The next Battlefield will be bigger than ever before, and it effectively confirmed the previously discussed rumours.
Electronic Arts also published its quarterly financial earnings for October-December 2020 (and we’ll not go into details: they are filthy rich, period), and Andrew Wilson, the CEO of the publisher, talked about the next Battlefield, which we dubbed Battlefield 6 for now (it doesn’t have an official name yet), and it could be a reboot of Battlefield 3.
„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 elevate it to another level. The team is focused and the game is ahead of our internal milestones. […] I can tell you now that the Battlefield team is doing an incredible job. They’re way ahead of where they were in prior product cycles, on track for their earliest feature complete in franchise history. We will reveal the game in the spring and deliver a refined Battlefield experience for our players in the 2021 holiday season,” Wilson said, using some… consumerist terminologies in his speech as usual.
DICE now had/has three years to develop Battlefield 6, as Battlefield V launched in November 2018, and that game had only two years of development, as Battlefield 1 launched in the autumn of 2016. This is already a good reason to expect the next Battlefield to launch in a much better shape.
However, will the Vince Zampella-led DICE Los Angeles be involved in the development? (He didn’t leave Respawn, but now, he supervises the new studio.) We’ll see eventually. But will the next Battlefield launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One? If it will, don’t expect it to have 128 players (this was the rumour recently).