While speaking on a recent investor call, chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen mentioned that EA's intention over the next couple of years is to have a first-person shooter as one of the developers core titles. He later said, "This year it's Star Wars: Battlefront, next year it's another Battlefield title." Last year in October, EA's CEO, Andrew Wilson, also said something regarding the matter, "Battlefield 4 continues to add new players and engage existing fans a year after launch, as a result of the extended services and content updates that we provide, it's clear that players want to experience the games we're delivering for longer periods of time. Looking into next year, we will ensure that our players have enough time between releases to fully explore the depth and innovation in our shooter titles".
No other information has been reported about what maps, vehicles, or even weapons will be featured in this future military-style Battlefield installment, only that a confirmation has been made that a new title will be entered in the series. I'm hoping that along with the expansive multiplayer experience, that the next installment will return to the squad we played as part of in the Bad Company sub-series, as the campaigns from Battlefield 3 and 4 had new main protagonists with the original Bad Company squad heading to Alaska.
For a company that rolls out yearly sports games, while simultaneously releasing some unfinished products or pushing out games riddled with fps issues and bugs, this new plan definitely seems like the devs are taking on a bit more than they can chew. I'll surely be following this new idea just to see if all goes well, or, if some of the titles come out well before their ready, causing months of patches to follow their production.
Along with this new approach, EA has also reconfirmed three titles to be shipped out by the final quarter of the company's fiscal year, (January through March 2016) including Mirror's Edge Catalyst, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, and Unravel.
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- Star Wars Battlefront (Nov. 17, 2015)
- Need for Speed (Nov. 3, 2015)
- Mirror's Edge Catalyst (Feb. 23, 2016)
- Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 (2016)
- Fifa 16 (Sep. 22, 2015)
- Madden NFL 16 (Aug. 25, 2015)
- NHL 16 (September 2015)
- NBA Live 16 (Sep. 29, 2015)
- Unravel (Early 2016)
- New Battlefield Title (TBA for 2016)