The next Battlefield game after Battlefield 2042 might be some sort of hero shooter, according to reliable leaker and insider Tom Henderson. The current Battlefield was apparently used as a “stepping stone” for EA to move the series to a hero shooter with a battle royale, but plans could’ve possibly changed behind the scenes.
Henderson goes on to tell people to take this information with a grain of salt, though remains confident that it might actually be the case. Battlefield recently went through a restructure that put Respawn Entertainment co-founder Vince Zampella in charge of the franchise, and given his expertise already with the lucrative hero shooter Apex Legends, this makes sense.
Henderson’s full statement on the matter reads:
“The next Battlefield title is scoped as a hero shooter of sorts – it’s not a removal of specialists, but an enhancement of them. Battlefield 2042 has always been intended to be a stepping stone to a ‘hero shooter’ with a battle royale – it was just executed poorly. It should be said to take with a grain of salt, of course, but given that I heard about this stuff last week and with all of the announcements the past couple of days, it makes perfect sense. BF 2042 did change direction early on, but I can’t see them changing it?”
Battlefield 2042 was slammed by fans for its decision to shift squad-based soldiers to more individual specialists, who are already half-way to being classified “heroes” of some kind. Henderson also mentioned that EA and developer DICE were probably trying to recalibrate the series into a battle royale, which didn’t work all too well for Battlefield V‘s divisive Firestorm mode.
Judging by these reports, is EA trying to turn Battlefield into Apex Legends? Battlefield 2042 is now available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Source: Tom Henderson