Launching later this year, news about Battlefield 6 is under lock and key right now with developer DICE. However, this trail of breadcrumbs seems to suggest that the setting of the anticipated title is discoverable, if you know where to look.
Battlefield and Call Of Duty insider Tom Henderson has had a lot to say about Battlefield 6, and considering that he's mostly been on the money with his claims, we're inclined to hear him out. Electronic Arts and DICE have asserted that the new game will boast "never-before-seen scale," and Henderson affirms that with the statement that it will involve 128-player maps on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. He additionally said that Battlefield 6 will be inspired by Battlefield 3, and will simply be titled, "Battlefield." Now, Battlefield 3 took place in the fictional "War of 2014" between Iranian insurgents and the United States military, and the storyline hopped from character to character to show the impact of the conflict across countries.
Ergo, we would expect that Battlefield 6 will be similarly set in a recognisable time and place, and that's apparently what is happening. YouTuber DANNYonPC shows us that the location was "hiding in plain sight" in the tech demo for Battlefield 6. That smiling person? Slow the video down, do some visual wizardry to increase brightness and contrast, and there you find numbers sat squarely between their eyebrows. Take these numbers and enter them into Google Maps, and it gives you Kazakhstan.
But wait. There's more. The Battlefield 5 Eidolon Skin, only unlockable by completing a secret challenge which was part of the game's last update, the medallion on its waistband also has numbers decorating its edge. Change those Roman numerals to GPS coordinates and you'll find yourself in Kazakhstan again - not quite the same point, but definitely still the same country. If this isn't a teaser for Battlefield 6, it's a very odd thing to include with zero explanation.
EA CEO Andrew Wilson is over the moon with what he sees at DICE, too, describing their efforts as a "true next-gen vision." He heaped praise upon the project: "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. The team is focused and the game is ahead of our internal milestones. We will reveal the game in the spring and deliver a defining Battlefield experience for our players in holiday 2021."
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