In their financial report for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, EA revealed that they were the #1 publisher on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the West, based on available sources and their estimates.
Discussing some of their biggest games, EA said there have been more than 19 million Battlefield 1 players through March 31, which is a 50% increase over Battlefield 4 in the comparable period. As for FIFA 17, it’s seen more than 21 million players, and more than 12 million players have tried The Journey story mode.
For the entire fiscal year, net revenue was $4.85 billion (up from $4.4 billion in the previous year), and 61% of those sales came digitally (up 20% year-over-year).
EA CEO Andrew Wilson said:
Fiscal 2017 was a milestone year for Electronic Arts, defined by groundbreaking games and live services that delivered more fun and connected more players with their friends. In Fiscal 2018, we are focused on innovating for our players with extraordinary new experiences across our portfolio, continuing to grow our global network, and extending our reach across new platforms and more ways to play.
EA CFO Blake Jorgensen added:
We generated record net sales and operating cash flow in fiscal 2017, driven by our ongoing transition to digital as well as our increasing success with live services. Our long-term vision, to leverage deep player engagement to drive growth and profitability, is enabling us to execute on our near-term financial goals to increase revenue, earnings and cash generation.
For this current fiscal year (ending March 31, 2018), EA expects net revenue to be $5.1 billion.
Here’s when EA’s announced titles should release this fiscal year:
Q2 (July 2017 through September 2017)
- FIFA 18 (console, PC)
- Madden NFL 18 (console)
- NBA Live 18 (console)
- NHL 18 (console)
Q3 (October 2017 through December 2017)
- Need for Speed (console, PC)
- Star Wars Battlefront II (console, PC)
Q4 (January 2018 through March 2018)
- UFC 3 (console)
Release dates on several EA titles will likely be announced during EA Play on June 10.