The next Battlefield game is reportedly already in pre-production at EA DICE, leaker Tom Henderson’s inside source says. The new game apparently aims to revert a lot of the controversial changes brought to Battlefield 2042, bringing the series back on track.
According to insider Tom Henderson, developer EA DICE is already in the pre-production phase of the next Battlefield game, learning “valuable lessons” from the criticisms directed at Battlefield 2042 which excluded or changed many staple features of the franchise.
Henderson goes on to state that Battlefield 2042 was seen internally “as a miss”, but still want to actively work to make things better for its players. However, EA is now pouring resources into the development of a new Battlefield game, though the fan response to this has also been quite divisive.
When Battlefield 2042 launched, it brought with it a lot of bizarre changes to the series’ formula. Namely, specialists were introduced in an attempt to give more personality to individual characters, but fans saw it as simply trying to replicate the success and blueprint of Apex Legends.
Ironically enough, Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella was given reign over the Battlefield franchise and its future. One inside source who departed from DICE in Henderson’s report also claims that the next Battlefield game would be more of a “hero shooter”, with specialists now becoming mercenaries.
Whatever direction the next Battlefield game is trying to gear towards, fans remain unhappy about the poor post-launch support and ongoing content of Battlefield 2042. It has a long uphill battle before it can be received more positively, but some are already seeing EA and DICE’s decision to put the next tile in the pre-production stage as a sign that they might cut their losses on the current game.
Battlefield 2042 is now available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Source: Tom Henderson