EA: Weaker Last-Gen Battlefield 4 Sales Due to Console Transition, Not Launch Issues

January 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

EA COO Peter Moore says that weaker sales of Battlefield 4 on last generation consoles are due to the turbulence of the console transition and not 'quality issues' that plagued the game's launch. EA announced last night that next-gen software sales were robust, but not strong enough to offset a massive decline in last-generation software during the holiday season.

"We obviously saw some decline in current-gen software that wasn't picked up by the increased anticipation that gamers had and the sales thereof of next-gen. Battlefield 4 was no different from FIFA [14] or Need for Speed [Rivals] in this issue, but this was focused on current-gen rather than, we believe, any issues with the game itself," said Moore.

Moore went on to say that Battlefield 4 has a "long tail" and will continue to sell well throughout the current fiscal year:

"This game has got a long tail as you well know, and we will continue to be able to sell this effectively throughout the next fiscal year. So yes, we did see some impact of the current-gen softness that was indicated by [CEO Andrew Wilson] and [CFO Blake Jorgensen] in their prepared statements, but this was not linked, we believe, to any quality issues."

During its conference call to discuss its Q3 results, EA also revealed that the Battlefield 4 'Premium' DLC season pass had surpassed 1.6 million in sales.

Source: CVG


Comments

Re: EA: Weaker Last-Gen Battlefield 4 Sales Due to Console ...

Whatever you say, EA. I know, the sales go to another school, I wouldn't know them.

Re: EA: Weaker Last-Gen Battlefield 4 Sales Due to Console ...

You're totally right, EA. It's always everybody else's fault. It never has anything to do with you.

Re: EA: Weaker Last-Gen Battlefield 4 Sales Due to Console ...

"This game has got a long tail as you well know,"

Uhhh, that's not true at all.  Your games NOTORIOUSLY have a short shelf-life, as do most third-party games on consoles.

--- With the first link, the chain is forged.

Re: EA: Weaker Last-Gen Battlefield 4 Sales Due to Console ...

Pretty much.  I honestly hate the burner culture that overtook gaming, where we're expected to burn through the game before the next one is released and the old version is just FORGOTTEN.  Hell, games don't stay on the shelves for too long either, on both the Console and PC side

 
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