Pre-production has reportedly begun on the next Battlefield game and will see the series return to its familiar roots after the changes introduced in Battlefield 2042 weren’t well received.
According to a report on XFire – which previously suggested a free-to-play mode could be in development – developer DICE has learned “valuable lessons” from Battlefield 2042 and will no longer be using that game as a new basis for the long – operating an FPS franchise. A former developer who recently left DICE after the launch of Battlefield 2042 had suggested that the next Battlefield was at some point designed to be even more of a “hero shooter” style of game.
It is claimed that recent playtesting and feedback sessions have focused on the class system in Battlefield 2042, which has resulted in these plans being changed so that specialist roles are more closely tied to classes. XFire also reported that the next Battlefield will again be set in the modern or near future, as opposed to Battlefield 2042 which will be set decades in a world where climate change has created a paradigm shift in society.
As for the future of Battlefield 2042, EA and DICE are still required to release new specialists, modes, weapons, vehicles and maps as part of its battle pass obligations, which are managed by a dedicated team within from DICE.
It’s unclear how the invasion of Ukraine will affect the development of Battlefield 2042 between the US and Russia, as EA recently removed Russia from several of its sports games and halted sales to the country and its ally, Belarus.
In other Battlefield 2042 news, DICE released a patch earlier this month that added the first of a long list of legacy features to the game and the development team has been shaking up the branding develop. The latest entry in the Battlefield series fell short of EA’s expectations, but the company still had a record-breaking third quarter last year.
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