EA has big hopes for Star Wars Battlefront and expects the game to sell over 13 million copies thanks to the hype surrounding the beta and the upcoming film.
Long-awaited sequels like Halo 5 and Fallout 4 are sure to be big sellers and game of the year contenders this winter, but never underestimate the power of the Star Wars brand. Star Wars Battlefront, the upcoming first-person shooter in the galaxy far, far away, just wrapped up an incredibly successful and popular beta and EA is confident that the game is going to be under a lot of Christmas trees this year.
EA’s initial sales estimates for Star Wars Battlefront predicted that the game would move nine million copies. After millions of gamers flocked to consoles to participate in the Battlefront beta and the last trailer for The Force Awakens raised Star Wars fever to an all-time high, EA is increasing that prediction by four million units.
During the latest EA investors call, chief operating officer Peter Moore made the company’s latest prediction public…
“We feel very good about 13 million units.”
The Star Wars Battlefront beta offered a lot of interesting stats about the game thanks to the participation of roughly nine million gamers. That participation combined with the fact that the usual Battlefield games sell roughly nine million copies led EA to believe that Battlefront is perfectly position to go above and beyond initial expectations. If console sales see another spike, as Microsoft is predicting, then the potential market for Battlefront will also be growing.
After the beta, a new Battlefront trailer confirmed that other iconic character’s from the franchise, including Han Solo and Leia, would also be playable in the game with the help of power-ups. If the rate at which new Star Wars toys have been flying off the shelves at Target is any indication of interest, then it seems like gamers in all age ranges will be excited to battle on Hoth, fire blasters, and fly X-Wings over the holiday season.
What do you think about EA’s prediction? Do you expect Star Wars Battlefront to be one of the most popular games this winter? Let us know in the comments.
Star Wars Battlefront is set to release on November 17, 2015 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.