In a recent investor call, Blake Jorgensen, chief financial officer at EA, revealed the company’s plan of having a first-person shooter as a core title over the coming years.
“What we’ve said is that our intention over the next couple of years is to have a first-person shooter as one of the core titles,” he said. “This year it’s Star Wars Battlefront, next year it’s another Battlefield title.”
The most recent game in the Battlefield series was Battlefield: Hardline. Developed by Visceral, best known for their work on the Dead Space series, Battlefield: Hardline saw a departure from the military setting of recent Battlefield titles, focusing instead on a cops and robbers theme. It is unknown whether the next game in the Battlefield series will be developed by DICE, or if it will indeed return to military theme of Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4.
DICE, who normally develop the Battlefield games, are of course working on Star Wars Battlefront, which releases on November 17th for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
EA also recently announced their earnings for Q1 2016 which saw them generate a net revenue of $1.2 billion as well as an increase in net income from $355 million to $442 million year-over-year. A large part of their income is now generated from digital sales, over 50%, which is an increase on the 44% of the last fiscal year.
It was also revealed that three original IPs would launch by Q4 2016, which falls between January 1st and March 31st of next year. One of these titles could be the charming platformer Unravel, which was revealed at E3 this year. Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst is also due out in Q4 2016, but this does not fall under the category of original IP.
Are you excited at the prospect of a new Battlefield game? And if so, what era should the series take place in?