| Last updated
The next entry in the series is awaited with great expectations, following on from the criticism that Battlefield 5 played it safe in a number of areas. Ultimately, this led to a poor performance at retail, with EA admitting that the game undersold significantly and attributing that to the lack of a battle royale mode and releasing amongst other strong competitors. Ergo, EA isn't inclined to make the same mistakes, and it sounds like it's pulling out all of the stops to deliver a very different Battlefield experience.
"We have rallied that entire studio [DICE] around the development of Battlefield specifically," said CEO Andrew Wilson. "We've given them an extra year of development to ensure that they can, in fact, build a true next-gen vision around that game. DICE is one of the most talented studios on the planet, and we've been able to add leadership from our EA Sports business in David Rutter who understands both live services and the rigor of development." More than that, the technical work-in-progress footage of Battlefield 6 showed promise in last year's EA Play. "Every console generation DICE sets the bar for excellence in audio and visual presentation," said chief studio officer Laura Miele. "We are creating epic battles at a scale and fidelity unlike anything you've experienced before."
In spite of these statements, there's not a lot of concrete information about Battlefield 6. Rumours have been flying back and forth and it's tough to grasp what is verifiable and what is not when EA and DICE have been keeping mum on the game. Established Call of Duty and Battlefield leaker Tom Henderson has thrown his lot into the ring, claiming that Battlefield 6 will be simply titled Battlefield (inspired by the success of those Call of Duty soft reboots by Activision). Moreover, Battlefield 6 will draw from Battlefield 3, with a modern storyline and 128-player maps.
There will be a last-gen and a current-gen version of Battlefield 6, and there will be crossplay between those communities. But, in Henderson's most recent video where he dishes the dirt, he drops in that the game will feature some sort of free-to-play elements. Tallying this with his claim that Battlefield 6 will use battle passes to roll out every eight to 10 weeks, it seems likely that there will be a battle royale mode from launch. Like Warzone, this would be free, but if you own Battlefield 6, more content and goodies will be unlockable in these battle passes (that's my guess, at least).
This is all according to Henderson, and we're yet to compare this to what DICE will show of the game in spring. Still, it's rather intriguing, and evidences that the developer wants to come out swinging with the next Battlefield game in an already crowded genre. We'll keep you in the loop as and when we learn more.
Chosen for YouChosen for You
Most Read StoriesMost Read