EA Says Apex Legends Won’t Threaten Battlefield 5 Firestorm

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If you're going to survive the Apex Games, you have to think fast. Taking to Twitter, Zampella revealed that the studio is, in fact, "working on more Titanfall for later in the year" and that the team "loves being able to experiment in this insane universe". However, neither performed as expected. EA shared some preliminary figures showing $1.29 billion in revenue, including $908 million from digital sales and $381 million from packaged goods and "other net revenue". "Respawn also plans to launch a premium game this year that is a new twist on the Titanfall universe", Andrew Wilson, CEO of EA said during an earnings call yesterday. Though it's too early to tell if Apex Legends has the staying power of Fortnite or PUBG, it's clear that Electronic Arts and Respawn want to make it as big as it can possibly be by launching it as a free-to-play title and considering all platforms. The publisher is also gearing up to launch Anthem, and will continue to lean on its tried-and-true Federation Internationale de Football Association franchise. EA wanted Battlefield V to sell around 8.3 million units but only ended up around 7.3 million. Taking aim at the game's story, CFO Blake Jorgensen explained that the developer's focus shouldn't have been on the single-player portion of the experience, but rather the battle royale mode, Firestorm, which had to be delayed until March 2019.

During the same call, EA revealed that Battlefield 5's sales had not met their expectations, since its release in November of previous year, sparking curiosity about how the gaming giant was going to be able to have both Apex Legends and Firestorm succeed together - highlighting similarities. He also pointed to the game's holiday launch.

As cross-play becomes more prevalent, it will likely be a more utilized feature.

It was recently reported by Fortnite News that gamers who search for Apex Legends on Google will likely see a link to download Fortnite at the top of the results. Investors are certainly being cautious-EA's share price is down more than 13 percent this morning.

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