Speaking during EA’s November 2020 earnings call, CEO Andrew Wilson stated that “DICE is creating our next Battlefield game with never before seen scale. The technical advancements of the new consoles are allowing the team to deliver a true next-gen vision for the franchise. We have hands-on testing underway internally, and the team’s been getting very positive feedback on the game as we’ve begun to engage our community. The next Battlefield is set to launch in holiday 2021, we’re excited to share a lot more about the game in the spring.”
“We have rallied that entire studio around the development of Battlefield, specifically. We’ve given them an extra year of development,” Wilson said later in the call. “You’ll remember 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 and David Rutter, who understands both live services and the rigor of development.”
EA revealed that a new Battlefield was set to be released in 2021, but this news narrows down the release window and, as it currently stands, means that the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t impacted its development enough to push it to 2022.
A next-gen tech demo for Battlefield was shown at EA Play Live 2020 and gave a glimpse of what players can expect when this new game launches next year.
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Battlefield V was released in 2018, and in our review, we said “Like a fresh recruit, Battlefield V was clearly deployed into action without adequate preparation. And a variety of bugs, underdeveloped features, and placeholder menu screens remind you of that at nearly every turn. However, there’s a great deal of raw potential here that could, with time and luck, be forged into one of the series’ best.”
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