along with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered) also arrive in November. Granted, Infinite Warfare has so far had a far less positive reception than the two EA-published shooters but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t’ pose some serious competition in an already crowded space.
Which first-person shooters do you plan on buying this year? Do you think EA should delay Titanfall 2? Leave a comment and let us know.