on November 8, 2020 at 11:35AM PST
EA has shared a few more tidbits about its next Battlefield game. During the company’s November earnings call, it confirmed that the next Battlefield game is coming to next-generation consoles in holiday 2021, with more details to be revealed in the spring.
“DICE is creating our next Battlefield game with never-before-seen scale,” EA said during the call. “The technical advancements of the new consoles are allowing the team to deliver a truly next-gen vision for the franchise. We have hands-on playtesting underway internally.” Moreover, EA confirmed that the next Battlefield game “is set to launch in holiday 2021,” and the studio says it will share “a lot more about the game in the spring.”
Later in the call, EA CEO Andrew Wilson talked a bit more about how the game’s development is progressing:
“We have rallied that entire studio [DICE] around the development of Battlefield specifically. We’ve given them an extra year of development … 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 in David Rutter who understands both live services and the rigor of development. We’ve brought in talent from across the industry who have really bolstered our belief and our confidence in our ability to launch that game next year, so lots more to come in the next couple of months.”
EA had previously confirmed that its next Battlefield game would release for PS5 and Xbox Series X and Series S in 2021, but this is the first time the company has narrowed the release window down to the holiday season. It’s one of “at least” six new games the publisher plans to release for next-gen systems in fiscal year 2022 (April 2021 – March 2022), alongside a new Need for Speed that EA says “is bringing some astounding visual leaps.”
Although details about the next Battlefield are scant, EA’s Laura Miele teased the game will turn DICE’s “crazy ambitious ideas” into reality. “Our studios are taking their crazy ambitious ideas and making them real,” Miele said during EA Play 2020. “Every console generation DICE sets the bar for excellence in audio and visual presentation. We are creating epic battles at a scale and fidelity unlike anything you’ve experienced before.”
The most recent Battlefield game was Battlefield V, which originally launched for PS4, Xbox One, and PC back in 2018. Since then, developer DICE has been steadily supporting the shooter with new content and updates. Last month, EA launched a definitive edition of Battlefield V that includes the base game and a ton of other extras, including every weapon, vehicle, gadget, and all of the Elite characters.
Battlefield, Electronic Arts, DICE, Need for Speed, 2021, EA Sports
World news – GB – Next Battlefield Game Releasing In Holiday 2021