EA promises next Battlefield later this year
During Electronic Arts Q3 FY 2021 earnings call, CEO Andrew Wilson has promised the company will launch a new Battlefield game later this year which will be a return to ‘all-out warfare’.
A new Battlefield is coming. EA CEO Andrew Wilson confirmed during the earnings call that the company is already planning ahead to share information on the next installment in the popular first-person shooting series.
Wilson mentioned that the game will the full advantage of the next-generation platforms and will offer immersive battles. He also added that the next Battlefield will feature maps with ‘unprecedented scale’ with more players than ever before. This likely means that the game will go beyond 64 players, which is the current limit on Battlefield V. More importantly, it was confirmed that the series will return to all-out warfare, which indicates a continuation of the Battlefield 4 modern warfare game style.
We’re looking forward to sharing a lot more about our plans in the months ahead, including our next Battlefield experience, which will mark a return to all-out military warfare. 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 elevates it to another level. The team is focused and the game is ahead of our internal milestones. We’ll reveal the game in the spring, and deliver a defining Battlefield experience for our players in the 2021 holiday season.”
— EA CEO Andrew Wilson
Battlefield V features NVIDIA DLSS technology which boosts framerate by artificially upscaling the resolution using machine learning algorithms. Currently, there is no alternative from AMD, but it would have been a perfect opportunity for AMD to launch its own technology just in time for BF6. The game also supports Direct RayTracing, which is supported on both NVIDIA Ampereand AMD RDNA2 architectures.
EA has reiterated its promises from November 2020 to launch the game in the 2021 holiday season. The next Battlefield game is already ahead of its internal schedule which means that there should be no delays:
“Formal guidance will follow on our Q4 call, but 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.”
— EA CFO Blake Jorgensen
EA released Battlefield V in November 2018, while Battlefield 1 was released in October 2016. It appears that EA is now targeting to launch a new installment in the series every two years. EA CEO confirmed that we shall a reveal later in the spring. Next Battlefield is officially coming in the 2021 holiday season. It will likely debut on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series S|X.