Financial earnings reports are usually a pretty tedious read. However, there are some interesting takeaways to be found in the latest results from Electronic Arts.
EA has reported earnings of $1.35 billion in its second quarter fiscal 2020 earnings report. Wonderful news, we’re sure. But what does it mean for the company’s games?
In a statement issued alongside the earnings, EA CEO Andrew Wilson says:
“It was an excellent second quarter for Electronic Arts. Our new EA Sports titles are thrilling core fans and bringing in new players, and our ongoing live services are growing with deeply-engaged communities. With new games like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Need for Speed, Plants vs. Zombies and more great content across our top franchises, we’re set to deliver a lot of fun and excitement to players this holiday season, and continue our momentum in this fiscal year.”
Here are five other takeaways from EA’s Q2 FY20 Financial Results.
EA Sports NBA Live 20 is not a thing
NBA Live has been cancelled for the fourth time in ten years and won’t return until the next console generation. Commenting in a ‘Prepared Remarks’ statement, Andrew Wilson says: “We’re expanding our vision for NBA Live, and continuing to work closely with our NBA and NBPA partners on this new project that we’ll share more details on next year.”
The Battlefield series is also taking a break
The next entry in the Battlefield series is also set to debut on next-gen console platforms. The game is planned for release in FY22, which runs between April 2021 and the end of March 2022. There’s still more content on the way for Battlefield V, however.
EA expects high sales for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Respawn’s upcoming Star Wars game is expected to sell 6-8 million copies over the next quarter, according to the report. EA also hopes that Need For Speed Heat will perform similarly to previous entries in the franchise, with sales of 3-4 million units.
Yes, Apex Legends is very popular
EA restates its commitment to Respawn’s Apex Legends, confirming that the game has reached 70 million players since launch. A mobile version is planned, as is a push towards new platforms and geographies. An Apex Legends competitive gaming program is also in the works.
Live Services are profitable
EA intends to continue its live services effort with programmes for Battlefield V, The Sims 4, Apex Legends and its EA Sports titles. Next year will also see a focus on subscription services, new platforms, and cloud gaming.
Anthem? What’s Anthem?
The results statement includes one solitary mention of Bioware’s troubled online shooter. It’s mentioned alongside The Sims 4 and Star Wars Battlefront II as one of the games getting new content over the holiday season. Fun times.
The full ‘Prepared Comments’ document is an interesting read. You can download the PDF right here.
We have a favour to ask
Thumbsticks has a couple of main aims. We want to write interesting articles and cover games that most outlets won't, and we want to give opportunities to new writers and new voices. And right now, with the current state of online publishing? It's tough! We hate to ask, but if you want us to continue writing what others won't, or to keep covering weird indie games, or to be able to give opportunities to new writers – and only if you can afford it – then please consider supporting us on Patreon.
Recommended for you
Latest from Thumbsticks
Planet Zoo announces North America Animal Pack DLC
We're trying to avoid making jokes about Planet Zoo's beaver. (You have no idea how hard it is right now.)
Ashley Tisdale discusses The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes
In a new interview, actor Ashley Tisdale speaks about the experience of making The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes.
Save on great games in the PlayStation Store Big in Japan sale
The latest PlayStation Store sale discounts some excellent PS4 and PS5 games from Japanese developers and publishers.
Surprise! Nintendo announces September 2021 Nintendo Direct
There's a September 2021 Nintendo Direct presentation happening very soon. Nothing like a bit of notice, eh, Nintendo?
Arkane is back with another high-concept shooter. Is Deathloop the studio's next masterpiece, or are we playing the same game...
Godot Engine adds native Arabic text support
It's 2021. It shouldn't be a massive surprise when a game engine like Godot adds proper, out-of-the-box Arabic text support,...
Save up to 90% with this week’s Xbox deals
Here's a quick review of this week's new Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One digital deals.
The Good Life release date and trailer revealed
Swery's small-town detective thriller The Good Life is coming to PC and console next month.