Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts, spoke at the conference Goldman Sachs tells what to expect from a series of military shooters Battlefield in the future.
According to Wilson, Battlefield V and Battlefield 2042 have come out “Not How They Should Have Been”, “Lots of work ahead of us”however, at its core, this franchise “extraordinary” and stable.
Wilson cited Star Wars as an example. All is not well in a galaxy far, far away, but the right people in the right places can reinvent the series and keep it growing.
“I think we have an extraordinary creative team at Battlefield with incredible ambitions to be leaders in the FPS space.”‘ said Wilson.
Wilson also noted that the uncertainty of what platforms Call of Duty will be available on could play into Battlefield’s hands. The merger between Microsoft and Activision sooner or later threatens to leave the PlayStation without one of the most important franchises of our time.
“To be independent and fully cross-platform in a world where there could be questions about the future of Call of Duty, where it should be and where it shouldn’t be, I think this is an amazing opportunity for Battlefield.”Wilson says.
The future of Battlefield at Electronic Arts is already planned: DICE will continue to take care of the network component of the series, Ridgeline Games will handle the in-universe story campaign, and Ripple Effect is focused on creating some “new experience”.