The Battlefield series has been fairly regular over the years: Battlefield 3 in 2011, Battlefied 4 in 2013, Hardline in 2015, Battlefield 1 in 2016, and Battlefield 5 in 2018. Waiting for the next Battlefield, whatever and finish. will be a little longer, as CEO Andrew Wilson said in an appeal to investors today that he will not be out in time for the fiscal year of EA 2022, which begins on April 1, 2021.
"Our Battlefield franchise and her community is also a major focus for us and we will add new content and new ways to play Battlefield 5 in FY21, "said Wilson. "Aimed at a new innovation that will be activated by next-gem platforms and a growing base for installing new consoles, our next Battlefield game is set for FY22."
Wilson went a little deeper into EA's thinking to a follow-up question, saying that the decision is based on several different factors, the first being the fact that EA is not done with Battlefield 5.
“We still see an increasing opportunity with Battlefield 5 and as I said in the prepared remarks , we are about to launch a whole new theater for war with the Pacific Theater. And the team is still thinking of continuing to drive this service forward, "he explained. "So we think there is still an opportunity to try Battlefield 5, as it was built as a core live service from the beginning."
Interestingly, the success of Apex Legends is also included in the decision. Wilson said Apex was an effective "annual shooter" that would likely ease some of the pressure to launch a relatively frequent sequel to Battlefield. He also reiterated EA's desire to take advantage of next-generation console technology ̵
The success of other games has also led Electronic Arts to be a little more selective about the moves it makes: For example, COO and CFO Blake Jørgensen revealed the potentially surprising fact that Star Wars Battlefront 1 and 2
"It's a huge queue for our business going forward, and so we're very aware of how we think about staging when our games come out," he said. "I think people get used to the annual frequency of sports which works very well in sports but we want to be careful about it m some of those other franchises that we give them the long life they deserve in our business and can generate great returns for us for a long time. "
Unfortunately, another great EA Shooter series stays in limbs for now: Titanfall 3 may happen at some point in the future, Jorgensen said, but there is no specific news. "We really want to keep the team hyper-focused on Apex because we see that there are so many options out there, so I can't give you a sense of whether or when [a new Titanfall] will come," he said. "But it's still a great brand and we certainly won't forget about it along the way."