Back in 2015, the Chief Financial Officer at EA DICE, Blake Jorgensen, announced that Battlefield 5 would be releasing sometime this year, and would return the series to its military roots after the slight swerve that came from Battlefield: Hardline and its emphasis on police combat against criminals.
This announcement surprised many, even the Battalion 1944 producer, Joe Bammer, who let his feelings about the game be known on Twitter.
“I’ve seen things, @BF5 things, and I’m excited.”
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Battalion 1944 was crowdfunded on Kickstarter back in February, and managed to reach its funding goal in 3 days. The game will be a return to the old World War 2 styles of Battlefield, before the series really blew up into the main competitor for Call of Duty, and would be multiplayer only.
In contrast, Battlefield 5 will return to the sort of military spy-thriller look that came with Battlefield 3 and 4, where pro-government characters (including a female main character) fight back against a military coup d’etat in the United States in the near future, according to rumors about the plot.
While not as epic-sounding as wars between Russia and China and the United States, Battlefield 5 does appear to have something of an interesting plot, though despite Bammer’s words on his Twitter, the Battalion 1944 producer isn’t talking.
Battlefield’s gone further into the future before, such as its popular online multiplayer shooter Battlefield 2142, which took place in a future where the Earth has been ravaged by a new ice age and two factions, the European Union and the Pan-Asian Coalition, battle for the remaining habitable land.
Battlefield 2142 showed off cool vehicles and mechanics despite only having two game modes (Conquest and Titan), but we probably won’t get anything like walkers or giant flying airships in Battlefield 5. That doesn’t mean, however, that we won’t get cool stuff at all.
Battlefield 5 is, however, slated to come out Christmas of this year, which might help the series get a leg-up on Call of Duty if Treyarch doesn’t announce anything soon for its go-around in the franchise, now under the hands of three rotating developers.