In amongst all the Anthem hype, Electronic Arts also had a little to say on the upcoming Battlefield 5 during its Q4 and FY 2018 earnings call. We got confirmation that Battlefield V will be launching in Q3 2018, going to head-to-head with Call of Duty once again.
EA CEO Andrew Wilson also delved a teensy bit into the details, including revealing that Battlefield 5 will return with a single-player, story-driven campaign. It’s currently heavily rumoured that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will launch without a single-player campaign, so this could be a huge selling point for Battlefield 5, provided DICE can nail it this time around.
“With our next Battlefield game, the team at DICE is bringing the intensity of combat to life in new and unexpected ways,” said Wilson. “Every battle is unique, and every mode brings its own challenges – from the way you interact with the environment around you, to compelling single-player stories, to the next level of large-scale multiplayer that spans across multiple maps and modes.
“This will be a deep and fully-featured shooter and ongoing service that will evolve with major new experiences for our community, beginning right from launch. This new game will advance the state of the art for the franchise, while still delivering the signature gameplay and Battlefield moments that have captivated and grown our global community.”
There’s a whole lot of words there without saying a whole lot, but being able to show off a single-player campaign would certainly put Battlefield 5 on the front foot in its feud with COD: BLOPS4. Picking through he’s said, it does fairly likely that DICE will be adopting the vignette approach once again with Battlefield V, offering short little stories highlighting various aspects of whatever war or period it’s set during.
And, well, I may be reading into this a little, but when Wilson promises it’ll be “the next level of large-scale multiplayer”, could it possibly mean we could finally be set for a higher player count? That’s probably just wishful thinking, but DICe always one or two unique tricks up its sleeve for each outing. Last time around we got the glorious Operations mode in Battlefield 1, a mode absolutely primed for chaotic slaughter, possibly at the expensive of tactics.
With Battlefield 5 probably winning the game mode Top Trumps, do you think it can finally topple Call of Duty this year? What improvements need to be made over Battlefield 1? Let us know!