Star Wars Battlefront Now Expected to Ship 13 Million, Up from 10 Million
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Electronic Arts today updated its shipment forecast for Star Wars Battlefront. CFO Blake Jorgensen announced during a post-earnings call that, in part because of the positive reception to the game's multiplayer beta, EA is now expecting to ship 13 million copies by the end of its current fiscal year.
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This is up from EA's previous forecast of 9-10 million copies. EA's current fiscal year ends March 31, 2016.
Jorgensen also said he expects a 80/20 split for Battlefront shipments between the current fiscal quarter and the upcoming fourth quarter ending March 31. In addition, EA has raised full-year revenue expectations by $50 million as a result of the strong response to Battlefront's multiplayer beta, among other things.
Battlefront's multiplayer beta earlier this month attracted 9.5 million players across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. That made it the largest beta in EA's history, though it's unclear what title was the previous record-holder.
Battlefront launches on November 17 across all platforms, which is about a month before Disney's new movie, The Force Awakens, hits theaters. In other recent news, DICE has announced three new multiplayer modes and revealed that Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Emperor Palptatine will be playable characters in the game.
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