Battlefield Mobile, the next free-to-play spin-off in Dice’s multiplayer FPS series, could be released as early as the end of this year, EA has revealed.
Speaking during the publisher’s latest quarterly earnings call, EA CEO Andrew Wilson was asked about the status of Battlefield Mobile. He said he expects the handheld shooter to be released later this year if beta testing goes as planned.
“Right now I think we’re looking at doing further testing at the end of May and then, subject to the metrics and the data that we see and the commitment that we see, we might be looking at towards the end of this year. , early next year, for a global launch,” Wilson said.
“Remember that in mobile it really comes down to tuning and balancing once we enter this closed beta phase.”
Wilson added that launching the game in the next fiscal year, i.e. before the end of March 2023, could be a boon for the publisher. However, the team is keen not to rush the game.
“We want to give ourselves the opportunity to make sure the game has all the soft launch and closed beta it needs to adjust and balance out,” he said.
“But after playing the game, I can tell you that we are excited about the potential.”
It’s been a while since we’ve heard of Battlefield Mobile. The game was officially revealed by series creator Dice in April 2021, alongside a tentative release date of 2022. Since then, EA has kept quiet about the game’s development and given very few updates. Although it rolled out some early playtests, they were only available in certain countries, including Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand.
EA previously described the upcoming spin-off as a “standalone game” that was “designed specifically for the mobile platform.” As you’d expect, the game will be free-to-play but monetized with its own battle pass, collectible cosmetics, and unlockables. It will also be compatible with Android and iOS devices
Wilson’s insistence that Battlefield Mobile will need to be rigorously tested before release will be good news for fans of the series. Battlefield 2042 has received a remarkably hostile reception since it dropped late last year, with fans criticizing its persistent tech bugs and lack of content.
In the same earnings call, EA reiterated its plans to improve Battlefield 2042 for the long term by rethinking its development from the ground up. The team will need to make major changes if they are to recoup their disappointed player base.