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Battlefront showing “extremely strong preorders”

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Battlefront screenshot

Star Wars is a ridiculously popular franchise. Judging by the Disney showcase I went to yesterday, it is apparent that there is a ton of stuff coming for fans of all ages. However, Battlefront is definitely going to get all the fans who like Star Wars and like shooting things. EA is banking on it, too, based on a recent earnings call.

During an earnings call, EA COO Peter Moore didn’t give specific numbers but did state that Battlefront is enjoying “extremely strong preorders”. However, he also acknowledged that retail pre-orders aren’t the only sign of future success:

More and more, as we see digital start take a hold with our consumers, that preorders become less of a key indicator.

Battlefront is coming to PC, Xbox One and PS4 on 17 November, just a month before the new movie releases. Everyone who buys Battlefront will also receive a free expansion called The Battle of Jakku, which is based on said movie. Yeah, there’s a lot of tie-in, but it makes sense; thanks to the hype of the franchise and the game and movie release coming so close together, EA is expecting Battlefront to sell 9-10 million units by 31 March 2016.

That estimate sounds about right, but I’m still surprised about pre-orders. I’m sure Battlefront will be fun, I’m not going to argue that. I just have seen too many people burned lately with the launch of multiplayer games. Thanks to digital options or retailer estimates, surely it’s safe enough to buy once reviews hit and you know the game is functional and awesome? Then again, who am I to talk – I still pre-order more games than I care to admit. And the Collector’s Editions. I suppose we’re all suckers.

Last Updated: July 31, 2015

23 Comments

  1. HvR

    July 31, 2015 at 14:35

    “Battlefront is coming to PC, Xbox One and PS4 on 17 November,” so players should expect to able to able to login and play no sooner than 23 November. #EA_MadeMeSoCynical

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    • Hammersteyn

      July 31, 2015 at 14:38

      Most MP games really

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    • Corrie

      July 31, 2015 at 14:39

      Don’t forget those Battlepacks !

      #EA_CantdosplitscreenonPC

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      • HvR

        July 31, 2015 at 14:41

        I want this to be good, but loads of pre-orders plus those stupid DLC packs is making me fear the Dark EAmpire

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        • Corrie

          July 31, 2015 at 14:42

          I would’ve pre ordered since it looked good, but the more info drops the more it looks like a re skinned Battlefield

          EA Visceral Star Wars game sounds interesting

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        • Captain JJ Fantasticus

          July 31, 2015 at 14:50

          It’s sad actually. I’m a huge Star Wars fan. Huge.
          If this were a game made by, say, Bethesda or CDPR (would have included WB if it weren’t for Batman AK) I would have been really excited about it.

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    • Captain JJ Fantasticus

      July 31, 2015 at 14:48

      When is Fallout 4 out again?

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        July 31, 2015 at 14:50

        When @disqus_9d4L7lqp4k:disqus ‘s prediction comes true & people can’t log in. Oh wait, did you mean that other little game?

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        • Dutch Matrix

          July 31, 2015 at 15:19

          You have a career waiting in politics…

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    • DrKiller

      August 3, 2015 at 10:13

      2016? πŸ™‚

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    • DrKiller

      August 3, 2015 at 10:13

      2016? πŸ™‚

      Reply

    • DrKiller

      August 3, 2015 at 10:13

      2016? πŸ™‚

      Reply

    • DrKiller

      August 3, 2015 at 10:13

      2016? πŸ™‚

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  2. Captain JJ Fantasticus

    July 31, 2015 at 14:47

    My pre-orders of the last two years include Witcher 3 and Fallout 4.
    The 10+ Early Access games I have don’t count because I’m supporting the indie devs who makes better games than the “AAA” companies. πŸ˜‰

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    • Blogvader

      July 31, 2015 at 15:13

      I feel like I’ve had better luck in terms of quality and playability from indie devs, and I love that they’re accessible on the community forums.

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      • Captain JJ Fantasticus

        July 31, 2015 at 15:15

        I agree 100%

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        • Dutch Matrix

          July 31, 2015 at 15:16

          I disagree 100% just to give some balance to this conversation.

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          • Captain JJ Fantasticus

            July 31, 2015 at 15:24

            LOL

  3. Blogvader

    July 31, 2015 at 14:51

    After Arkham Knight, I am done with preorders.

    I’ll get the game a few weeks after they’ve patched it.

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  4. Dutch Matrix

    July 31, 2015 at 15:18

    But can I play as an Ewok?

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    • Captain JJ Fantasticus

      July 31, 2015 at 15:24

      AKA Care Bear Outlaw

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  5. Simon Mark George

    August 1, 2015 at 00:28

    For Β£50 for the basic edition? Hahaha fuck you E.A.

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