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Much of these will end up being completely false, of course, but there's at least one report you'll want to sit up and take notice of. Tom Henderson has been providing a drip-feed of information around Battlefield 6 for the last year or so. He's claimed that the game is being designed with 128-player maps in mind, that those maps will feature destructible environments, and that it'll have a modern day/near future setting.
While none of this has yet to be confirmed, obviously, many of his claims have been corroborated by other sources in the past. He's also got a proven track record in leaking information pertaining to Call Of Duty and Battlefield. Oh, and just a few weeks ago he was suspended from Twitter and had all Battlefield 6 related videos taken down from his YouTube channel. That's not suspicious at all.
Henderson has now returned with his most substantial information dump yet. In a newsletter, Henderson writes that this year's Battlefield will be a reboot called - wait for it - BATTLEFIELD. It'll also take place ten years in the future, with Henderson pointing to Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 as a close comparison in terms of how DICE has handled the setting. Being set in the future means we can also expect plenty of drones, jets, helicopters, tanks, and other high-tech weapons. The newsletter contains IRL images of some of the gadgets we might be using, if you want to check that out.
Henderson also shot down a recent rumour that BATTLEFIELD/Battlefield 6 will serve as a hub for previous games in the series. We were certainly unsure how/if that would work at all, so it's good to know the focus will be on the near-future setting.
He goes on to talk about a "revolutionary campaign" compared to other previous instalments. "The campaign will focus on you and your specialist unit, where you'll be able to chose which superpower you fight for", he wrote. "In BATTLEFIELD, there isn't necessarily 'Axis and Allies' as you will be able to chose your own path.
"Both the USA and Russia, who are the games only standing superpowers, will offer to 'recruit' your specialist team and their skills throughout the campaign, which will be a valuable asset to both sides. It would also appear like this year's campaign is a co-op experience."
Unfortunately, it sounds as if the long-awaited reveal trailer for BATTLEFIELD won't actually show off any of this gameplay, and will be a little more like the divisive Battlefield V reveal trailer.
As for multiplayer, how does Battlefield 3/4 on steroids sound to you? Henderson says the new game will feature "bigger and better" battles, with battle royale also on the way at some stage.
"The Battle Royale experience will be completely disconnected from the Firestorm name and instead will adopt a new name, probably for obvious reasons," he wrote. "Players will still be able to play as the four different types of soldiers, but instead of just having unique gadgets, players will also have different "abilities", which are similar to Call of Duty perks. For example a Scout soldier might have silent footsteps, whereas an Assault soldier might be able to sprint for a longer duration."
So... that's a lot to take in. How much of this ends up being true remains to be seen, but Henderson is a proven source with a solid track record - it's unlikely he'd lay all of this out for us if he wasn't completely confident in what he was sharing. I guess we'll find out more in just a few weeks.
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