March 3, 2024

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Well, it looks like EA and DICE are looking to move past the disastrous launch of Battlefield 2042 just like us, as it is reported that they have already started pre-production on the next entry of the popular series.

The news comes by way of XFire, who have been in the forefront of plenty of Battelfield leaks and news recently. According to them, the game is going to be reverting back to many systems and mechanics that were scrapped from last year’s game. Their report says that DICE has learned “valuable lessons” and are aiming to shift away from the hero-focused shooter that Battelfield 2042 was.

They say that the new game was also planned to be even more hero-centered, but after the negative reaction from 2042 and the recent playtest and feedback sessions prompted the developer to move away from these plans. Now this means that heroes will more closely tied to classes.

They also report that the game is going to be set in the present or near-future again, moving away from the far-future setting of Battlefield 2042, as well as not going back to their WWI or WWI settings we have seen previously.

None of this is surprising given the incredible backlash that erupted when Battlefield 2042 released in November 2021. The game was unfinished, unpolished, and barely playable. It was also missing key features like a scoreboard that are commonplace in every modern game right now. To say that the choices were baffling is an understatement.

As of this moment, we also aren’t sure how or if the invasion of Ukraine will affect the game or the Russia vs. USA lore of 2042. EA has already removed Russia from their sports games and ceased sales of their games in the region.

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