Battlefield 1 And FIFA 17 Reach Record Breaking Player Count

by Robert Workman


A few years ago, players were very discontent with the direction of DICE’s Battlefield series, as they got their hands on Battlefield 4 and discovered a lackluster sequel. Between the bad direction of the single player campaign and the non-working multiplayer servers, the follow-up to Battlefield 3 didn’t do Electronic Arts any favors.

Fast forward to late 2016, when the company released Battlefield 1 alongside the team at DICE, and created a whirlwind of positive praise from the game, both from critics and players alike. It was almost like a complete 180 from what the publisher had released before – and it appears to have paid off in the long run as well.

The company revealed its preliminary reports for the fourth fiscal quarter period ending March 31, 2017, and with it, it revealed that the mega-sequel (well, prequel, kinda) managed to generate a large audience. The game has amassed more than 19 million players, which indicates a 50 percent boost over Battlefield 4 around the same time period. That’s really something. 

On top of that, EA also confirmed that FIFA 17 saw more growth than ever for that particular franchise, indicating that it’s gotten more than 21 million players since its release, with more than 12 million players partaking in The Journey story mode that made its debut in the series last year.

Electronic Arts reported $3.034 billion in digital sales overall, though that only indicates 61 percent of total net sales – a jump of 20 percent over the previous year. It’s also done very well in the mobile division, with Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes leading the charge. That particular game managed to generate 162 minutes a day of average gameplay time, a high one for a mobile release.

Finally, the publisher confirmed that it was the top game publisher for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the Western world for the period, thanks to strong titles like Battlefield 1 and its sports releases.

As for what’s happening this year? It’ll be announcing its full plans during EA Play, and more than likely, Star Wars: Battlefront II will be the big sales leader. After all, DICE apparently can do no wrong after Battlefield 1, right?

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.