Battlefield is one of EA’s flagship franchises and the next entry in the series has been highly anticipated for a long time as the last entry in the series was released all the way back in 2018.
Rumours suggest that it will be the largest game in the series, with the largest maps and up to 128 players in each match.
With both Battlefield V and Battlefront II having their in-house support cut to allow DICE to focus on development, Battlefield 6 promises to usher in a new era of large-scale, physics-based warfare. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming title.
Latest News – EA Officially Announces Battlefield
In a recent blog post, EA officially announced the next entry in the series. Previously it was believed to be called Battlefield 6, but will instead simply be called Battlefield, suggesting a soft reboot of the series.
“We’re in daily playtesting mode right now: polishing, balancing, and making the best possible Battlefield game we can. I can tell you it is a bold step.
It has everything we love about Battlefield – and takes all of it to the next level. Epic scale. All-out military warfare. Crazy, unexpected moments. Game-changing destruction.
Massive battles, packed with more players and mayhem than ever before. All brought to life with the power of next-gen consoles and PCs.”
EA also revealed that the team working on the game is the largest to ever work on a Battlefield title, indicating they are looking to go all in with this new entry and come out of the gate swinging as the series moves over to the next-gen consoles.
Battlefield Mobile Coming Next Year
In the same post, EA also revealed that Battlefield will be coming to mobile devices for the first time in 2022.
“It’s always been our vision to bring Battlefield to more platforms. So, after years of prototyping, I’m super happy to be able to let you know that our friends at Industrial Toys, working closely with all of us here at DICE, are developing a completely new Battlefield game bringing all-out warfare to smartphones and tablets in 2022.
Make no mistake, this is a standalone game. A completely different game from the one we’re making for console and PC, designed specifically for the mobile platform.
It’s being built from the ground up by iToys to make Battlefield-on-the-go a reality and you can expect a fully-fledged, skill-based experience. This mobile game is now entering a testing period ahead of launching next year, so expect more details to come.”
It will be interesting to see what EA do with this game as it sounds like it will be different to a simple run and gun FPS game.
Battlefield 6 Trailer
At the moment, there isn’t any official trailer for Battlefield 6. This, in part, is due to the fact that there is not an official announcement regarding the title. As soon as it is officially announced, we would expect a trailer alongside it.
In a recent blog post it was revealed by EA that Battlefield will be released in late-2021.
Battlefield games tend to release in late-October so this could be an indication of when the next entry in the series may be released.
Without any official launch information, it is hard to predict which platforms Battlefield will be on. It will most likely launch on almost all available platforms; Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC.
Notable leaker _TomHenderson_ has suggested that Battlefield’s 128-player maps will be exclusive to next-generation consoles, however. The older consoles will be limited to 64-player lobbies in an effort to reduce strain on the hardware and keep performance at a consistent level. This leak appears to confirm both a current and next-generation launch.
Due to the lack of an official announcement, there is currently no official pre-order information for Battlefield.
The Game Could Be Set In The Desert
A recent Reddit post offers some interesting theories regarding the location of the next Battlefield title.
In a video, numbers were discovered and deciphered as coordinates, these ended up matching up to Kazahstan.
Check out the video below to see the numbers they’re referring to.
Could the next game be set in Kazahstan? Its possible, but if we had to put our money on it we’d say no, but we could be wrong.
EA Conference Call Reveals New Details
EA recently held their Q3 earnings conference call, a chance for the company to detail how they are performing to investors and stakeholders.
In the call they detailed plans for the upcoming Battlefield 6 including reveal and release windows, platforms and more.
Battlefield6XP on Twitter gave an overview of what was detailed in the call.
- Reveal coming Spring 2021
- Release set for Holiday 2021
- Return to full out military warfare
- Will take full advantage of PS5 and Xbox Series X
- More than players than ever
- Development progressing well
There was no mention of a PS4 and Xbox One version of the game, but with the next-gen system only being out for a year by the time this should release, we will likely see last-gen versions as the previous consoles won’t be completely phased out by that point.
The one thing everyone seems to agree on is the supposed leak that Battlefield 6 is returning to the modern era and tackling World War 3, similar to Battlefield 3. With that in mind, there are a few more rumours with legs regarding features returning to the series…
Destructible environments, vehicles, and classes all seem like a sure-fire claim given the fact that these are all so integral to what makes the Battlefield series so unique.
Redditor u/William_Fichtner has also reinforced Battlefield’s WW3 theme through his discussions on the details of two War Stories. The first War Stories campaign will follow a U.S. Army detachment fighting off Russian Forces in an American Suburb.
The second will feature an undercover MI6 Agent working to stop the Russian advance into Eastern Europe. These may still be rumours, however, they appear to coincide with the larger picture being painted.
In addition to this, it seems like Grand Operations are making a return to the series. These will now last 5 days and each battle will take place on a different day on a different map. The winning team from the previous day will also gain an advantage going forward; this includes additional reinforcements and/or vehicles.
CharlieIntel have suggested that Battlefield will be a soft reboot of the franchise, but is this even possible given the disjointed nature of the series’ narrative?