It looks like 2016 is shaping up to be a great year for first-person shooter fans. “Overwatch” was successfully launched last May and created another cash cow for Blizzard Entertainment to milk. Yet another Call of Duty game will be arriving this November 4th, titled “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare”. And Electronic Arts has just released two different FPS games one week apart from each other: “Titanfall 2” and “Battlefield 1”.
“Titanfall 2”, obviously the sequel to Respawn Entertainment’s “Titanfall” back in 2013, was received positively by players, with some saying that it’s the ‘complete’ form of the first game. The game builds upon the mechanics introduced in “Titanfall” and takes it a notch further. However, some have lamented that “Battlefield 1” will overshadow the game, considering the Battlefield series is more popular and more established. Not to mention “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” is just around the corner. Which may translate to less sales for the mecha-themed FPS.
However, it looks like EA CEO Andrew Wilson isn’t worried too much about it. In fact he’s more optimistic. In an investor’s meeting, Wilson says that the two games will “fulfill very different motivations in what a player is looking for”. He says that “Battlefield 1” will be picked up by players who are more into “big strategic gameplay”, while “Titanfall 2” will be more in line with players looking for “fast, fluid, kinetic gameplay”.
He goes on to say that they believe the two games will have a long lifespan, sales-wise, not only in this quarter and the holiday season, but in the following years, too. If the games produce stellar post-release content in the following months, then it’s probably safe to assume that they will indeed stay relevant in the long run. Or at least until EA’s next cash cow arrives in 2017 in the form of the “Star Wars Battlefront” sequel.
“Titanfall 2” is fresher
The one big advantage of “Titanfall 2” is that it’s the ‘fresh face’ out of the three. Meaning, players will be inclined to try out the mecha-themed game over the familiar titles produced from the Battlefield and Call of Duty series – especially the latter, which is already being criticized as just another rehash of previous titles. At least “Battlefield 1” is sort of a reboot of the series.
Really, though, shooting down enemies with a giant mecha is way better. For a mecha anime fan, “Titanfall 2” is like a dream come true. Since the game has just been released, we won’t know just how much the other two FPS games will affect its sales. Let’s check back when the holiday sales report arrives early next year.