There’s a lot of speculation and rumors circulating about Battlefield 6’s release date, whether the game will be on PS4 and current-gen, and the game’s setting. This is everything we know so far from EA’s investor’s calls, leaks, and news about the next installment in 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, current-gen, 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
At the time of writing, we don’t have an official release date for Battlefield 6. However, in an investor’s earnings call back in February, 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.”
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DICE has stated that the game is in “daily playtesting mode” while they continue to round out the game ready for its release later this year.
This also coincides with two nuggets of information we’ve received. Battlefield’s Twitter was spotted tweeting out a cryptic, yet telling: ‘words that rhyme with soon: June, Boom.”
As well as this, their earnings call in May featured a presentation that listed a release window for all of their upcoming titles, with Battlefield 6 listed under Q3.
Battlefield 6 leaks & latest news
First screenshots of Battlefield 6 supposedly leaked – May 3
Two leaked screenshots have surfaced online giving fans the first look at Battlefield 6’s environment. Both images show off a modern setting and one even provides an overhead view of an island-like map.
Although there were rumors that the images were fake, Tom Henderson has come forward and confirmed the leaks are in fact real.
here I made them a bit cleaner and sharper. pic.twitter.com/7A1B2LvxAm— Sian (@Sian92984059) May 1, 2021
Battlefield leaks hint towards faction-based play and no campaign – April 20
It’s been leaked that Battlefield may not include a campaign mode and instead will fully focus on multiplayer. This makes sense in regards to success, as multiplayer is thriving right now, but will be disappointing for those hoping for a fully-fleshed out single-player story experience.
Players are also slated to be able to pick whichever side they want, being able to join either the USA or Russia. This theory indicates all countries could potentially be playable in some regard.
I've not heard there's a campaign.— Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) April 20, 2021
What I originally heard on it was actually the plot. https://t.co/rPgMKAGst8
Robot dogs and “wacky cosmetics” – April 18
The leaker replied to a tweet asking about whether the game will have ‘stupid cosmetics’ – to which he said that while there are wacky cosmetics, they are cool and not at all a “bad thing”.
He also continues to detail that players will be able to have a fully customizable robot pet dog to accompany them within game.
Just due to the nature of the setting – I think expectations should be set that there will be some wacky cosmetics – Which isn't necessarily a bad thing and is actually pretty cool.https://t.co/LEnOZLUAj0 https://t.co/BNXamyYR5H— Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) April 18, 2021
Battlefield 6 may feature extreme weather conditions – April 13
Henderson also shared a hand-drawn image of what the Battlefield 6 map will look like on Twitter. Of course, the picture is only a rough sketch and provides very dew details but it does specify the inclusion of a storm or tornado in the game’s map.
This had led to speculation that Battlefield’s map may feature extreme dynamic weather conditions that affect the gameplay experience throughout a match. While none of this has been confirmed by EA, it’s likely a trailer will drop for the game in the near future.
Rumor suggests Battlefield 6 will be added to Game Pass on day one – April 6
During the XboxEra podcast, @Shpeshal_Ed revealed that he’d heard rumors that Battlefield 6 would be launching straight onto Game Pass. This would be incredibly exciting for a lot of fans who would have usually had to pay full price for the title.
It’s worth noting that neither EA nor Microsft have confirmed that this rumor is true as of yet.
Tom Henderson Battlefield 6 gameplay info leaks – March 29
Back in March Henderson, also claimed knowledge about a whole new slew of info. From the title being set in 2025, through to being able to play the game in co-op mode and use robots, drones, and jets – these are undoubtedly awesome additions if true.
Leaker claims battle royale launching alongside Battlefield 6 – March 28
In a post on the Battlefield 6 subreddit, an individual indicated that someone involved with the game’s development had leaked details, featuring news that a battle royale mode is in fact launching alongside the franchise’s next installment.
According to the leaker’s source, the new BR experience will support up to 128 players, launch with three maps, include the infamous Battlefield destruction mechanics, and will serve as a hub for integrating with past, present, and future Battlefield games.
EA delays Need for Speed to help Battlefield 6 – March 2
EA has opted to delay the upcoming new Need for Speed title for an entire year to help aid the development of Battlefield 6, Criterion Games, developers of the new NFS project, have been shifted to work on the upcoming Battlefield game for the foreseeable future.
New details have surfaced on the upcoming Battlefield game 👀 pic.twitter.com/Qy5lYbRjfF— DEXERTO.COM (@Dexerto) March 29, 2021
No doubt this decision has been made to ensure that Battlefield is shipped on time and doesn’t receive any delays. Although this is great news for Battlefield fans, NFS players will be waiting a long time before the next game in the franchise is released.
When will Battlefield 6 be set?
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 previously suggested that the game may be a soft reboot of Battlefield 3. Again, this aligns with Henderson’s recent leak detailing that DICE is looking to go back to a modern setting and leave the World War 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
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 Henderson also 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 February 2021 earnings call: “[Battlefield 6] will bring massive immersive battles to life with more players than ever before.”
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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.
Will Battlefield 6 be on PS4? Platforms
Battlefield 6 will be releasing on the PlayStation 4/5, Xbox One and Series X/S, and PC. This comes after previous statements focusing heavily on the power of next-gen consoles, which many took to imply no current-gen releases. However, in their May earnings call, CEO Andrew Wilson and CFO Blake Jorgensen spoke about current-gen consoles, stating that Battlefield will be “great on either console,” with Wilson stating: “Battlefield will be available for both current-gen and next-gen…”
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There’s also speculation that Battlefield 6 will arrive on the Xbox Game Pass the day of its release.
“Theory – It indicates to me that it probably won’t and the biggest reason #BATTLEFIELD will come to the Xbox Game Pass on day 1 is to boost up player numbers.”
Battlefield 6 battle royale mode
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.
Henderson has also revealed that DICE was at one point considering making a battle royale title. EA has yet to officially confirm whether or not the mode is coming, but additional insider leaks do claim that the Battlefield BR is very much alive.
New Battlefield 2021 rumors. 👇— Okami (@Okami13_) January 18, 2021
– Reboot heavily influenced by Battlefield 3 and could be titled simply "Battlefield"
– 128 player matches.
– A last gen version is being made by a separate studio.
– Potential BR mode?
Source: https://t.co/c3i9fQ0hgE #Battlefield #BF6 pic.twitter.com/jQ3LBQU7lu
In March 2021, the speculation surrounding the next Battlefield-based BR was reignited when new leaks claimed that a battle royale mode was already confirmed within EA and DICE, and will be launching alongside 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.
Keep checking back often, as we’ll make sure to keep this article up-to-date with all the latest Battlefield 6 release date news, leaks, and updates.
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