Battlefield 3 – is EA going back to the modern day? (pic: EA)
EA has confirmed that Battlefield 6 is not only out this year but ahead of schedule, with a promise it’ll support ‘more players than ever’.
A new Battlefield game is set to be released this Christmas, with EA boasting that it is ‘way ahead’ of schedule – which is certainly not something you hear often nowadays.
According to EA CEO Andrew Wilson, ‘Our next Battlefield experience will mark a return to all out military warfare’ – which is a pretty nonsensical statement given the last game was set during the Second World War, as if that doesn’t count as all out military warfare.
Perhaps he was trying to imply that the new game will be set in the modern day for the first time since Battlefield 4, which is certainly what all the rumours have been suggesting up until now.
‘The game takes full advantage of the power of next generation platforms to bring massive immersive battles to life with more players than ever before’, he added.
‘Featuring maps with unprecedented scale, the next edition of Battlefield takes all the destruction, player agency, vehicle, and weapon combat that the franchise is known for and elevates it to another level.’
As you can see, there’s not much in the way of hard facts but Wilson’s comments do seem to confirm rumours that the game will feature matches larger than the series’ famous 64-player battles.
One rumour suggested 128 players or more, although it’s still expected that 64-player matches will be the norm.
It seems reasonable to imagine that some sort of battle royale mode might be being planned, although the one for Battlefield 5 was so late to the party it never proved very successful.
Wilson did seem to hint at some sort of free-to-play equivalent to Call Of Duty: Warzone though, when an investor asked him if EA were planning any such game.
‘You should imagine that we’re looking across all forms of the experience to ensure that this is exactly the game that Battlefield fans want to play and the game that we believe will drive growth in the Battlefield franchise’, replied Wilson.
Again, that’s so full of marketing-speak as to be virtually meaningless but at the very least Wilson made it clear that the idea had been considered.
Wilson made a point of only mentioning next generation platforms, but a recent rumour suggested that the game will be released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well – which seems likely to be the case for most major releases this year, given how limited stock of the next gen consoles has been so far.
This tech demo is the only glimpse at the game so far (pic: EA)
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