The latest installment in EA and DICE’s legendary FPS is set to release this year, and with rumors and leaks building excitement, here’s everything we know about Battlefield 2021.
The franchise has remained pretty quiet since the release of Battlefield V back in 2018, but it remains one of the most popular FPS titles on the market. The series acts as the perfect alternative to the close-quarters combat of Call of Duty, bringing massive battles fought across vast locations throughout history.
After the disappointing reception to the Firestorm battle royale mode, EA and DICE didn’t release a new game in 2020, but with confirmation at EA Play that Battlefield 6 was in the works for 2021, anticipation immediately started to build.
Unsurprisingly, leaks and rumors are flooding the internet, with fans desperate to find any information they can about the upcoming release. From the game’s setting to the timeframe it’s set in, and even a potential release date, here’s everything we know about Battlefield 6.
Battlefield 6 release date
Unfortunately, we don’t have an exact release date for Battlefield 6 just yet, but in an investors call, EA CEO Andrew Wilson did confirm that they planned to reveal the game “in the spring,” and then “deliver the defining Battlefield experience in the 2021 holiday season.”
Most Battlefield games release in either October or November, but considering that many game developers are currently working from home, it’s possible this may push that timeline back a little. In their earnings call on May 11, EA confirmed that Battlefield 6 is on track to release in 2021.
According to DICE in April, the game was in the “daily playtesting mode,” focusing on “polishing and balancing as they attempt to make the best Battlefield they can.
When will Battlefield 6 be set?
There have been plenty of rumors about the timeline in which Battlefield 6 will be set, but most agree that we’re likely to find ourselves in an alternate reality of the modern-day.
According to well-known leaker Tom Henderson, the game will take place “around 10 years from now”, so that developers are able to “implement weapons and vehicles that are currently in military development today.”
One of these futuristic weapons is the combat robot dog that Henderson drew a picture of. These are in use by the military today, but will perhaps be even more powerful in the near future setting of Battlefield 6.
Where will Battlefield 6 be set?
As for where we’re going, that also remains a keenly guarded secret. Henderson has started to leak alleged information from the game’s first teaser, sharing drawings of what it will look like. One of the most detailed drawings is taken from the viewpoint of a pilot, flying towards a space station surrounded by trees.
Another drawing showed a zoomed-out look at this location, with the leaker then sharing a link to Google Earth, revealing that the space station appears to be Tanegashima Space Center in Japan.
Since this photo was posted by Henderson, screenshots believed to be from the reveal trailer surfaced online. It appears to be the same image Henderson drew from, but he said it’s likely to be from an early build of the trailer.
When will the Battlefield 6 trailer release?
DICE put Battlefield fans in a frenzy by saying, in April, that the reveal is coming “soon.” All leaks and rumors pointed towards the trailer releasing in May, but after a tongue-in-cheek tweet from DICE and EA chief Blake Jorgensen confirming in May that the reveal will be “next month,” we now understand the Battlefield 6 trailer will release in June.
Will Battlefield 6 have a battle royale?
All signs point to yes. In a leak posted to the Battlefield 6 subreddit, it was claimed that the game will have a free-to-play battle royale in March 2022 after DICE tested the waters with Firestorm in 2019.
Tom Henderson has also discussed a Battlefield battle royale in his livestreams, where he said he believes that DICE will release a battle royale midway through 2022, which will compete with CoD’s audience.
The appetite for a battle royale is certainly there, with popular streamer Dr Disrespect clearly excited by the prospect, but we’re still awaiting official confirmation from the developers.
Will Battlefield 6 be on PS4 and Xbox One?
Yes! In an investor earnings call on May 11, EA boss Andrew Wilson said that “Battlefield will be available for both current-gen and next-gen.”
After DICE said the game will be “brought to life” with the “power” of next-gen consoles, many presumed that the game would only release on the Xbox Series X|S and PS5, but we now know this is no longer the case.
Bear in mind that the game has been built for next-gen consoles, so expect Battlefield 6 for PS4 and Xbox One to be a stripped-back version, similar to Battlefield 4’s release on PS3 and PS4.
In a statement to GameSpot back in May 2020, EA confirmed that they would be releasing the game on the new consoles in an attempt to target “new innovation that will be enabled by next-gen platforms.”
This was the main reason EA and DICE decided not to release a Battlefield game in 2020, as the number of people who would have had either a PS5 or Xbox Series X would still be small compared to what it will be a year on.
That’s everything we know about Battlefield 2021! Once the official reveal happens in June, we’ll be bound to know more about the next installment of the shooter franchise.
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