Titanfall 2 released today to a bunch of very positive reviews and lots of buzz. Analyst firm Cowen & Company says, though, that sales for the game will be “substantially disappointing.”
“We think the game got squeezed between Battlefield 1 and [Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare],” the firm said. “We suspect EA believed that by launching two shooters next to Call of Duty it could put a dent in its biggest competitor, but instead EA appears to have wound up shooting its own foot off.”
The World War 1-based Battlefield 1 hit shelves last week, while this year’s entry in Activision’s always-massive Call of Duty franchise releases next week. Titanfall 2 is available as of today.
Battlefield 1 is expected to do well, to the tune of 14 to 16 million copies, but Cowen & Company has adjusted its numbers for Titanfall 2 down from 9 million to 5 or 6. The firm says Titanfall 2‘s poor performance could offset Battlefield 1‘s strong sales.
What about Call of Duty‘s seemingly harmed reputation?
One thing they don’t mention, though, is how much of a ding Call of Duty’s reputation is taking this year as a result of the franchise’s move into space. With Titanfall 2‘s positive reception and Call of Duty‘s struggle with fans, the scales could tip a bit in the former’s favor.
We’ll know more next week when publisher Electronic Arts puts out its latest earnings briefing. Titanfall 2 is out now on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.