After the bitter failure of Battlefield 2042 a question remains: can the franchise recover? For Andrew Wilson, nothing is lost.
Needless to dwell on the subject, despite its few qualities, Battlefield 2042 is an almost total failure. Steam players fled the game like Babylon’s Fall (it was free, sorry Square Enix) and the developers are trying, somehow, to patch things up. Nevertheless, for EA, Battlefield 2042 will try to raise the bar and the license is in no way endangered.
Battlefield 2042 still has things to show
In any case, this is what Andrew Wilson certifiesCEO of EA, who during the presentation of the latest financial report, answered questions asking what would become of Battlefield 2042 (and more broadly the series) following the failure.
Nope [ce n’est pas fini pour BF 2042], and we have a long-term vision. Battlefield is one of the biggest franchises in our industry, built by one of the best teams in the game, and we want this license to continue to grow and be a really important part of our portfolio for many, many years to come. Again.
Battlefield 2042 is therefore not dead and will have the right to its redesign as planned by DICE. The saga as a whole is not endangered either., quite the contrary. EA had already affirmed its desire to create a real universe around Battlefield, with several different experiences. For this purpose, the publisher had also opened a studio led by Marcus Letho, co-creator of Halo and the infamous Disintegration.
For the future, EA seems visibly confident and intends to bet on a new strategy inspired by that applied by Respawn and its leader Vince Zampella. It must be said that Apex Legends can easily act as a model, the follow-up is regular, the studio listens and the overall quality of the software is impeccable.
We now have incredible leadership on this team now. They’ve been rethinking the development process from the start, and really using the Vince Zampella/Respawn model. which is to “have fun as soon as possible”. They’ve done thousands of community updates, quality of life work, and really nailed down the core of the game. I think we still have some work to do in that area and the team is committed to doing this for the community.
Beyond that, once we achieve our goals and are happy with the base game and the experience it provides, then you should expect us to invest and grow. beyond what was planned for the game until today.
And that is all the harm we wish them. Battlefield 2042 may have hurt the license and the players, but the game still has resources and the Battlefield saga has already experienced some failures, especially with Hardline, the ugly duckling. We will see what the future holds for us.
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