Electronic Arts has gotten a lot of flak in recent months, what with the disastrous events surrounding Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot boxes and the subsequent drop in sales and social standing that the company suffered. It goes without saying that some higher-ups at EA would eventually have to get together to discuss plans on where they should move forward, and as it turns out, they recently have. Reports indicate that Electronic Arts' next move is to release yet-another Battlefield title later this year, one that should land just in time for the 2018 holiday season.
As reported by Game Informer, this information came through in a conference call held between EA executives Patrick Soderlund, Andrew Wilson, and Black Jorgensen. The three reportedly felt confident with the recent success of the Battlefield series, citing that Battlefield One, the entry that released in October of 2016, went on to become the biggest game in the series. It makes sense: with the sharp decline in Star Wars Battlefront 2's popularity and the delayed release date of upcoming Bioware title Anthem, the company needs a solid hit, and they likely need it sooner rather than later.
The EA crew also spoke on some other company matters, including the status of Respawn's upcoming Star Wars game as well as the impact of games like PUBG and Fortnite. Wilson reportedly stated that "what PUBG has done is change the level of innovation that changes the way people play first-person shooting games." That said, it seems the team doesn't feel like creating a battle royale mode would be a proper fit for Battlefield; instead, the developer will simply take a closer look at how they can innovate in areas like map design and general gameplay.