EA is still eyeing battle royale, but maybe not the way you’re thinking. During the company’s quarterly investor call this week, everyone clearly had Fortnite and its runaway success on the brain. For example, one listener specifically asked whether Battlefield V might crib from Fortnite’s game plan. EA’s Blake Jorgensen dismissed the idea for the upcoming Battlefield V, clinging to the company’s past comments that the game’s battle royale mode will indeed be just a mode. However, he also hints that the company is considering a separate standalone battle royale game outside that franchise.
“We’re interested in experimenting with a free-to-play standalone game that might be in a shooter genre or another genre,” was his answer. “But I don’t think that’s how we’re looking at the Battlefield stuff right now.”
The company’s net revenue was $1.14 billion, above guidance by $57 million; operating expenses were up “primarily driven by new product development as [EA] continue[s] to invest in new IP.”