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Battlefield Hardline Launching March 17

EA confirms release date for upcoming shooter as part of latest earnings report; revenue and profit increase year-over-year.

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Battlefield Hardline will be released on March 17, 2015.

Electronic Arts confirmed the release date today as part of its latest earnings report. The game was previously pegged to launch on October 21, but in July, EA delayed the game to add "more innovation."

The new date applies to all platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. Hardline will launch in Europe on March 19.

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For the quarter ended September 30, EA recorded revenue of $1.2 billion, compared to $1 billion during this quarter last year. Overall, EA posted a profit of $232 million for the period, up significantly from the $105 million in profit the company recorded a year ago.

"Electronic Arts continues to put our players first, delivering new experiences, innovation, and new ways to play," EA CEO Andrew Wilson said in a statement. "It was an excellent second quarter, with strong new titles, deep player engagement in our live services, and ongoing digital growth driving continued momentum."

A healthy percentage of EA's revenue during the quarter came from digital channels. Of the $1.2 billion total revenue, $453 million was from digital games and $767 million was physical titles. Last year, the breakdown was $348 million and $692 million, respectively.

For the calendar year so far, EA says it is the top publisher on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, led by games such as FIFA 15, NHL 15, Madden NFL 15, EA Sports UFC, Titanfall, Battlefield 4, and FIFA 14.

During the quarter alone, EA players recorded more than 1.9 billion hours of gameplay across console and PC, the company said.

Madden NFL 15 was one of EA's biggest new releases during the quarter. Though unit sales were not announced, EA said that gamers have played more than 89 million games so far, up 48 percent compared to last year.

On the mobile front, monthly active users for EA games averaged over 155 million during the quarter. Sports games for mobile devices showed particularly strong growth, with games averaging more than 40 million monthly active users during the quarter, which is up 250 percent year-over-year. This success was led by Madden NFL Mobile and FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Mobile, EA said.

The Ultimate Team modes for FIFA, Madden, and NHL were also on the rise, collectively jumping 96 percent year-over-year in terms of net revenue.

For more on player habits for EA games in the last quarter, check out this infographic. It touts huge numbers like 1 billion goals scored in FIFA 15 since launch, 199 million hours logged in Battlefield 4, and over 1.1 billion races completed in Real Racing 3. The infographic also reveals, somewhat unsurprisingly, that Battlefield 4 is the top EA Access game on Xbox One.

EA will hold a call with investors and media today to discuss these results and answer questions starting at 5 PM Eastern.

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