On Twitter, Battlefield’s official account tweeted this yesterday and won’t stop talking about the Battlefield Premiere coming up on May 6th:
— Battlefield (@Battlefield) April 29, 2016
Obviously, it is a hint to the next Battlefield game. They always announce the next game around this time, and the same holds true for the majority of games coming out this holiday season. Developers either announce them like DICE is announcing Battlefield on a Twitch premiere stream, through a press release, or through that year’s E3 game convention, when games releasing soon are announced or new technology is being featured.
With this World Premiere coming up, I wanted to write a piece on what I want to see from Battlefield. Sure, it will be too late for DICE to change any of their core concepts out at this point in time, but since we do not yet know what will be on the game, fans of the franchise can only wish.
Anything to do with Bad Company
It goes without saying, the sub-series Bad Company was so incredibly good. Bad Company 2 was and still is my favorite Battlefield game of all time. The destructible environment, the sassy characters coming out of the campaign, the weapon choices, and the map selections were all done perfectly.
For a game that came out in 2010, six whole years ago, the graphics and texture quality are still amazing to this day. I have logged on over 300 hours personally on the game back when I used to play on the XPS from Mysteryblock Review’s budget PCs post. Since then I have gave that computer away to a friend and bought a better, more powerful machine. Even though this new one is better, I still find myself hopping back on BC2 every once in a while, using graphical mods that change up the texture and update the game. The community there is still surprisingly active and just goes to show how much fans really want DICE to revisit this series.
If this was a Bad Company game, whether that be a remake of the second iteration or simply a whole new BC game, I think all Battlefield fans will be so grateful and DICE and EA will be considered redeemed for the huge disaster at release date for Battlefield 4. Aside: see bottom for outstanding display of building destruction on PC.
A World War 2 game
Scratch that. I would restate it as “a proper World War game that has different weapon varieties while incorporating the epic Battlefield environmental destruction DICE is known for.”
That is what fans really want. We have taken trips over to the future far too many times. This Gamespot forum post is proof of what fans want, not just from Battlefield but speaking on the entire FPS area as a whole. Out of all the people polled, nearly 80% of them think we have too many future or sci-fi related first person shooters. Keep in mind that this post was published a year and a half ago. Since then Advanced Warfare has released, Black Ops III has released (still with double jumping and electric guns), Doom will be released, and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will be released in another six or so months.
I do not remember the last WW2 FPS game I played that was stellar. It has been way too long and I feel like the fans deserve this genre to be remastered, complete with modern technology like destructible objects, huge maps, and the like. DICE, if you are reading this, we love older war games. Bring those classic weapons back and let us revisit the settings using your Frostbite 3 engine.
Maybe a World War 1 Game
I said maybe. Let the developer team get a little creative with this. One idea I saw floating around was an alternate timeline for the events that happened in WW1. We have the same type of weapons, maybe a bit more modern so we are not taking more than 5 seconds to reload. The environment is similar, and all the strategies remain the same. Plotlines can twist a bit.
I would love to see the folks handling Battlefield take a hand at this. Sure, their campaign-management skills are not the best, but they sure have a way with making great environments for us to play around in. Weapons are a staple in the franchise, too, so I would love to see what would happen if we had to struggle a little bit. Add in strategic items like tear gas and we might be looking at a very interesting game here.
The Next Battlefield
Regardless of what the actual game might be, I will be preordering. Yes, I have fandom for DICE Entertainment and the Battlefield franchise (I even preordered the Battlefield: Hardline spinoff game…) This might be seen as bad practice, considering we do not even know what the game is, but I have faith in the dev team. Also, this is not anything like Hardline, especially when looking at some of the things they are teasing like Battlefield 2142 soundtracks and videos on their Twitter feed.
I really hope some of our dreams come true and I anticipate at least one of them will be on point. DICE has been really fan-friendly lately, as shown in their consistent updates to the BF4 game. Though it was released when the PS4 launched a few years back, they have not been hesitant to keep the game fresh by providing community events and giving us free maps.
Mark May 6th on your calendars everyone! News on the next BF game is ready.
A small reminder of why Battlefield: Bad Company was so great. Pay attention to the physics, particle rendering, and just sheer destruction in the gameplay. Reimagine that with the elite Frostbite 3 engine and we are looking at something golden here. Just how the entire building drops after a few hits is mind-boggling. The game is old but still has advanced in-game mechanics.