EA is being coy about two major questions concerning the Battlefield series.
The success of Warzone has taken everyone by surprise. Investors want to know if the game publisher they invested money into is also looking to have its own Warzone, and this is especially true for EA and Battlefield.
That sentiment was pretty clear last night during EA’s FY2021 full-year earnings call, where the company was asked a few times about its live service plans for Battlefield 6, with some not-so-subtly making comparisons to Warzone.
One investor asked the question on everyone’s mind: whether EA is willing to follow Activision’s lead and release a Battlefield game every year, and have a free-to-play battle royale mode that ties them together.
“Nothing to announce at the moment on either an annualized Battlefield and/or the nature of the modes in the upcoming Battlefield game,” said Wilson, adding that more news will be shared after the reveal trailer.
With that in mind, Wilson suggested that what everyone is assuming with regards to expanding the reach of EA’s franchises is true. More specifically, Wilson said that EA wants to build free-to-play and mobile experiences based on its premium AAA games.
“The other thing that you should know and I talked about in the prepared remarks is we do have a blueprint, which is how do we start with our AAA premium experience that is truly innovative in its category, how do we build out live service for long-term engagement and then how do we think about modalities at play and business models to further extend our reach and penetration of that game on a global basis across platforms, across geographies, across business models,” he explained.
“And so you’ll hear a lot more from us in the months ahead.”
One of the bigger rumours surrounding the next Battlefield is that EA is working on a free-to-play battle royale mode similar to Warzone. This is supposedly what Criterion is working on, with the studio having before, of course, co-developed Battlefield 5’s forgotten Firestorm battle royale mode.
The next Battlefield – which has been confirmed for last-gen consoles – will be unveiled in June, with more likely to be shared at EA Play in July.
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