The sixth installment of EA and DICE’s long-running Battlefield franchise will be released this year on the PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S. That isn’t news to anyone who recalls CFO Blake Jorgensen’s remarks about a holiday 2021 launch during EA’s Q2 2021 earnings call, but what might surprise fans is that Battlefield VI will reportedly be a cross-gen title that’s also in development for last generation’s PS4 and Xbox One consoles. The rumor comes from industry insider Tom Henderson, who shared a new video revealing purported details about the game, such as a 128-player and/or battle royale mode.
“A completely different studio or a different part of [DICE] is working on the previous gen version and it’s something that we simply should not be worried about,” Henderson noted for Battlefield fans who are afraid that the sixth installment’s cross-gen nature might hold back the game’s potential on modern consoles. He also suggests that Battlefield VI will be a soft reboot that follows on the heels of what Activision did with 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
“Henderson’s initial claims included that Battlefield 6 will take inspiration from Battlefield 3 in terms of its modern setting, something fellow insider Jeff Grubb also claims,” Metro wrote in its coverage.
“On a related note, Henderson addresses rumours of a Battlefield 3 remaster, saying that he has heard no evidence of it and that the initial source of the rumour isn’t entirely reliable.”