EA CEO Andrew Wilson told investors “you should think of Battlefield as a service,” indicating the direction the popular first-person multiplayer shooter will take with the upcoming Battlefield 2042.
“I think that is our orientation. But more important, I think you should think of Battlefield as a service,” Wilson said during EA’s Q1 FY 2022 investors call on Wednesday.
Notably, EA did not clarify whether or not the Battlefield franchise will release every other year like previous entries. The implication is that EA will continue to treat Battlefield like an ongoing ecosystem that sees regular updates.
Wilson pointed to EA’s continuing shift to live service-focused games for the future throughout the investors call, saying games like Battlefield 2042 will “reinvent what our epic scale games are.”
With the recent announcement of Battlefield 2042’s Portal mode, which allows players to create custom matches combining wildly different eras of Battlefield weaponry and mechanics, it appears EA is hoping user-created content will spur long-term, continuous growth for the franchise.
“This really forms the foundation for what we think the future of Battlefield is,” Wilson said, adding that different versions of Battlefield, including an upcoming mobile release, will “change the nature of what happens from launch to launch” and that EA aims to focus on “365 day engagement on a platform level.”
EA’s investors call revealed that the publisher intends to double down on live service aspects of its games, including Apex Legends and sports game modes like FIFA’s Ultimate Team.
Battlefield 2042 is due out on October 21, 2021.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer for IGN.