Electronic Arts is going big on Battlefield 6. The publisher has been talking up DICE's upcoming next-gen shooter for close to a year now, and every teaser, hint, and alleged leak paints a tantalising picture of one of the biggest and most ambitious multiplayer FPS titles we've ever seen.
One of the last development updates we got on the game was that things were moving along well ahead of schedule, and that it would almost certainly be ready in time for its planned holiday 2021 release.
"Our next Battlefield experience will mark a return to all out military warfare," EA CEO Andrew Wilson said at the company's third quarter earnings call last month. "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."
"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."
Now, it's been revealed that another popular EA studio has been tagged in to help out with Battlefield 6 and really, achem, speed up development. Criterion Games' upcoming Need For Speed sequel will be pushed back to 2022, with Criterion staff moving briefly from racing cars to shooting them. EA chief studios officer Laura Miele stressed that neither franchise is in trouble, and reassigning Criterion for now makes perfect sense for all involved.
"[Battlefield] is shaping up great," she told Polygon. "The team has been working incredibly hard, they pushed hard last year, and yes, we have been working from home. And it's hard; it's hard to make games from home, and the [EA DICE] team is fatigued a bit. We have a great game and some incredible potential with this game. We're playing to win; we're playing to put a great Battlefield game out in the market."
Multiple rumours have pointed towards Battlefield 6 taking players back to a modern day or near-future setting, with one prominent leaker even suggesting the game is heavily inspired by fan-favourite Battlefield 3. Miele would neither confirm nor deny these claims, but wanted fans to know that Battlefield 6 will be a "love letter" to those who adore the franchise.
"We're going to put all the resources we have on this," Miele finished.
EA is expected to show off Battlefield 6 this spring, so we shouldn't have much longer to wait to see the FPS in all its next-gen glory.
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