During a conference call, EA laid out some early release dates for some of its biggest franchises. Battlefield Hardline will launch on March 17, 2015, while Star Wars: Battlefront will release in holiday 2015. With shooters stacked next year, EA also said it will not release Battlefield 5 (or whatever they end up calling it) until 2016.
It was an obvious decision, and one Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia said would help the Battlefield franchise avoid franchise “fatigue.”
I think “fatigue” is the least of EA’s worries when it comes to Battlefield. Everyone knows about the botched launch of Battlefield 4. It’s a shame really. Battlefield 4 is a great game, but the extreme server issues in the months following Battlefield 4’s launch cast a shadow on the franchise for many.
I would recommend giving Battlefield 4 another shot, though. A recent patch has fixed many of the game’s issues, and it plays better than ever.
Here’s what EA CEO Andrew Wilson had to say about waiting a year to 2016 to launch the next Battlefield game after Hardline.
“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,” Wilson said in a conference call yesterday. “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.”
Plus, we’ll have Star Wars: Battlefront to look forward to for holiday 2015. We should be getting our first big look at Star Wars: Battlefront next spring or summer.