It looks that fans anticipating for 2020 to introduce the next installment of the Battlefield franchise will have to be patient for at least another year according to the most recent financial report for the publisher. Electronic Arts alongside Swedish developer DICE have proven to practically depend on a two-year launch cycle since the launch of Battlefield Bad Company in 2008 with titles to follow suit.
That was until entering the current generation of hardware that Battlefield 4 launched in 2013, followed by Visceral Games’ Battlefield: Hardline in 2015, the spin-off gave DICE an extra year to introduce first World War-set title Battlefield 1 just a year after; then in 2018 with Battlefield V. Now that the latest game is close to hitting a year old, we expected that the next installment would arrive in 2020, right?
According to Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson, the upcoming installment will be absent next year, explaining that the publisher still ranks the game to be a major asset under their lineup of titles: “we’ll add new content and new ways to play Battlefield V in FY21.” Still on the discussion of Battlefield, Wilson then goes on to expand what comes for the new wave of hardware just on the horizon.
Targeting new innovation that will be enabled by next-gen platforms and a growing install base on the new consoles, our next Battlefield game is set for FY22.
Essentially confirming the next title to arrive sometime between April 2021 to the very latest in March 2022, fans now at least have a general idea to when they can return to Battlefield with a new experience. Dating back to March of last year when the then-rumored Battlefield V was emerging through the woodwork, speculation already supported that the 2018 title would be returning to World War II. However, some alleged detail also suggested the setting for the following game as well.
While fans are left to hope for a potential revival of modern Battlefield, it was left implied that the series would return to current times after last year’s installment. Leaving room for the chances of a third Bad Company, this concept has still yet to be canned by either DICE or EA. And to comfort this idea even more, a previous rumor surrounding the long-awaited Bad Company 3 rumored for the PlayStation 5 emerged back in November, but this new confirmation looks to possibly cushion what comes later down the line.
In the meantime, DICE is set to release the approaching War in Pacific content chapter update for Battlefield V. You can read the full rundown for Chapter 4 by going here.
What do you think the next Battlefield might be?
Source: Electronic Arts