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Battlefield 6 leaks: Release date, game modes, setting, rumors

Published: 19/Jan/2021 14:20 Updated: 12/Feb/2021 14:33

by Alex Garton

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There’s a lot of speculation and rumors circulating about Battlefield 6 and where the title is going to be set. This is everything we know so far about the next installment in EA and DICE’s FPS franchise.

Alongside Call of Duty, Battlefield remains one of the most popular and long-standing FPS franchises on the market. The series has garnered a dedicated fanbase that enjoys large-scale battles fought across huge and expansive maps. They didn’t release a new game in 2020, so news that DICE was working on another game in the series for 2021 has fans very excited.

As with any upcoming release, leaks and rumors have begun to circulate about the next Battlefield game. These range from the game’s setting, the different modes, and even the release date of the upcoming title. Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about EA’s Battlefield 6.

Battlefield 6 release date

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Battlefield 5 released all the way back in November of 2018.

At the time of writing, we don’t have an official release date for Battlefield 6. However, in a recent investor’s earnings call, EA’s CEO Andrew Wilson confirmed: “we will reveal the game in the spring and deliver the defining Battlefield experience for our players in the 2021 holiday season.”

Although it’s no revelation hearing that the new Battlefield title will arrive this year, it at least confirms we shouldn’t have to wait too long before more details are revealed.

Since Battlefield 3, all mainline entries in the series have launched in either October or November. Of course, all of this information regarding a release date should be taken with a pinch of salt, as it is possible the game may be pushed back.

Where will Battlefield 6 be set?

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The last two Battlefield titles have been set in the first and second World Wars.

As of yet, EA has not confirmed where the events of Battlefield 6 will take place or the game’s overall setting. This means currently the whole theme of the title is a complete mystery and has left players scratching their heads.

There is speculation that Battlefield 6 will take place in a modern setting as the previous two installments have been based in the past. This was backed by a leak posted to Reddit revealing that Battlefield 6 will be based in a World War 3 setting. However, as with any leak posted by an unknown source, there’s a very high chance the information is incorrect.

Another leak courtesy of industry insider Tom Henderson suggests the game may be a soft reboot of Battlefield 3. Again, this aligns with the idea that DICE is looking to go back to a modern setting and leave the World War one and two themes behind.

Either way, you can guarantee that DICE is closely guarding details of the game’s setting and we’re unlikely to find out more until a teaser or announcement is made.

 Battlefield 6 maps and modes

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Rumors are circulating that Battlefield 6’s maps will be huge and host more players than ever before.

Although we’re still unclear of Battlefield 6’s exact setting, there have been some leaks on what we can expect to see from the game’s maps and modes.

Back in August of 2020, leaker Tom Henderson revealed that fans can expect to see maps designed to fit more than 128 players per match and that 32 versus 32 will be part of the game’s standard playlist.

This leak has been to be proven accurate after a statement by EA’s CEO Andrew Wilson in a recent earnings call: “[Battlefield 6] will bring massive immersive battles to life with more players than ever before.”

Now, it’s safe to say we can expect huge and expansive maps in Battlefield 6 that push the limits of what players expect from an FPS title. This is great news for any Battlefield fans that love the large-scale and war-like game modes the series has become associated with.

We’ll have to keep our eyes peeled for any more credible leaks that reveal new information on Battlefield 6’s gameplay and modes.

Battlefield 6 platforms

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Battlefield 6 will be released on both next-gen consoles.

In a statement to GameSpot, EA confirmed Battlefield 6 will making the most of the new hardware and “targeting new innovation that will be enabled by next-gen platforms.”

Therefore, we can safely assume that Battlefield 6 will be releasing on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. In terms of the previous generation of consoles, rumors are circulating that a PS4 and Xbox One version of the game is being made by a separate studio. However, EA has not confirmed that this information is true.

Interestingly, EA also revealed why Battlefield 6 was not scheduled to release in 2020. According to the statement, “bringing out Battlefield [in 2020], where the new console base is fairly small, doesn’t really give justice to the potential of the title.”

This seems like a smart decision from EA and DICE as a lot of people are still struggling to buy next-gen consoles in early 2021. Waiting for the units to become more readily available will ensure they maximize sales at the game’s release.

Battlefield 6 battle royale

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DICE attempted to create a battle royale-style mode in Battlefield 5 called Firestorm.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to hear that DICE is planning on releasing a F2P battle royale alongside Battlefield 6. The overwhelming success of Call of Duty: Warzone is unmatched by any FPS in the genre, and the game has remained popular since its release back in March of 2020.

Industry insider Tom Henderson revealed that DICE was at one point considering making a battle royale title. It’s unclear whether the studio committed to the idea or scrapped it to focus on Battlefield 6.

There’s always a chance Battlefield 6 will simply contain a Battle Royale mode, similar to Battlefield V’s Firestorm. However, it’s more likely they’ll mirror the F2P model of Warzone and develop an entirely separate title to draw players in.


So far, that’s everything we know about DICE’s upcoming FPS title. Hopefully, as the year goes on, more details will emerge from various sources and EA themselves.

We’ll make sure to keep this article updated with all the latest leaks, rumors, and news on Battlefield 6.

So many release dates are uncertain in 2021, but here’s everything we know about the big games fans are looking forward to this year and beyond:

Battlefield 6 | Diablo 2 | GTA 6 | Pokemon Snap | Rainbow Six Quarantine | Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart | Starfield | Horizon Forbidden West | Forza 8 | Elder Scrolls 6 | FIFA 22 | God of War Ragnarok | Hogwarts Legacy

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Dr Disrespect claims a new Battlefield battle royale could rival Warzone

Published: 23/Feb/2021 7:21 Updated: 23/Feb/2021 7:04

by Brad Norton

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With Battlefield 6 fast approaching, YouTube star and battle royale savant Dr Disrespect believes a new attempt from EA could liven up the genre, and stand tall against the likes of Activision’s Call of Duty: Warzone.

It’s been just over two years since the last Battlefield title was released. Despite an attempt to capitalize on the hype of the battle royale genre in 2018, EA’s ‘Firestorm’ mode mostly fell short with Battlefield 5.

It dropped players into “Battlefield’s biggest map ever” and provided all the familiar tools of destruction. Yet a buggy release and lackluster player base left it more or less forgotten in a matter of months.

With Battlefield 6 next on the agenda for EA, the second time could be the charm. No one appears more excited for a fresh attempt than FPS expert Dr Disrespect.

Battlefield firestorm gameplay
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Battlefied’s Firestorm mode gave us the biggest map in franchise history.

Following a handful of leaks, we now know for certain that Battlefield 6 is targeting a 2021 release. With that in mind, Dr Disrespect was all too excited when discussing the game’s potential during a recent YouTube stream.

“I just feel like… EA’s gotta be working on some awesome battle royale experience with the Battlefield IP,” he said. “It’s just a no-brainer at this point.”

Despite the first attempt falling short, he believes a new take from the Battlefield devs could put them on the map in a big way.

“EA and Activision have always gone back and forth competing directly in the FPS genre.” With a new BR, Doc believes it has the potential to compete directly with Warzone.

“I’m excited because their engine, with all the tools and tech they have in place… they could do something pretty incredible if they put everything into it.”

The relevant topic begins at the 1:42:30 mark below.

From enormous player counts to a diverse range of vehicles and of course, Battlefield’s trademark destructibility, the recipe is there for a successful BR, according to Dr Disrespect.

It’s only a matter of time before EA lifts the lid on the upcoming AAA title. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on any future battle royale news but for now, you can catch up on everything Battlefield 6 right here.