Due to the success of these titles, it seems like the ambitious Battlefield 2042 will follow a similar path.
Battlefield 2042 Is More Like A "Service", EA Investing Heavily In Live Service Titles
CEO Andrew Wilson discussed Electronics Arts' progress in the company's latest quarterly earnings call.
Wilson announced a 6.3% increase in revenue for this Q1 FY22 from last year's first quarter. But there was a dip in net income to $204 million, compared to 2020's $365 million.
This decline can be partly attributed to the falling sales of full games, as these saw a dip of 19%.
However, EA's live service sales saw an increase of 13% thanks to the success of Apex Legends and FIFA 21, the latter of which has been played by 31 million people since launch. While Apex Legends experienced a weekly average of 13 million active players since the launch of Season 9.
EA is also applying a similar model to DICE's aforementioned shooter, as Wilson has made it clear to shareholders that "you should think of Battlefield as a service".
Acting as a 'foundation' for the franchise's future, Battlefield 2042 has been set up for a massive post-launch strategy. From the addition of regular assets from previous entries to Battlefield Portal and seasonal updates akin to a battle pass strategy, the next episode is certainly doubling down on the live-service strategy.