EA Confirm Next-Gen Battlefield As Franchise Skips 2020
EA has confirmed that its popular shooty shooty bang bang franchise Battlefield will be sitting out 2020. Instead, DICE will is working on a new, next-gen Battlefield that it's expected to ship in fiscal year 2022, which means we can expect it anytime between April 2021 and March 2022. I'd wager we'll see on the earlier end of that spectrum.
Unlike Call of Duty, Battlefield has never been an annual franchise, although we typically get a new game in the series every couple of years. The World War I-themed Battlefield 1 launched in October 2016, while the last entry in the series - the WWII-flavoured Battlefield V - was released in November 2018.
Most would likely have expected the next entry to arrive in 2020 then, but if EA and DICE want to take a little extra time to make sure Battlefield VI (or whatever it ends up being called) is as shiny and beautiful as it can possible be, more power to 'em.
Naturally, a 2021/2022 release date means that the next game will be launching on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett, and likely won't be available on current-gen consoles.
EA confirmed that the upcoming Battlefield title will take advantage of next-gen hardware, while also explaining that one factor in the game releasing in fiscal year 2022 and not the upcoming fiscal year is so that the next-gen consoles can build up a suitably hefty install base (and no doubt so EA can decide which console gets the best exclusive content).
"Targeting new innovation that will be enabled by next-gen platforms and a growing install base on the new consoles, our next Battlefield game is set for FY2022," said CEO Andrew Wilson in a post-earnings call.
EA clearly has big hopes for the next Battlefield, as the publisher fully expects the game to lead the company profits in FY2022.
Whether or not that means DICE is working on a bigger and more robust Battlefield than usual remains to be seen, but Wilson did add during the post-earnings call that the game will be "doing things in the context of multi-play and social play and competition that Battlefields to this point have not done." Intriguing, no?
Those desperate for a Battlefield fix going into FY2021 needn't worry too much, as EA confirmed that Battlefield V will continue to receive new content during the period between April 2020 and March 2021.
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