A new leak has suggested that Battlefield 6 is going to be a soft reboot and abandon the World War theme of the last two games. It will return to the present day and feature large-scale, 128-player battles on current-gen.
We’ve known for some time that Battlefield 6 is in the pipeline at EA as they look to continue the success of their long-running FPS franchise. Some details have finally emerged thanks to leaks from established sources.
It seems that Battlefield has spent enough time retreading old ground with World War 1 & 2. Instead, the series wants to fast-forward to the modern-day and create some visually stimulating conflict.
Battlefield 6 current-gen vs last-gen
It was back in 2020 that noteworthy game leaker Tom Henderson gained some insider knowledge and proclaiming that BF6 will have 128-player skirmishes.
The CEO of production company Viral Junkie had suggested the maps were being specifically designed around this exorbitantly high player count. These claims have been reassured, but now we have additional information too.
EA has been waiting before delivering anything official as they are essentially delivering a BF6 experience for our new current-gen and last-gen. The PS5 and Xbox Series X will be able to show off their awesome power by handling huge amounts of players at once.
It’s unclear whether the PS4 and Xbox One will be able to offer as impressive performance given that we’ve already seen these problems recently with Cyberpunk 2077’s different gen offerings.
Henderson has indicated that the last-gen versions may be stripped down to 64-player matches to ease the pressure on the less-developed consoles.
Battlefield 6 Battle Royale?
Now the interesting thing to note is that Battlefield 5 debuted its first kind of Battle Royale mode with “Firestorm”. It featured 64 players who sought to whittle this number down until only one person was left standing.
Tom Henderson has indicated that EA is still working on the idea of a Battle Royale mode. Given that Call of Duty made over $3 billion in 2020 with a lot of the revenue coming from the 85+ million players indulging in Warzone’s cosmetics and Battle Pass, it would make sense for EA to follow suit.
With player counts reaching as high as 128, it would surely be easy enough for Battlefield to accommodate such a mode. If it’s not released at launch, then there’s always the probability of EA adding it down the line as Modern Warfare did with Warzone.
Finally, after joining the FPS renaissance back in the early 2010s, Battlefield went old-school for their last two major titles. Battlefield 1 and Battlefield 5 explored the age-old period of the World Wars.
But now it seems that EA is ready to step into the future once more.
The game is set to feature a minor reboot by modernizing its inevitably intense action and deliver some current-day mayhem. There is no word yet on what the game’s campaign could have lined up, nor is there any confirmation on Battlefield 6 having one at all.
These exciting details are all unofficial of course and as such should be taken with a pinch of salt for the time being.
As usual, when official details start to offer some more clarity, we will be able to fully update you.
Image credits: EA
EA delay Need for Speed to focus on Battlefield 6
Battlefield 6 has taken priority at EA, forcing the publisher to delay the next Need for Speed while they move assets.
Battlefield fans have been eagerly awaiting more news of Battlefield 6, which is supposed to release in 2021. New reports have it that EA are delaying Need for Speed to ensure Battlefield hits its release date.
Gamers have become accustomed to exciting video games being delayed for several months or even years – especially in the post-COVID era, where developers need to deal with the additional challenge of working from home.
Battlefield fans have been eagerly awaiting news of the next game in the franchise since its release in 2018. We were excited to learn that it should be coming in 2021, but many players feared that it would be hit by some of the all-too-common delays.
It looks like EA and Dice are working to prevent any delays of the next Battlefield game, so much so that they’re willing to delay a game in another of EA’s popular franchises: Need for Speed.
In an interview with Polygon, EA’s chief studios officer, Laura Miele, stated that Criterion – the developer behind Need to Speed – would be reassigned to help work on assets for the next, unnamed Battlefield game.
According to Miele, the decision is also related to EA’s acquisition of Codemasters – the developers behind games like F1, Dirt, and Grid. Codemasters will be releasing another racing game around the same time that Need for Speed was set to come out, so they decided not to compete with their own property.
As Miele explained, this won’t be Criterion’s first look at a first-person shooter. “They’ve worked on Battlefront, they’ve worked on Battlefields, and they have a really tight, close collaborative partnership with DICE, ” she told Polygon in an interview. “I’m really confident that this is going to be a pretty positive win for them.”
What does all of this mean for the next Battlefield game? It means that EA is loading-up resources to help ensure that the game doesn’t face additional delays and launches in a finished state.
This is probably bad news for fans of the Need for Speed franchise, but Battlefield players should take it as a positive. EA are focusing all of their efforts on major titles rather than spreading themselves too thin, which is as much as you can ask for as a player.
Image Credits: EA, Dice
Dr Disrespect believes a Battlefield battle royale could emulate Warzone’s success
Streamer Dr Disrespect has explained how a Battlefield battle royale could be serious competition for Call of Duty: Warzone.
With the battle royale genre continuing to dominate the shooter market, streamer Dr Disrespect believes EA and Dice are working on a new Battlefield BR that could rival Call of Duty: Warzone.
Following the worldwide success of Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, ‘battle royale’ was the next evolution of the shooter genre. All major studios including Activision with Black Ops 4’s Blackout were trying to take advantage of the BR mode’s success.
As part of 2018’s Battlefield V came Firestorm, EA and Dice’s attempt at the battle royale genre. Although boasting a huge map and a unique shrinking safe zone, it received a lukewarm reception from the battle royale community, and the lack of updates and a $60 price tag did nothing to keep it relevant.
“It’s a no-brainer at this point,” he explained in a YouTube livestream. “EA and Activision, they’ve always gone back and forth in competing directly with the FPS genre.”
Apex Legends, another wildly successful battle royale, is also published by EA. However, Apex and Warzone largely appeal to different audiences, and while Battlefield prepares to launch its 2021 title, much of the BF community, including content creators such as JackFrags, have moved to Warzone.
As Dr Disrespect explains, it’s very likely that EA will try to recapture its player base with a battle royale of its own. “I’m excited because their engine, and all the tools and tech they have in place… they could do something pretty incredible if they put everything into it.”
Battlefield has long been known for its massive battles, destruction, and synergy between infantry and vehicle combat. Dr Disrespect believes that with the Frostbite engine at its disposal, EA could build on what’s made Warzone so successful with plenty of unique mechanics to set it apart.
Stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for all Battlefield 2021 and Call of Duty: Warzone news.
Image Credit: Dr Disrespect / EA
Everything we know about Battlefield 6: Release date, leaks & rumors
Here’s everything we know about the upcoming Battlefield game from DICE, codenamed ‘Battlefield 2021.
Battlefield 2021 is still a work in progress at DICE. Here’s all we know about the future title.
Since Battlefield 5’s release in 2018, DICE has been relatively quiet about the next Battlefield game. It’s no secret that Battlefield 5 couldn’t keep up with competitor, Call of Duty, after DICE announced that sales projections were a million short of their goal for the game.
In March 2019, Battlefield released their Battle Royale, Firestorm, which failed to compete anywhere close to the likes of Fortnite and PUBG. One year later, Call of Duty Warzone released, being the final nail in the coffin towards Battlefield’s BR mode.
Our first glimpse for Battlefield 2021 began at EA Play 2020, where we saw some demo footage of a technical test conducted at DICE. You can watch the footage in the video below, beginning at the 0:29 second mark.
Battlefield 6 features
In the tech demo, we saw the developers tease that they were improving their vision of creating large-scale battles. It’s unclear if this is Battlefield 6 footage or just a technical test utilizing Battlefield 5’s assets.
Just because the soldiers were in WW2 era gear does not mean the game will take place during the Second World War. It’s possible it was just using old assets or was created to throw fans off.
EA said in their newest earnings call, on February 2, 2021, that the new Battlefield game is set to take “full advantage” of next-generation consoles. The game will take every aspect of Battlefield “to the next level” with more players than ever before. In addition, EA CEO said they will reveal the game in Spring 2021.
In addition, the Battlefield Twitter account came back to life with a tweet mentioning BF6:
Battlefield 6 Release Date
With that being said, we now have good news regarding the release of Battlefield 2021. In an EA earnings call in September, CEO Andrew Wilson revealed that the next Battlefield game would release in Holiday 2021.
Apparently, internal playtests have been on-going and were reported as well received and successful. The game will be centered around the power of next-generation consoles and will bring us battles on a larger scale than ever before.
Hopefully, the next installment of Battlefield brings the franchise back to its glory days. In its absence, games like Call of Duty and Fortnite have dominated the shooter market with their battle royale modes.
It might be refreshing for Battlefield to make a comeback in the next year with a large scale multiplayer shooter.
Image credits: EA
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