“Titanfall” was the result of Electronic Arts betting on the founders of Respawn Entertainment replicating the success they established with “Call of Duty” and Activision. The publisher revealed sales of the Xbox One and PC game during a financial call on Tuesday which appeared to cement the future of the franchise.
According to NPD sales data revealed by EA COO Peter Moore, “Titanfall” sold 925,000 copies for the Xbox One and PC in North America alone in the month of March. This obviously doesn't include sales number in other regions, sales of digital copies of the game or the number of Xbox One bundles that sold with the game. This number also does not include Xbox 360 sales as that version of the game was not released until April. Factoring in those additional sources, the game has sold well over a million copies.
So, is “Titanfall” off to a good start? Electronic Arts is showing faith in the franchise as CEO Andrew Wilson stated on the call, "Through a new agreement with Vince Zampella and Respawn, we'll be able to bring new Titanfall experiences to players worldwide."
Whether this includes expanding the game to other platforms such as the PS4 and PS3 is unknown at this time. Microsoft secured exclusive console rights to the first game but that does not apply to sequels.
In retrospect, it’s remarkable that “Titanfall” was even released. Geoff Keighley’s “The Final Hours of Titanfall” detailed the trials and tribulations of Respawn Entertainment’s founding following Vince Zampella’s and Jason West’s split from Infinity Ward and Activision.
Development of the game was helter skelter as the studio dealt with a lawsuit from Activision, the departure of West and the need to secure additional funding. It was only through Microsoft stepping in to help fund the game that it was released. There was also the risky decision to strip single-player out of the game and go solely with a multiplayer focus to ensure that “Titanfall” would release in time.
“Titanfall: Expedition”, the first DLC for the game, is expected to be released in May. An exact release date has not been announced yet.