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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.

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

62 Comments

  1. Hammersteyn

    October 26, 2015 at 11:57

    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?

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    • Dutch Matrix

      October 26, 2015 at 12:02

      Why do you hate EA again?

      Reply

      • Captain JJ the Goo

        October 26, 2015 at 12:13

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

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      • WitWolfy

        October 26, 2015 at 12:23

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

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        • Captain JJ the Goo

          October 26, 2015 at 12:24

          One of my favourite examples is Dungeon Keeper for mobiles.

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          • WitWolfy

            October 26, 2015 at 12:28

            DUDE!!! Almost forgot that one.

        • Dutch Matrix

          October 26, 2015 at 12:25

          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?

          Reply

          • WitWolfy

            October 26, 2015 at 12:27

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

        • konfab

          October 26, 2015 at 12:48

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

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      • Hammersteyn

        October 26, 2015 at 12:24

        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

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        • Captain JJ the Goo

          October 26, 2015 at 12:25

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

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          • Hammersteyn

            October 26, 2015 at 12:26

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

          • WitWolfy

            October 26, 2015 at 12:30

            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

            October 26, 2015 at 13:00

          • RinceThis

            October 26, 2015 at 14:56

            lol

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            October 26, 2015 at 12:31

            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

            October 26, 2015 at 12:28

            IGNorance… is bliss..

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          October 26, 2015 at 12:26

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

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        • oVg

          October 26, 2015 at 12:57

          bwahahahahaha

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      • James Anderton

        October 26, 2015 at 12:49

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

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        • Hammersteyn

          October 26, 2015 at 13:01

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

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          • James Anderton

            October 26, 2015 at 13:03

            ain’t nobody got time for an opinion πŸ˜‰

  2. Captain JJ the Goo

    October 26, 2015 at 11:59

    That header XD

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    • Hammersteyn

      October 26, 2015 at 12:00

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

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      • Captain JJ the Goo

        October 26, 2015 at 12:00

        Haha!

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      • WitWolfy

        October 26, 2015 at 14:35

        Right in the Matfield penalty…

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      • RinceThis

        October 26, 2015 at 14:56

        HAHAHA!

        Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      October 26, 2015 at 12:27

      REBEL COUNTRY!

      Reply

      • Captain JJ the Goo

        October 26, 2015 at 12:28

        XD

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      • Kromas untamed

        October 26, 2015 at 12:31

        YOUR NOT MY REBEL SUPERVISOR!

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  3. Hammersteyn

    October 26, 2015 at 11:59

    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 😐

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    • Ir0nseraph

      October 26, 2015 at 12:35

      Yeah will skip till it hits the bargain bin.

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      • Hammersteyn

        October 26, 2015 at 13:00

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

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    • WitWolfy

      October 26, 2015 at 12:38

      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…

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      • Captain JJ the Goo

        October 26, 2015 at 12:40

        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.

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        • konfab

          October 26, 2015 at 12:51

          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.

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          • Captain JJ the Goo

            October 26, 2015 at 12:56

            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

            October 26, 2015 at 12:58

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

  4. Captain JJ the Goo

    October 26, 2015 at 12:00

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

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  5. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 26, 2015 at 12:03

    No SP, no Bovrilfront.

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    • Captain JJ the Goo

      October 26, 2015 at 12:15

      Still better than BattleMite.

      Reply

  6. WitWolfy

    October 26, 2015 at 12:17

    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.

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      October 26, 2015 at 12:26

      Disney pioneered milking properties for all they’re worth.

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      • oVg

        October 26, 2015 at 12:56

        and killed Bambie. spoiler

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          October 26, 2015 at 13:04

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          • Rock789

            October 26, 2015 at 13:51

            Sting killed Bambi?! o_O

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 26, 2015 at 14:16

            Venison is vital to space travel.

          • WitWolfy

            October 26, 2015 at 14:36

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

    • Kromas untamed

      October 26, 2015 at 12:30

      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?

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      • WitWolfy

        October 26, 2015 at 12:34

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

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        • Kromas untamed

          October 26, 2015 at 12:42

          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.

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          • WitWolfy

            October 26, 2015 at 14:37

            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

      October 26, 2015 at 12:53

      Bwahaha Disney, It still has not sunk in.

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  7. konfab

    October 26, 2015 at 12:44

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

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  8. oVg

    October 26, 2015 at 12:52

    Why not? Skyrim is still in BETA

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    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      October 26, 2015 at 12:53

      Only on eggsbawks

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      • oVg

        October 26, 2015 at 12:55

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

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    • Captain JJ the Goo

      October 26, 2015 at 12:57

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

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      • Rock789

        October 26, 2015 at 13:08

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

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        • Captain JJ the Goo

          October 26, 2015 at 13:15

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

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  9. Rock789

    October 26, 2015 at 13:01

    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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