Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 due to arrive just seven days apart

Here’s something you may have overlooked during EA’s glitzy E3 conference – Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 launch within a week of one another.

Battlefield 1 is due 21st October while Titanfall 2 drops 28th October.

Although dozens upon dozens of games launch in October – it’s the busiest month of the year for gaming, after all – EA’s timing is more than open to scrutiny. Similarities between the two games are vast, with the most obvious being the online multiplayer focus.

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It’s akin to Ubisoft launching two Tom Clancy games, or Bethesda releasing two 100+ hour RPGs, within a week. Most gamers are likely to only buy one, and we can’t help but think that it’ll be Titanfall 2 – previously an Xbox-exclusive series lest you forget – that’ll trail behind in terms of sales.

It’s unlikely to flop – both were revealed with much fanfare and excitement, and with EA behind them they’re both likely to receive huge marketing budgets – but if forced to choose between the two, it’s not hard to imagine your everyday shooter fan picking the already well-established Battlefield over Titanfall, a relative newcomer.

We’ve heard people claim that EA effectively sent the Titanfall franchise out to die by making it an Xbox-exclusive to begin with. It now seems that it’s second shot of success could also be compromised.

EA has clearly refrained from releasing it in November to prevent a clash the unstoppable Call of Duty. A December release would have been out of the question too – for reasons we have never really understood, the last month of the year is a no-go for AAA releases.

You have to hand it to EA, though – they clearly have confidence in the mech shooter sequel to put it up against their biggest non-sports franchise.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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