A new Battlefield game is confirmed and today we want to take you through some things we know and a few things we expect from a game that could be Battlefield 2, Battlefield 5, or something else entirely.
During a recent earnings call, Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson revealed some new Battlefield 1 and In the Name of the Tsar DLC details. Battlefield 1 isn’t going anywhere anytime soon but it looks like it could have some in-house competition sometime next year.
EA’s confirmed the next installment in the long-running Battlefield franchise. The company didn’t reveal the name or a specific release date but the game is in development along with several other popular titles including the Star Wars title from Visceral Games and BioWare’s highly anticipated Anthem.
It’ll be awhile before EA talks in-depth about the next game in the Battlefield series so today we want to take you through what we currently know, what we don’t know, and what we expect from the highly anticipated release.
Let’s start with what we know.
Battlefield 1 DLC & Updates Coming First
We know that EA and DICE will release a ton of Battlefield 1 content before the next Battlefield 1 game arrives. The developer’s promised monthly patches for the Xbox One, PS4 and Windows PC and the company’s committed to bringing three more DLC expansions to the World War I sim.
If you haven’t been following along, here’s how the Battlefield 1 update and DLC pipeline looks for 2017 and beyond:
- Lupkow Pass Update (August 2017)
- In the Name of the Tsar DLC (September 2017)
- Turning Tides DLC (December 2017)
- Apocalypse DLC (Early 2018)
We expect DICE to fill in the gaps with new maps, challenges and features including a new dedicated “eSports mode” that will debut at Gamescom in August.
Battlefield 2018 Release Date
While (publicly) the focus is on Battlefield 1 and its upcoming content, the company is working on a new Battlefield game behind the scenes.
EA hasn’t confirmed an exact release date for the next Battlefield game but it has confirmed a potential release window for the title.
The company says it plans to release the next Battlefield game sometime in 2018. With Battlefield 1 content planned through early 2018, we don’t expect the game to be released until late 2018. That’s assuming there aren’t any delays.
Battlefield 1 and Battlefield 4 were both released in October ahead of the holidays. Don’t be surprised if the next Battlefield release falls into that window.
One Feature Confirmed
The company hasn’t gone into detail but one feature from the next Battlefield 1 game is confirmed.
EA says the Battlefield 2018 title will use the company’s Frostbite engine. It’s unclear if it will use Frostbite 3 (Battlefield 1 uses Frostbite 3) or if it will use an evolved version of the game engine.
The company is rolling out Frostbite to many other games, including Madden, so there is certainly incentive to evolve it as we push into 2018.
Battlefield 5? Battlefield Vietnam 2?
EA’s Battlefield series has taken gamers to places like Vietnam and World War I. It’s also taken them into the future. As of right now, it’s unclear where the series will go next.
Fans of the series are making their opinions known and we’ve seen wish lists outline several possibilities including a return to Vietnam.
I'd like to see DICE take a crack at Bad Company 3 but I don't actually see that happening right now.
Vietnam? 8/8 m8 that'd be gr8.
— Westie @ Gamescom (@MrProWestie) July 28, 2017
Battlefield 2 in World War 2
— MHMAHID (@itsMHMAHID) July 28, 2017
Battlefield Vietnam 2 could work with such a system. A lot of neat cosmetics for weapons and soldiers could be introduced
— DANNYonPC is BAE🇵🇷 (@JustaguyonPC) June 21, 2017
Some gamers are hoping the game is Battlefield 2 and based on World War 2. Others are hoping for a return to Vietnam with Battlefield Vietnam 2 or Battlefield Bad Company 3.
There’s also chatter about a follow-up to the popular Battlefield 4 with Battlefield 5 and a focus on modern combat.
It’s extremely difficult to predict what EA and DICE have up their sleeve and we don’t expect to get clarification for a few more months at least. Until then, look for the excitement, rumors, and speculation to build.
Battlefield 2018: What to Expect
The game’s title and setting are difficult to predict but there are a few things you can expect from the next Battlefield game. Here are a few early predictions:
- A release on Xbox One X, Microsoft’s upcoming console.
- An announcement in and around E3 2018. EA and DICE first confirmed Battlefield 1 in May 2016, just ahead of E3 2016. The company then used the conference to tease the gameplay.
- Expect EA and DICE to release a beta ahead of the official release.
- Expect the game to come in several different editions. Don’t be surprised if the company offers incentives like early access to the beta or the game itself.
- Don’t expect a Premium Pass. EA appears to be moving away from the Season Pass format, at least for DICE’s massive multiplayer games, so as not to fragment the community. Star Wars Battlefront 2 DLC will be free and we could see the company do something similar with the next Battlefield game.
In the Name of the Tsar Size
In the Name of the Tsar is now available, in full, to those of you who own the Premium Pass.
If you own the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass you'll simply need to download the latest Battlefield 1 update to unlock the rest of the DLC's content. The update is mandatory for all Battlefield 1 players.
If you're planning to play Battlefield 1 today or in the near future, here's what you can expect from the In the Name of the Tsar update's size. It's a huge download for all three platforms.
Xbox One: 10.1GB
If you've skipped Battlefield 1 updates from previous months, you'll require even more space on your console's hard drive.
If you're running out of space on your system, you'll need to cleanup your hard drive. And if your connection can be slow, you might want to plug in an ethernet cord.