In their latest earnings call, Electronic Arts confirmed that they will not be rolling out Battlefield 6 until fiscal 2022. Seeing as how their fiscal year ends in March 2021, this means the earliest possible launch date is April 2021.
It's pretty clear that EA is not only aiming to build on the longevity and extend the development cycle of their games, even if both are clearly quite beneficial side-effects of the company's schedule reshuffling - there's some accommodating for Sony and PlayStation 5 here.
"Targeting new innovation that will be enabled by next-gen platforms and a growing installed base on the new consoles, our next Battlefield game is set for FY '22", said EA's CEO Andrew Wilson.
Judging by the initial fan reaction, EA is doing the right thing. The earlier release schedule was a bit awkwardly timed and it often felt like Battlefield games were just getting into their groove when they got undermined by their successor's shiny new look.
Battlefield V's latest content drop takes players to the Pacific and it's quite a large update. Hopefully, Dice and EA keep up the tempo, seeing as how the game just got a one-year extension.
This also means that Battlefield 6 will be launching on Steam , after EA's lengthy absence from Valve's platform. Unfortunately, Origin didn't live up to the heights EA hoped for, but they did become the first subscription service on Steam, which the company didn't fail to mention.
EA's CFO Blake Jorgensen said that the company's shooter for 2021 will be Apex Legends, which is up to 70 million players and is arguably the superior shooter here. The company expects Apex Legends' growth to be driven by further expansion of content, new platforms, geographies and mobile, so clearly there's more to come from Respawn.