EA admits disappointment with Warfighter sales
November 1, 2012 | 09:26
EA has conceded that Medal of Honour: Warfighter has not sold as well as the company had hoped.
Chief executive John Riccitiello stated in a financial earnings call following its Q2 results that the game had 'weaker than expected performance' which will have an impact on EA's next quarterly results.
Warfighter shipped last week and has received a near-universal critical mauling. Following its launch, it required an extensive day-one patch to resolve a wide variety of issues which raised a few eyebrows.
Despite this however, Medal of Honour: Warfighter has still risen to the top sales spot in the UK and EA intends to continue marketing support throughout the Christmas period, planning its first piece of downloadable content in December which will tie in to the release of film Zero Dark Thirty.
'While we're disappointed with the critical response, we believe this is a good game with a receptive audience,' said EA President Frank Gibeau.
In its Q2 financial results, EA posted a 40% year-on-year growth in digital revenue. Total revenue for the period was $1.08bn with overall profit for Q2 being $49m. In the earnings call, Riccitiello also picked out the strong performance of EA Sports mainstays Madden, NFL and FIFA as well as the success of The Simpsons: Tapped Out for iOS.
Riccitiello also commented that the strength of the FIFA and Battlefield series mean they are 'well on their way to becoming billion dollar annual franchises.'