EA Announces Free-To-Play Battle Royale For Next Battlefield

EA gears up for a Battlefield revival with a free-to-play Battle Royale, aiming for a 2025 launch.

When is the next Battlefield game releasing?

The Battlefield series is undergoing a significant transformation, addressing the challenges faced by Battlefield 2042, which did not align with player expectations due to numerous bugs and contentious design decisions. This led to a reevaluation of the franchise, with Respawn Entertainment's Vince Zampella taking the helm. The leadership team has been expanded to include Christian Grass at Ripple Effect, Byron Beede as the franchise's General Manager, and initially Marcus Lehto at Ridgeline Games, who has since departed. These changes signal EA's commitment to revitalizing the Battlefield franchise with a focus on returning to the core elements that defined its success.

Strategic Revival With A Focus On Core Gameplay

Insider Gaming reports that the next main installment of the Battlefield series, slated for a tentative release in October 2025, aims to recapture the essence of its roots. Plans include reintroducing 64-player matches, the classic four-class system, and enhanced destruction mechanics. Set in the near future (2025-2030), the game promises a modern warfare scenario with a strong narrative driven by contemporary military technology. This strategic pivot reflects EA's intention to rejuvenate the franchise by honing in on the features that have historically resonated with its audience.

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Battlefield 2042 flopped with fans, partly due to its many bugs (Photo: PlayStation Store)

Innovative Battle Royale Experience In Development

Ripple Effect Studios is developing a new, free-to-play Battle Royale game, leveraging the lessons learned from previous Battlefield entries that missed the mark by not adopting a free-to-play model. Inspired by the success of Call of Duty: Warzone, this new title aims to seamlessly integrate with the premium Battlefield release, offering a dynamic and engaging Battle Royale experience. Spearheaded by Byron Beede, the project includes classic Battle Royale gameplay and a unique "Gauntlet" mode, where teams face off in objective-based missions with eliminations after each round. This initiative represents a bold move to expand Battlefield's appeal and adapt to the evolving landscape of online multiplayer gaming.

EA's strategy for the Battlefield franchise marks a pivotal shift towards blending traditional gameplay with innovative free-to-play elements. By refocusing on its foundational strengths and expanding its offering with a competitive Battle Royale mode, Battlefield is poised to reassert its position in the competitive gaming arena, addressing past missteps and setting a new course for the franchise's future.

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