Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts, has indicated that the publishing giant may return to launching a new Battlefield game every two years.
Speaking during the company’s Q1 earning call overnight, Wilson was quizzed specifically if the military shooter franchise would return to its previous release schedule of a new game every two years. This has been the case since Battlefield 3, with a new game coming out every two years, although in the case of Battlefield 2042, it’s been three years since the last game.
I think that is our orientation but more importantly I think you should think about Battlefield as a service. You know, what we’re doing for the launch of this game is really revolutionising and reinventing what all our epic scale warfare is in the context of gameplay.
In addition to that, we’ve announced Battlefield Portal, which really starts to lean into user generated content and will drive deep, long-term engagement in the game.
And while we’ve announced Hazard Zone, to date we haven’t disclosed a lot about what’s going on there, and you’ll hear more about that in the coming months.
You should understand that this really forms the foundation of what we believe the future of live service around Battlefield is, which over time will include a mobile launch, will include some free to enter components, and really change the nature of what happens from launch to launch.
So that while an every other year launch probably makes sense if we think about it today, we’re really focused on 365-day engagement in the franchise at a platform level across any device that consumers may want to play on.
Battlefield 2042 is scheduled for release on PS5, PS4, PC, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One on October 22, 2021.
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