Battlefield 4 sold well, but it not not match the sales of Battlefield 3. EA says the game’s issues did not impact on the game’s sales.
If you have played Battlefield 4 online before, you will know the numerous technical problems are quite a pain. Even though many patches have been released, the game is still not a smooth ride.
EA president Peter Moore commented during an investor call that Battlefield 4’s decline is sales is mainly due to the transition between the current gen to next gen consoles.
We obviously saw some decline in current-gen software that wasn’t picked up by the increased anticipation that gamers had and the sales thereof of next-gen. Battlefield 4 was no different than FIFA or Need for Speed in this issue, but this was focused on current-gen rather than, we believe, any issues with the game itself. This game has got a long tail, as you well know, and we will continue to be able to sell this effectively throughout the next fiscal year.
So yes, we did see some impact of the current-gen softness that was indicated by Andrew and Blake in their prepared statements, but this is not, we believe, a link to any quality issues.
Activision said a similar thing when commenting on the lower sales that Call of Duty: Ghosts had compared to its predecessors too.