If we talk about two of the most popular military nuanced FPS game franchises in the gaming industry today, then the name Call of Duty from Activision and Battlefield from EA will be two names that never stop being compared. Both of them do share different attractions and are counted as having quite fanatical communities. But unlike Call of Duty which is released every year with a rotation system of three different developers, EA still relies on DICE – the same developer who developed the Frostbite Engine – to handle Battlefield. Bad news for those who are waiting for a new series? You have to wait longer than you think.
In their latest financial statements, EA ensures that they will not release the latest Battlefield series in 2020. The latest Battlefield series will at least be released in fiscal year 2022 which will take place from April 2021 – March 2022. During this period, EA will focus more on encouraging Apex Legends currently planned for mobile platforms, new platforms, fighting in the Chinese market, and getting the esports scene itself. EA also ensures that they have at least 2 new games from third-party developers for 2020.
Unfortunately, EA itself does not explain much about the reasons for the absence of Battlefield in 2020. This means, fans of Battlefield inevitably have to stick with the Battlefield V series which was released in 2018 and fortunately, still consistently getting content updates as a Games as a Service strategy belongs to EA. How about you? How many of you are disappointed with this decision? Or are you actually relieved and welcomed?
On the other hand, the desire to get 100% full profit instead of only 70% of putting their products on Steam did end up making some giant publishers, develop their own digital storefront. This strategy makes the PC flooded with so many digital platforms that are troublesome, but it is inevitable if you want to taste all the exclusive games that are only available on each of these platforms. This strategy has long been promoted by EA since Origin was born, which is now the “home” for their games. The good news? Adopting rumors that had circulated before, as in the past, EA finally officially returned to Steam!
EA officially returned to Steam, this announcement they threw via an official blog. This collaboration between EA and Valve will be “celebrated” with the release of the latest Star Wars game – Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order which will also be released on Steam on the same day as the release on Origin.
Not only that, EA also ensures that subscription services tempt them – EA Access will also be available via Steam later. Even cooler news? Their multiplayer based games like Apex Legends, FIFA 20 and Battlefield V will also be released in 2020, where Steam gamers and Origin gamers will be able to play together. Older products like The Sims 4 and Unravel Two will also be released in the next few months.
Gamers who are interested can now head to the Steam Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order page and do the pre-order process since you read the news on this one. What do you think? Is this a positive step for EA or is it potentially a blunder?