The Battlefield series blew the doors clean off the first-person shooter experience. With heightened realism, destructible environments, and massive multiplayer maps, Battlefield has been churning out groundbreaking content since 2002’s Battlefield 1942. EA DICE knows what its fans have come to expect in its games. Battlefield V proved that the fanbase is alive and well. Unfortunately, Battlefield V fell short of the mark with some fans as it harkened back to pre-modern warfare. With Battlefield VI looming on the 2021 horizon, fans are clamoring to know what they can expect from the game’s next installment. Here’s everything we know about Battlefield VI.
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Since mid-2020, EA DICE has been concentrating all of its efforts on Battlefield VI. This is evident from the “end-of-life” updates for both Battlefield V and Star Wars: Battlefront II, which tells us there will be no future content added to the games. Furthermore, in an earnings report with EA CEO Andrew Wilson and CFO Blake Jorgeson, the future of Battlefield VI was confirmed:
“DICE is creating our next Battlefield game with never-before-seen scale. The technical advancements of the new consoles are allowing the team to deliver on a true next-gen vision for the franchise.” – Andrew Wilson, EA CEO
“I can tell you now that the Battlefield team is doing an incredible job. They’re way ahead of where they were in product — prior product cycles, on track for their earliest feature complete in franchise history” – Blake Jorgensen, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer
Wilson states that EA and EA DICE are currently planning on a “holiday 2021” release. The game has moved into the “hands-on-testing phase,” as Wilson calls it, and tests have received positive feedback. We don’t have much more information to go off in terms of a specific release window. Battlefield fans can look forward to a Battlefield VI reveal slated for spring of 2021.
Battlefield has always been a massive game. EA DICE has continually pushed the limits of the consoles it releases on and will continue to on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. Gaming PCs will be able to handle the full scale of what Battlefield VI is promising to be. However, the lingering question is whether or not Battlefield VI will be ported to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. While many speculate that ports to last-gen systems will be available, we don’t believe fans should get their hopes up. Let’s break down some past examples, the biggest being Cyberpunk 2077’s rocky last-gen release.
Cyberpunk 2077 was a massive game that pushed the boundaries of current-gen capabilities. Its last-gen port was so bad that Sony and Microsoft were forced to issue refunds for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players. Battlefield VI promises to push the boundaries of new consoles, which may prove too powerful for last-gen. For now, players should assume Battlefield VI will be exclusively available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC. Consider a port to last-gen consoles to be a pleasant surprise in the coming months. We trust EA DICE won’t follow in CD Projekt Red’s footsteps.
While EA has yet to release any form of a trailer, its Chief Studio Officer, Laura Miele, mentioned in the above video how “DICE sets the bar for excellence in audio and video presentation.” She mentions these accolades over footage of last-gen clips from Battlefield: Bad Company, Battlefield 4, and Battlefield 1. She then notes that EA is creating epic battles on a scale that players have never seen before. Battlefield fans will have to wait until the spring for a full reveal/gameplay trailer.
As of now, most of what we know about Battlefield VI’s gameplay is coming from reliable insiders such as Tom Henderson. It’s heavily speculated that Battlefield VI will be taking cues from Battlefield III. This means the next installment in the Battlefield franchise will be set in modern times. After spending the previous two games in World War I and World War II, players will finally be returning to the modern era. With the power of current consoles at their disposal, it wouldn’t make sense for DICE to handcuff themselves to the limitations of pre-modern warfare.
Battlefield news; Maps have been designed with 128+ players in mind. But 32 vs 32 will also be a standard playlist.
— Tom Henderson (@_TomHenderson_) August 13, 2020
Battlefield is known for massive-scale warfare. Up to 64 players could cue into conquest games in Battlefield V. Rumors point to larger-scale lobbies being implemented into Battlefield VI. If games like Call of Duty: Warzone can support 150-200 players, there’s no reason Battlefield VI won’t be able to follow suit, especially on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. Would that make every Battlefield VI map as large as Verdansk? Probably not.
While on the subject, it is 99.99% likely that Battlefield VI will feature some form of battle royale. It’s the “hot demand’ in any modern shooter — a trend that will continue into the foreseeable future. Battlefield V broke the ice with Firestorm, but the mode failed to live up to its rivals at the time. Firestorm went widely under-played and eventually fizzled out in popularity. Fans of the series have full confidence in EA DICE. They’ll learn from their mistakes and hopefully deliver a free-to-play battle royale to rival Call of Duty: Warzone. By the way, Warzone is rumored to live well into the release of Call of Duty: 2021.
EA DICE continued to release new Chapters for Battlefield V up until the summer of 2020. As mentioned above, this was done to focus the team’s full attention on Battlefield VI. These chapters implemented new stories, weapons, maps, and game modes into Battlefield V. In a bygone era of gaming, these DLC packs would have cost fans a fortune. However, everything that came out for Battlefield V was completely free.
Based on their past actions, we can only assume that Battlefield VI will feature two to three years of expansions and updates. Should they go the route of a battle royale mode, Battlefield VI will most likely feature a season pass similar to those in Warzone and Fortnite.
There is no way to currently pre-order the next installment in the Battlefield franchise. Without a confirmed release date nor reveal trailer, there’s no reason for fans to be putting $60+ down on the game. This may change come the spring as developers have hinted toward a significant reveal. Fans will have to wait a while longer.
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