As one of the most famous and influential shooter brands, Battlefield has always been very important to the gaming market. For Battlefield 6 it is already clear that this game will be of the utmost importance. And that’s mainly due to three factors.
The Battlefield series has been known since 2002 for being graphically and technically in the top league and has set standards in the genre more than once with its huge battlefields and detailed destruction physics. Now t he new consoles have appeared and the way would be free for a further technological leap thanks to advanced graphics cards and faster SSD hard drives.
And EA boss Wilson promises exactly that for Battlefield 6: “The advances made through PS5 and Xbox Series X allow our team to develop a real NextGen version of Battlefield,” he said at an investor conference. Battlefield 6 should therefore achieve “an unprecedented scale,” it continues.
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What that means exactly is indicated by the first clips and insider information: There is talk of allegedly up to 128 players on gigantic maps, we see extremely realistic collapsing buildings in a tech demo. The way seems paved for a new technical milestone.
Of course, we still have to wait and see which of these really corresponds to reality in the end. The expectation that is aroused is clear: fans and press are expecting nothing less than the next big quantum leap in the Battlefield series.
The high demand
Another reason why Battlefield 6 is so important is the demand. Although the game has not yet been officially presented and the release for Christmas 2021 is still a long way off, players literally rush to every little piece of information.
The GameStar editorial team was also surprised by such a rush: Internally, we noticed in the course of 2020 Significantly higher views of our articles on Battlefield 6 than initially expected. A clear signal for us: there is enormous interest in Battlefield 6. This is also proven by other data: At Google, the need for information about Battlefield 6 is growing massively, as we can observe with the help of analysis tools.
One possible reason for the rapidly increasing interest could be the lack of real alternatives. There is certainly a large selection of current (and successful) multiplayer shooters, such as Rainbow Six: Siege, Valorant or, more recently, CoD Cold War. Most of them are limited to a smaller frame and do not offer large-scale battles with vehicles and high numbers of players.
The few Exceptions like Squad, Beyond the Wire or Hell Let Loose On the other hand, due to their high standards and complex mechanics, they are more aimed at fans of hardcore shooters and are considered less beginner-friendly. What remains is obviously a gap in the market between the two subgenres. And since the release of Battlefield 5 was already two years ago, many players are likely to be starved for a sequel.
The development time
Battlefield 5 was a good shooter, but it still fell short of fan expectations in many ways. And that’s exactly why there could be a great opportunity for the successor here. Because many positive approaches were already there, for example a live service model with free DLC replenishment instead of the old premium model.
In the end, this failed because of the implementation, but it at least set the right direction. For Battlefield 6, this gives you the opportunity to take important lessons with you and to iron out the big mistakes of its predecessor in 2021:
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That developer Dice withdrew, merged and merged large parts of the teams behind Battlefield 5 and Star Wars Battlefront 2 in spring 2020 thrown on the new project has, gives many fans hope for a real new start. For example, that BF 6 (contrary to the previous release cycle) about three years of development while Battlefield 5 could only be worked on for almost two years before launch.
A similar situation last occurred with Battlefield 1, which went through a three-year development period due to the additional year of DLC support (through the support studio Dice LA). The result: One of the most stable and successful Battlefield releases ever. Of course, additional development time is by no means a guarantee of success! But it shows that the makers want to take a similar big step as from BF 4 to BF 1.