During yesterday’s earnings call for the 4th quarter of 2022 (via Motley Fool), Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson spoke about the state of the Battlefield franchise, which has suffered since its release in 2042.
Wilson noted that the whole development process is being rethought by Vince Zampela, who was appointed head of the Battlefield franchise (still retaining his position at Respawn Entertainment) in December this year. The CEO of EA has also pledged to fix Battlefield 2042 with the help of the community.
Again, we have been considering here for a long time. This is one of the great franchises in our industry, created by one of the great teams in our industry. And we expect that we will continue to grow and be a really important part of our portfolio for many, many years to come.
We now have incredible leadership over this team. They rethink the development process from scratch and really use the Vince Zampela / Respawn model to get to the fun as quickly as possible. They’ve done thousands of updates for the community, working on quality of life and really getting the main game. I think we still have work to do and the team is committed to doing that work for the community.
And besides, once we get to a place where we feel like we’re in the right place with the main experience and the main game, then you have to expect that we’ll invest and evolve further than the game is now.
Battlefield 2042 recently received update 4.0which added voice chat (for parties and detachments), updated the dashboard user interface, and revised the behavior of multiple weapon attachments.
Recently there was a rumor about Launch Battlefield 2042 and FIFA 22 on EA Play and Xbox Game Passbut so far only the football game has materialized there.