We were talking to you about it quickly this morning by relaying the comments made by Andrew Wilson about the future of the Battlefield franchise. Despite the difficulties experienced by the latter for almost a year with the release of Battlefield 2042, the leaders of Electronic Arts remain confident for the future, in particular by observing the situation of Activision Blizzard with the takeover by Xbox.
The Activision Blizzard takeover is viewed favorably by EA for a specific reason
The record transaction concluded between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard has left no player in the video game industry indifferent since last January. If validated, this takeover will move many lines in the sector and some groups will find more or less their account.
While Sony takes a very dim view of the creation of this colossal group, Electronic Arts sees it as a specific opportunity to revive the FPS sector even more. Indeed, many corridor noises evoke the idea that Call of Duty becomes an exclusive Xbox and PC since Microsoft would have the full possibility.
Call of Duty should not leave Sony consoles anytime soon if this were to happen and Phil Spencer has already explained that it was not his wish, himself wanting to make available as many games as possible to as many players as possible. Nonetheless, Andrew Wilson sees this eventuality as a great opportunity for EA and DICE to get the Battlefield franchise back on track over the next few years.
“We have incredible ambitions to own the FPS market, especially when it comes to creation. And in a world where there are questions about the future of Call of Duty and what platforms it might or might not be on, being agnostic and completely cross-platform with Battlefield, I think that’s a huge opportunity. »
It is clear that if Call of Duty were to leave Sony platforms in a few years, this would leave the field open to EA to offer a AAA FPS worthy of the name available on all platforms, not to mention the democratization of games. in crossplay.
Call of Duty and Battlefield are two historical competitors in the FPS sector, each offering a different formula and vision of this category still popular with millions of players. It remains to be seen what will become of Call of Duty and how Battlefield can manage to once again become a serious competitor for the license of Activision.
In the meantime, DICE is still looking to raise the bar for Battlefield 2042 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II as well as Call of Duty: Warzone 2 will both be released on the usual platforms, benefiting from a contract including some exclusives to Sony players.