New Battlefield game isn't learning from catastrophic PS5 generation

That's right, there is a new Battlefield game update for May 2024. However, with keywords like 'live-service' used, the FPS series' PS5 launch still haunts us.

New Battlefield game isn't learning from catastrophic PS5 generation
Kes Eylers-Stephenson

Kes Eylers-Stephenson


We have a new Battlefield game update for May 2024 but it might not be as enticing as fans of the series hoped after a miserable time collecting Battlefield 2042 trophies on its PS5 launch. While EA's flagship shooter has rescued some of its reputation to land on the best FPS games list, the next entry has haunting keywords like 'live-service' being thrown around it.

EA talks about the new 'live-service' Battlefield game

Publisher of the Battlefield series, EA, has been talking about the new entry in its Q4 FY24 meeting which will assumedly launch on PS5. CEO Andrew Wilson stated, "I've just spent a whole bunch of time with the collective Battlefield team playing what they're building, and it is going to be another tremendous live service.

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"With each immersive, action-packed season of Battlefield 2042, players have made it clear that they wanted an even deeper experience," Wilson continued in the meeting. "Our teams have listened to the community, have learned valuable lessons, and are driving to the future.

"Motive, armed with cutting-edge Frostbite technology and compelling storytelling, is joining DICE, Criterion, and Ripple Effect to build a Battlefield universe across connected multiplayer and single-player experiences. This is the largest Battlefield team in franchise history."

In particular, Wilson compares Battlefield's upcoming live service offerings to Apex Legends and EA Sports FC 24 both of which practically print money for the company. Apex runs in seasons where players can pay for Battle Passes and cosmetics for hero characters. EA Sports FC 24 features Ultimate Team packs of players for purchase, allowing them to build a custom squad to play online with.
As you may well know, Battlefield 2024 was a total mess at launch. The FPS had targeted the live-service space with themed seasons and a revamped hero system replacing the classes the series was known for. None of it gelled, it all felt poorly implemented and jumbled, the hero system was embarrassing, and it wasn't helped by poor gameplay and server troubles.

Battlefield 2042 is back on track now with Season 7: Turning Point. However, it's been the same old story for a while — it's still not quite Battlefield and fans put up with months of fixes for PS4's modern military-themed Battlefield 4 and WW2-themed Battlefield V as well. That means of the last four Battlefield entries, only one worked at launch and three have had to be salvaged.

Though the investor's meeting is a place to talk money and business — not chat to gamers — it's very odd to me that Wilson decided to describe the new Battlefield in the way he did. Why even use the word 'live-service?' The PS5 debut of Battlefield 2042 was mired in controversy around live-service elements and I would have thought he'd want to avoid it for the latest entry like the plague.
I'm also puzzled by showing off 'the largest Battlefield team in franchise history' as though that makes a difference to anyone who needs reassurance after the horrors of Battlefield 2042. I assume Wilson is playing the quantity game with investors — "bigger means development problems solved, guys!" — but, again, why choose that route? I'd have thought he'd been keen on saying the teams are focused on delivering a quality Battlefield experience with passionate and well-equipped talent at the helm.

In a pre-release world where we have no idea what the new Battlefield games will be like, I'm shocked that EA isn't learning lessons about how it's talking about the game from the previous entry. Don't touch the live services for a while. Do talk about quality from inception. At the very least, we are getting single-player content which is a welcome relief. Those Battlefield campaigns were always a good laugh!

Clearly, the series still has power — just read Lee's Battlefield 2042 on PS Plus astronomical player count breakdown — and I'm just hoping for a good game out of EA. What do you think about the meeting? Are you surprised that EA is choosing to talk about Battlefield like this? Let me know in the comments below and I'll see you there!
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation and Sony news. He writes about PS5 games like LEGO Horizon Adventures, Assassin’s Creed Shadows, Kingdom Come Deliverance II, Concord, and Death Stranding 2 using experience from years of PlayStation gaming. He also covers PS Plus news, as well as his favorite games — The Witcher 3, God of War, and The Last of Us — before an evening swim.
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