The Battlefield series, although not as popular as Call of Duty, has a dedicated fan base around the world. With the last game, Battlefield 2042, released almost two years ago, it failed to meet expectations both commercially and critically. However, Electronic Arts (EA) has hinted at the direction the next game in the franchise could take.
During an EA earnings briefing, the CEO of the company, Andrew Wilson, mentioned that the upcoming game will be a “reimagination of Battlefield.” While the details are still unclear, Wilson's statement has sparked excitement and speculation among fans.
In addition to this announcement, there are several Battlefield-related projects in the works at EA. DICE, the developer behind the series, is working on another multiplayer system. There is also a single-player campaign being developed by a new studio headed by Marcus Lehto, known for his work on Halo. Furthermore, Ripple Effect, another Battlefield studio, is working on an “entirely new Battlefield experience” that aims to complement and expand upon the series' foundations.
EA describes these endeavors as a “global effort” involving multiple studios under the leadership of industry veterans, all working towards creating a connected Battlefield universe.
So why did Battlefield 2042 fall short of expectations? The game faced criticism for a variety of reasons, including numerous bugs and glitches, missing features from previous installments, and controversial changes to gameplay mechanics. The addition of Christmas-themed cosmetic items also drew negative reactions from players who felt it did not match the tone of the series.
These factors, along with others, contributed to the game being poorly received, with a significant drop in active player numbers. Battlefield 2042 became one of the worst-reviewed games on Steam.
Despite the setbacks, EA's announcement hints at a promising future for the Battlefield franchise. Fans eagerly await the “reimagined” next installment, fueled by speculation about what this new direction could mean for the series.