Can Battlefront’s Beta success force choke its way into sales?

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Battlefront force choke

A couple of weeks ago, Sandy told you about the nine million beta players in Star Wars Battlefront that broke EA’s Beta records. Now, EA has released more info in a sexy infographic, but I’m still not sure that Betas are any indication of final games – both in terms of game quality and player counts.

Remember the massive success that was Destiny’s Beta? Activision kept touting the 4.6 million players who got their Beta pew pew access and loved the game in that form. Of course, it went on to release to less-than-stellar reviews and only really fulfilled its potential with The Taken King expansion. EA keeps punting that with over 9.5 million total players in the Beta, Battlefront has broken EA records. It’s cool, no doubt, but I’m not sure we will see sales figures that break records in the same way. Still, the sexy new infographic from EA is fun to look at.

Battlefront beta infographic

The Dark Side lured more people in with 34 000 more Darth Vader spawns than Luke Skywalkers. And with 1 379 319 force choke kills, it sounds like people were definitely embracing their darker natures. Plus, with 1.6 billion minutes played, here’s hoping EA got enough feedback to treat it like an actual Beta and fix any problems before launch.

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It seemed sort of natural that Battlefront would have so many more Beta players than Destiny did – it’s an established IP, plus the game is available for PC fans. But the Beta led to some rather mixed reactions, even between our own people who write words. Without a single player campaign, and with that ridiculous season pass, will you still be jumping into Battlefront at launch, or will you wait for the reviews to drop?

Last Updated: October 26, 2015

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let’s get on with it!

  • Hammersteyn

    Will not be jumping into Battlefield : Betafront at launch, maybe a year from now if the price comes way down. But then I’d be feed for all the veterans. Plus filthy EA would get my money… Maybe I should just buy Disney’s SW infinity?

    • Dutch Matrix

      Why do you hate EA again?

      • Captain JJ the Goo

        Same reason(s) many others do. Including me.

      • WitWolfy

        Mass Effect 3’s ending.. ‘nough said…

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          One of my favourite examples is Dungeon Keeper for mobiles.

          • WitWolfy

            DUDE!!! Almost forgot that one.

        • Dutch Matrix

          Sweet Lords. You one that drag out old cows out the ditch when you have an argument with your wife, sister, girlfriend and so on?

          • WitWolfy

            I’m an archaeologist.. Always digging up the past.

        • konfab

          I think the ending did it’s job well. True masterpieces are never appreciated by critics when they are initially released.

      • Hammersteyn

        Off the top of my head?

        Dead Space 3 MT and killing the series
        Yearly sports titles
        Buying studios like Westwood and closing them
        Mass Effect 3 ending
        Sims ludicrous DLC
        Killing Simcity
        Dungeon Keeper mobile fiasco.
        Not releasing Dungeon Keeper sequel on PC
        No more C&C or Red Alert
        Remember Wing Commander? Fewer and fewer people do
        Ruined Syndicate franchise
        There’s more I think
        http://i.imgur.com/SLQJc.gif

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          You know IGN even wrote an article about why people hate EA and tried to defend them.

          • Hammersteyn

            The had that bitch that gave a good review for Dragon Age 2 and then ended up working for Bioware O_o

          • WitWolfy

            Dont forget that bitch from Battle tits, she works for IGN too!!!

            http://nerdreactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Jessica-Chobot-Mass-Effect-3.jpg

          • oVg

          • lol

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I miss C&C.
            I remember when I played that last one that EA spewed out..that ruined the franchise. Man, was I disappointed.

          • WitWolfy

            IGNorance… is bliss..

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          NFS series. (I know it was always theirs, but they ruined it out of pure greed)

        • oVg

          bwahahahahaha

      • 3 years old. Still relavent. As f**k.

        • Hammersteyn

          ^THIS, though I like to have my own reasons and not copy of someone else

  • Captain JJ the Goo

    That header XD

    • Hammersteyn

      Dat phototshop. Looks worse than Saturdays scoreline….. too soon?

      • Captain JJ the Goo

        Haha!

      • WitWolfy

        Right in the Matfield penalty…

      • HAHAHA!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      REBEL COUNTRY!

  • Hammersteyn

    There’s just too much missing in this game compared to the previous title. Played galactic conquest for days on end and it’s gone just been left out 😐

    • Ir0nseraph

      Yeah will skip till it hits the bargain bin.

      • Hammersteyn

        Then you can peer pressure me into buying it, like COD

    • WitWolfy

      The BS thing is EA is responsible for all Star Wars IPs now… So expect a fist up your ass with each game to releases from now one…

      • Captain JJ the Goo

        So don’t expect ANY SW strategy games…because EA don’t understand what strategy games are and how they work.
        And expect KOTOR to have QTEs.

        • konfab

          KOTOR 3 will never happen as all new games will be direct cannon. Also I see nothing wrong with the way Bioware did their very limited QTEs.

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I just don’t see the point of QTEs. I’d rather just watch a little trailer than bash a button aimlessly.

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I agree with you on KOTOR. It won’t happen.

  • Captain JJ the Goo

    I just want a new Galactic Battlegrounds game.
    Sadly the good days of decent RTS games are almost gone.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    No SP, no Bovrilfront.

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      Still better than BattleMite.

  • WitWolfy

    Not planning on getting this… I knew EA would find some way to rape the living hell out of it. I’m actually surprised that Disney allowed this.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Disney pioneered milking properties for all they’re worth.

      • oVg

        and killed Bambie. spoiler

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          • Rock789

            Sting killed Bambi?! o_O

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Venison is vital to space travel.

          • WitWolfy

            Nah.. He’s just an Englishman in New York.

    • Disney. That company that lets you pay to get into a smaller queue for rides and then lets you pay to skip the queue entirely by pre-ordering your spot in line?

      • WitWolfy

        I dunno.. Games like Pure and Split/Second were fantastic. And they were made by Disney without any Paywall restrictions or BS DLC.

        • How about Statue DLC that is insanely expensive for what they offer?

          No amount of Star Wars is gonna get me to buy into infinity.

          • WitWolfy

            I cant see the appeal in Infinity to be honest.. With my luck my wife will throw the damned things away or my dogs will chew it up. No thanks.

    • oVg

      Bwahaha Disney, It still has not sunk in.

  • konfab

    Any article with EA in it treads dangerously close to the DANGERZONE.

  • oVg

    Why not? Skyrim is still in BETA

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      Only on eggsbawks

      • oVg

        Unity allowed an entire year for its public BETA on the eggbone

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      Well, Bethesdas games are most still in BETA…but the fact that they’re still better than most other companies’ attempts says even more.

      • Rock789

        Correcto. Fallout 4 will still be better than 85% of the games out there… Just saying! 🙂

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          Yes!
          Witcher 3 being in that other 15% of course 😉
          I haven’t hyped myself up for Fallout4 at all yet. So I’m trying not to talk too much about it.

  • Rock789

    I played the beta… And actually feel it’s convinced me NOT to buy it… Unless it’s, say, under R200. Seriously, it’s just not worth it for me. Everything I was hoping for simply wasn’t there, or there in such a small capacity so as to go unnoticed. So I will be giving this a skip at launch…

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