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EA is gauging player interest in various features that could potentially be included in Battlefield 6.
- A new or existing game mode that would be free to play
- Map updates (existing map changing parts of its components)
- Battle Pass system
- A Guild/Clan system in which players can join a group of up to 100 other players to connect and play with
- Weapon blueprints
While not a guarantee that these features will be included in the next Battlefield, they offer an indication of where the series could be headed with this year’s instalment, which is due to be revealed relatively soon, possibly in May.
Electronic Arts said in January that DICE was “way ahead” of schedule with Battlefield 6 development and that it would reveal the game sometime during spring.
“Our next Battlefield experience will mark a return to all out military warfare,” EA CEO Andrew Wilson commented during the company’s third quarter earnings call.
“The game takes full advantage of the power of next generation platforms to bring massive immersive battles to life with more players than ever before.
“Featuring maps with unprecedented scale, the next edition of Battlefield takes all the destruction, player agency, vehicle and weapon combat that the franchise is known for and elevates it to another level.”
The most recent franchise entry, 2018’s Battlefield V, included a battle royale mode called Firestorm, and it’s been suggested the series could return to the genre following the success of Call of Duty: Warzone, which has attracted over 85 million players since its release in March 2020.
During EA’s recent earnings call, possibly with a nod to Warzone, an analyst asked the company about FPS games using free to play modes to “expand the top funnel” and whether the company had any ambitions to do something similar with Battlefield.
“On Battlefield, we don’t have anything more to share at this point other than we believe it’s going to usher in a new generation for Battlefield games and Battlefield fans benefitting from the full power of next-gen platforms,” EA boss Wilson responded.
EA recently delayed the release of the next Need for Speed game by a year and moved developer Criterion Games into a support role on Battlefield 6.