Today, during Electronic Arts’ financial conference call related to the first quarter of fiscal year 2018, Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wilson and Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen talked about the competitive future of Battlefield 1.
Wilson explained that at Gamescom in Cologne Electronic Arts will reveal a new way to play Battlefield 1 built for competition and designed with direct input from the game’s community.
On top of that, the publisher plans to detail its plans for a “new offering” that will represent the “richest Battlefield 1 experience yet.” This will include “all-out warfare, epic multiplayer battles and more story campaign that defines the game, plus new maps, deeper progression, and additional fan-favorite game modes all in a single package.”
Later in the call, Jorgensen added more details on the new eSports mode, mentioning that people have been using Battlefield as an eSport independently for many years, but with 64 player multiplayer it’s a bit hectic and too chaotic for eSports. The new modes coming out will “benefit a more rational eSports approach.” This is “pretty exciting” for EA for this year, and the publisher expect it to “really power” next year and the year after.
Gamescom will open its doors on August 22nd in Cologne, Germany, and Electronic Arts will host a livestreamed conference on August 21st. It’s likely that this new competitive mode will be revealed then. Of course DualShockers will be on the show floor ready to report on all of it. Since the “boots on the ground” will be mine, you can most probably expect me to royally suck at the new mode, should I be given the opportunity to test it.
If you want to read more details on Electronic Arts financial results for the past quarter, you can check out our dedicated article from earlier today. Earlier today, we also learned that EA has a whopping twelve games in development using their Frostbite Engine, and that Electfonic Arts is comfortable with the current release pacing for the Battlefield franchise.