DICE’s popular first-person shooter franchise will soon be returning in 2021 with the release of Battlefield 6. The developer already announced that the content update for Battlefield 5 scheduled in June will be the last of its kind for the popular World War II shooter that has been making waves since its release in November 2018. Over its nearly two years of massive multiplayer battles, the game has maintained a large, dedicated following, with the largest game modes still becoming quickly populated.
Despite the game’s loyal fan base, Battlefield 5 has not always been a smooth experience. For example, the game’s Firestorm Battle Royale mode was a broken mess. Moreover, the game’s live service format was questioned by many gamers – concerns that resurfaced when EA revealed the next title in the series would focus on the same model. Days before that reveal, EA confirmed fans shouldn’t expect a new Battlefield game until 2021.
According to IGN, EA has reconfirmed that DICE will release Battlefield 6 in 2021. After DICE creative director Dennis Brännvall released the news regarding Star Wars: Battlefront 2’s final content update, EA gave a statement to IGN assuring the community that DICE would continue to support both Battlefield V and Battlefront 2 for the next couple years. EA then added that gamers will “be getting a new DICE Battlefield game next year: ‘Longer term, the studio is focused on the future of Battlefield that we’ll be bringing to players in 2021.’”
Whether the next Battlefield title will be Battlefield VI, another Bad Company, or something new altogether is unclear. Neither EA nor DICE have released information regarding the game’s setting or potential story elements. Any information regarding gameplay, narrative, or setting are speculation at this time, though, with the announcement that a new Battlefield is happening in 2021, more information will likely be forthcoming soon.
Since its inception in 2002 with Battlefield 1942 for PC and Mac, the Battlefield franchise has enraptured fans with each iteration. From World War II to more modern settings and even a one-off title set in the future (Battlefield 2142 – 2006), the series has been a staple in the first-person shooter genre. For better or worse, each Battlefield title is one of the most popular games to release in its launch year, with gamers rushing to get their hands on the next installment to engage in some massive gunfights with other players. However, what many fans want is a Battlefield: Bad Company 3, as it has been 10 years since Bad Company 2’s release, and the only information released regarding a continuation of that series has been speculative at best.