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The futuristic military shooter has suffered an incredibly messy launch so far. While developer DICE is already working to address many of the more substantial issues, much of the damage has already been done. Battlefield 2042 is currently one of the worst-rated games on Steam, for example. How do you come back from that?
In response to these criticisms, EA has made a number of announcements. The first and biggest is that we're getting a Battlefield "universe" that will span multiple games and various other forms of media. Quite why anyone thinks it's a good idea to announce more Battlefield while the Battlefield we have remains fundamentally broken is anyone's guess, but here we are.
As part of this shake-up, Titanfall boss and Respawn Entertainment co-founder Vince Zampella has been enlisted to oversee the Battlefield universe.
"This is an 'And' strategy in many ways," Zampella told GameSpot, insisting that Battlefield 2042 is not being abandoned.
"We will continue to evolve and grow Battlefield 2042, and we'll explore new kinds of experiences and business models along the way that we can add to that foundation to provide an awesome array of experiences for our players. In this universe, the world is interconnected with shared characters and narrative. This universe is also built with our community as we harness the power of Portal and user generated content that puts creativity in the hands of our players."
One of these experiences has already been announced, of course. Battlefield Mobile was announced last year and is being developed by Industrial Toys. There's also been talk of a new free-to-play Battlefield, no doubt inspired by the success of Call Of Duty: Warzone.
"We intend to build a Battlefield universe, one with multiple projects that are interconnected with the player at the center," Zampella concluded. Sounds... interesting? I guess we'll have to wait and see how (or even if) it works.