Approximately four out of five console copies of Battlefield Hardline were sold on Xbox One and PS4, EA has revealed, leaving just 20% of sales on Xbox 360 and PS3.
The figure, EA says, is an illustration of “how far the [console] transition has already come”, even if it doesn’t intend to drop support for last-gen consoles yet.
“So we will see a slow movement away from Gen-3 [Xbox 360 and PS3],” EVP Blake Jorgensen stated during the publisher’s latest earnings call last night. “As a reminder, we’ve been making Gen-2 console games up until the last year or so. For some of our bigger franchises like our sports franchises, we’ll continue to make Gen-3. But we’re making some decisions on new franchises and titles to focus on Gen-4, partially because the power of the platform allows for exceptional gameplay and incredible graphics.”
One of those titles will be Star Wars Battlefront, which launches exclusively on PS4, Xbox One and PC this November. Next year’s Mirror’s Edge is also expected to be a current-gen-only title.
“And for something like Star Wars, we wanted to make sure that we provided the highest level of quality for the game experience,” Jorgensen continued, “and you can do that only on Gen-4 and PC.”
Source: EA (via seekingalpha.com)