EA’s latest quarterly fiscal report included a stark admission: Battlefield V‘s sales fell way below expectations. This, combined with a severe drop in mobile-gaming revenue, led EA’s executives to admit that they were “disappointed in our underperfomance” in fiscal Q3 2019.
BFV‘s sales to date, according to EA COO and CFO Blake Jorgensen, have reached 7.3 million copies across all platforms worldwide, which the company says is “one million less” than it had indicated in previous Q3 2019 guidance. Jorgensen didn’t mince words: he blamed the drop in the series’ uptake by the developers’ focus on a single-player campaign, as opposed to having a promised battle royale mode ready for fans in time for the game’s launch.
EA CEO Andrew Wilson took the opportunity to confirm that BFV‘s battle royale mode, currently dubbed Firestorm, will launch in March of this year. Wilson did not offer further details about any monetization strategy for that mode; it currently requires that consumers buy the game’s retail edition, much like the battle royale mode found in Activision’s multiplayer-only game Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. (That Activision game includes additional microtransactions in its battle royale mode.)