EA reveals that the next entry in the long-running Battlefield series will feature “never-before-seen scale” and has a holiday 2021 release date.
Battlefield 6 will have the largest scope of any game in the long-running series, and it’s set to be released in the 2021 holiday season. Publisher EA previously revealed that the next title in the Battlefield series would be released next year after it announced that Battlefield 5 and Star Wars: Battlefront 2, both of which are developed by DICE, would be receiving their final content updates this year.
The current game in the series, Battlefield 5, was marred with issues from the day it was released. The game not only felt incomplete, with its miniscule map roster and plethora of bugs, but future updates were incredibly inconsistent and many promised features never saw the light of day, such as the 5v5 competitive mode. Even its attempt at a battle royale mode, called Firestorm in Battlefield 5, wasn’t safe from its own set of issues. Battlefield 5’s life cycle was so turbulent that its final content patch was released last summer, more than a year before the next game in the series is expected to release.
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With the launch of the next-generation consoles, it looks like EA and DICE are hoping to resuscitate the Battlefield series. In the company’s latest earnings call, EA CEO Andrew Wilson gave a few details on some of the company’s plans for 2021 and beyond. According to Wilson, the next Battlefield game is already in the works at DICE and features “never-before-seen scale.” Wilson added that the next-generation consoles are giving the studio the opportunity to actualize their “next-gen vision” for the series.
“DICE is creating our next Battlefield game with never-before-seen scale. The technical advancements of the new consoles are allowing the team to deliver on a true next-gen vision for the franchise. We have hands-on play testing underway internally, and the team’s been getting very positive feedback on the game as we’ve begun to engage our community. The next Battlefield is set to launch in holiday 2021, and we are excited to share a lot more about the game in the spring.”
Internal playtesting for Battlefield 6 is already underway, says Wilson, and that feedback on the game has been positive so far. With the game set to launch sometime late next year, the company plans to show off more about its next Battlefield game in the coming spring. According to EA, Battlefield 6 will be one of six new next-generation games, which also include a new Need for Speed game, that the company plans to launch during the 2022 fiscal year, which runs from April 2021 to March 2022.
It’s undeniable that Battlefield 5 was the most disappointing entry in the series for many players, and both EA and DICE have a lot of work to do with Battlefield 6 if they want to make up for all of its predecessor’s shortcomings. Hopefully, both companies have learned from the failure of Battlefield 5 and are able to revive hope and excitement for the series when they finally reveal more information on the game next year.
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