Battlefield can make a comeback only if
Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson spoke of Battlefield, acknowledging the difficulties that Battlefield 2042 faced during its launch (via GamesRadar). He believes that EA has the “ability to bring Battlefield back in an entirely new way in the future,” though he didn’t mention anything about when it will happen.
The Battlefield franchise has been a beloved first-person shooter series for almost two decades. However, in recent years, the series has faced some challenges and criticisms, causing some fans to worry about the franchise’s future. In order for Battlefield to make a successful comeback, there are several key areas that EA and the development team will need to focus on.
Focus More on Core Gameplay
One of the most important aspects of any first-person shooter is the core gameplay mechanics. In order for Battlefield to make a successful comeback, it will need to focus on delivering a satisfying and engaging experience for players. This means improving the gunplay, movement, and overall feel of the game, which Battlefield 2042 failed to deliver.
In recent Battlefield games, some fans have criticized the gunplay for feeling too random or inconsistent. Improving the gunplay mechanics to make weapons feel more impactful and predictable would go a long way towards making the game feel more satisfying to play. Similarly, improving movement mechanics such as sprinting and jumping can make the game feel more fluid and responsive.
Improved Map Designs
Another area where the Battlefield franchise has faced criticism is in its map design. In recent games, Including Battlefield 5 and last title in the series Battlefield 2042 where many players have complained that the maps are too cluttered or lack clear sightlines, making it difficult to engage in long-range combat.
Improving map design should be a top priority for the development team. Maps should offer a good balance of open spaces and areas for cover, as well as clear sightlines for sniping and long-range combat. Additionally, maps should be designed with specific game modes in mind, offering unique challenges, destruction and opportunities for each mode. Battlefield 3 is a good example for this.
Deliver a compelling single-player campaign
While Battlefield is primarily known for its multiplayer modes, a well-crafted single-player campaign can go a long way towards making the game more appealing to a wider audience. In recent Battlefield games, the single-player campaign has been criticized for feeling tacked-on or uninspired. Battlefield 2042 skipped the campaign mode completely which left the players frustrated.
In order to make a successful comeback, Battlefield will need to deliver a single-player campaign that is engaging, well-written, and offers a unique experience for players. The campaign should offer a good mix of action, storytelling, and exploration, and should be designed to showcase the best aspects of the game’s mechanics and gameplay.
Offer a unique multiplayer experience
One of the key features of the Battlefield franchise is its large-scale multiplayer modes. In order to make a successful comeback, the game will need to offer unique multiplayer modes that appeal to different types of players.
This means offering traditional modes such as team deathmatch and conquest, skip newer modes such as battle royale that caused the last game to fail . Additionally, the game should offer a good mix of vehicle-based combat and infantry-focused gameplay, allowing players to choose the type of gameplay that best suits their playstyle.
Focus on player customization and progression
Another area where the Battlefield franchise can improve is in player customization and progression. In recent games, some players have criticized the limited customization options and slow progression system.
To make a successful comeback, Battlefield will need to offer a robust customization system that allows players to customize their weapons, vehicles, and characters in meaningful ways. Additionally, the game should offer a progression system that rewards players for their time and effort, offering new weapons, gear, and other rewards as they level up.
Listen to player feedback
Finally, in order to make a successful comeback, EA and the development team will need to listen to player feedback and make changes based on that feedback. In recent years, some players have criticized EA for not listening to their feedback, leading to frustration and disappointment.
By actively listening to player feedback and making changes based on that feedback, EA can build a stronger relationship with its player base and ensure that the game continues to evolve and improve over time.
Microtransactions have become a controversial aspect of many modern video games, and the Battlefield franchise and especially EA are no exception. While microtransactions can offer players the ability to customize their characters and gear, they can also create a sense of pay-to-win gameplay and lead to frustration for players who are unwilling or unable to spend money on the game. Skipping microtransactions in the new Battlefield game would show a commitment to fair gameplay and allow players to focus on the core mechanics of the game, rather than worrying about purchasing the latest and greatest gear. This would help to build trust and loyalty among the player base that they lost with last few releases and could lead to a more successful and long-lasting franchise.
Despite Battlefield 2042 not received well by the fans which led the game not to reach EA’s expectations, there is still hope for series future. Ridgeline is working with DICE to develop a single-player campaign for a future Battlefield game, but details on that are currently under wraps.
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