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Battlefield 6 is launching this year: Here's everything you need to know about the "the next vision of Battlefield"

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EA's shooter series returns with the tentatively titled Battlefield 6. While EA has been a little coy about showing us what's next for the FPS, there have been plenty of leaks and rumors to whet our warmongering appetites. 

Battlefield 6 fans are hoping to see a return of the modern combat, huge, deliciously destructible environments, and serious scale that made the series such a success. The game is due to launch on consoles and PC at the end of 2021, so we're almost certain to see a lot of it at E3 2021 in June. Until then, here's everything we know about the next installment of DICE's shooter series. 

The Battlefield 6 release date is Fall 2021

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Speaking in a recent investor call, Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson confirmed that Battlefield 6 would be releasing this Holiday, promising to take "full advantage of the power of next-generation platforms to bring massive and immersive battles to life with more players than ever."

"Featuring maps with unprecedented scale, the next vision of Battlefield takes all the destruction, player agency, and vehicle and weapon combat that the franchise is known for and elevates it to another level," continued Wilson. "The team is focused, and the game is ahead of our internal milestones."

Better yet, a full reveal for the sequel is expected this Spring, meaning it won't be too many more weeks until we learn the setting, scope, and hopefully specific Battlefield 6 release date...

Battlefield 6 will launch on PS5, Xbox Series X, PC, though the jury's still out on last-gen

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In a follow-up statement to GameSpot, EA also stated that Battlefield 6 will be "targeting new innovation that will be enabled by next-gen platforms", confirming previous assumptions that the game will run on PS5 and Xbox Series X, in addition to PC. 

"Bringing out Battlefield [in 2020], where the new console base is fairly small, doesn't really give justice to the potential of the title, and so that's part of our driver in moving the title into fiscal 22," the EA spokesperson said.

What's less clear is whether Battlefield 6 can also be expected to release on current-gen consoles, the PS4 and Xbox One, in addition to their successors, as DICE's plan to exploit the hardware of Microsoft and Sony's incoming platforms suggests it may forgo a cross-gen release entirely. 

For reference, Battlefield 4 was a launch title for PS4 and Xbox One in 2013, but also released on PS3 and Xbox 360, while EA has already revealed plans to allow users to upgrade their games from current-gen to next-gen versions for free, so there's still hope yet for those who aren't making the jump to PS5 or Xbox Series X anytime soon. 

The first Battlefield 6 trailer promises a true next-gen Battlefield

Battlefield 6 got a brief mention at Electronic Arts' EA Play event earlier this year, where the publisher's chief studios officer Laura Miele promised that DICE is "creating epic battles at a scale and fidelity unlike anything you've experienced before" in its next iteration of the Battlefield franchise. 

The promise also came with pre-alpha snippets of "work in progress" footage, showing Battlefield 6's new facial animation tech in action, alongside a sneak peek at hundreds of soldiers running into battle. It suggests the game will be utilising the next-gen tech to raise the stakes like never before, though nothing was revealed of its setting or story. 

The Battlefield 6 setting remains a mystery

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After heading back in time to both World Wars with Battlefield 1 and Battlefield 5 respectively, it's unclear where DICE plans to take the series next for Battlefield 6. Given the huge popularity of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, a return to a present-day setting seems plausible, though less explored territories like Vietnam or the Yugoslav Wars are potential options too. 

Of course, there remains a strong appetite for another entry in the Battlefield: Bad Company series, with 2010's Bad Company 2 continuing to remain at the top of list of best Battlefield games for most veteran players. DICE has expressed tepid interest in returning to that backdrop in the future, and some rumours have suggested it is indeed working on a full-blown sequel for next-gen consoles. One can only hope and dream for now, but never say never…

Battlefield 6 may include a free-to-play battle royale mode, battle pass, and more

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A recent video from noted Battlefield leaker Tom Henderson claims that Battlefield 6 will include a free-to-play successor to Firestorm, the battle royale mode that launched as an update to Battlefield 5 back in 2019. 

In addition, Henderson suggests that DICE's shooter sequel will include a Battle Pass progression system and improved destructibility, where "every single building can be destroyed in some capacity." Say buh-bye to your precious sniper cover, basically. 

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