EA CEO: Battlefield 2021 Given an Extra Year of Development, Confident in Launching Next Year

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In case you didn’t know, a new Battlefield game is set to be released next year. EA CEO Andrew Wilson claims that Battlefield 2021 is an entry in the franchise in a “never-before-seen-scale,” and that it’ll be out in holiday 2021.

During yesterday’s earnings call, Wilson was asked if there’s a risk that the game won’t make launch on time. According to Wilson, they gave DICE an extra year of development time for Battlefield 2021, and that they are confident it’ll be out next year.

Alex Giaimo (Jeffries): So, just curious as you think towards next year in Battlefield obviously that’s a big theme for fiscal 2022. So just curious if you can provide an update about how you’re feeling about the development process? And if there’s any risk a year from now that maybe that game doesn’t launch on time? It would be helpful to get an update there. 

Andrew Wilson: As we think about Battlefield next year again you heard me talk about we’re doing internal play testing. We’re starting to go out to our community and get feedback. I was part of the product review last week. We have rallied that entire studio around the development of Battlefield specifically. We’ve given them an extra year of development.

You’ll remember to ensure that they can in fact build a true next-gen vision around that game. DICE is one of the most talented studios on the planet and we’ve been able to add leadership from our EA SPORTS business and David Rutter who understands both live services and the rigor of development. We’ve brought in talent from across the industry who have really bolstered our belief and our confidence in our ability to launch that game next year. So lots more to come in the next couple of months.

This is definitely good news for Battlefield fans. Hopefully, the game lives up to fan expectations.

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