Many players felt that Battlefield 3‘s single player campaign was lacking while it was Battlefield 4‘s performance issues that came under fire. From launch, BF4 has continued to face problems with its online multiplayer mode – problems so bad that EA shareholders took the publisher to court.
Battlefield Hardline‘s cops vs. robbers gameplay also disappointed during beta testing, leading EA to delay the game until 2015. So as fans continue to hope that Battlefield franchise can return to form, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen has now revealed more info about Battlefield 5.
Jorgensen dropped hints about BF5 whilst speaking at the 2014 UBS Global Technology Conference. He told attendees that he’s seen the game in action and that it will be a “fun, new Battlefield.”
Keeping it light on details, all that Jorgensen revealed about the game’s content was that it “will be a return to a Battlefield military-style game.”
The use of “return” seems to suggest that we’ll be getting more of what we’re used to when Battlefield 5 releases. That automatically rules out another game like Battlefield Hardline and it could rule out a sequel to 2006’s futuristic shooter Battlefield 2142 too, despite its influences being felt in BF4‘s Last Stand DLC.
In a 2013 interview with the New York Times, Battlefield‘s Executive Producer Patrick Bach told them that we can expect “More features. More extras. More destruction” from Battlefield 5 as “Every new game needs to be the next big thing.” Looking at Battlefield‘s existing roster of explosives, vehicles and weapons, Battlefield 5 could deliver more destruction without veering from a modern day setting.
Furthermore, the game won’t want to be set too far in the future as Battlefield creator DICE is working on a futuristic shooter already with Star Wars Battlefront.
We also know that Battlefield 5 won’t be released until late 2016, with EA CEO Andrew Wilson revealing earlier this year that their “next Battlefield experience is planned for launch in Q3 FY17″ which is between October and December 2016. If Battlefield 5 is another modern day military shooter like BF3 and BF4 before it, a three year development time should see the game avoid any Battlefield 4 sized errors.
We won’t know for sure until EA formally shows off the game, but as Jorgensen adds that there’s “more to come on that” we’ll hopefully get a glimpse of BF5 soon.