New Battlefield game to be announced Friday

Electronic Arts teases upcoming London announcement from Battlefield Heroes outfit Easy Studios.

The Battlefield series has proven popular as of late for publisher Electronic Arts. The most recent entry in the series, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, was well received when it released in February and has sold nearly 6 million units to date.

Now, the publisher is preparing for battle again. Yesterday, Electronic Arts' Ben Cousins took to Twitter to tease an upcoming Battlefield game announcement.

The Battlefield series spawns a new title on Friday.

"Flying to London later today to show a new, unannounced #Battlefield game to the press," he wrote on the social networking site. "News goes public on Friday. (NOT#BF3)" He went on to confirm that the game was also not Battlefield Assault--a title that had been rumored after EA registered a related domain name.

A former executive producer on the Battlefield series, Cousins is currently in charge of EA's Easy Studios. The Stockholm-based shop currently handles browser-based games, such as Battlefield: Heroes, the stylized free-to-play shooter that boasts over 3 million users. It is unclear what platforms the new Battlefield title will release on, but given Cousins' position, it is likely the new title won't be out for consoles.

"#BF3" is the hashtag for Battlefield 3, which will apparently not be unveiled this Friday. EA has been ultraquiet on the shooter after confirming its existence in June 2009, saying only those who purchased Medal of Honor will have access to the Battlefield 3 beta.

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Hatiko
Hatiko

@Dynamo11 Same age! Next time I'll put "spoiler". Not all of this "*" things though. I think the one word will get the point across.

brok
brok

@Dynamo11 Actually the fighters were single seat too, only the recon and bomber planes had more crew. Besides it's not a problem anyway, just do what all the battlefields do and let one guy pilot them. After all, how many would have crewed the Battleship Yamato? In bf1942 you could do it with just one, or up to four. Simple.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

@brok I'd love WW1 but you'd need ALOT more teamwork. 2 player fighter aircraft, co-ordinated artillery and 7 player tanks. I doubt people are that cooperative (I'd give it a go though)

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

@Hatiko 18 actually, it helps if you put ***SPOILERS*** in your comment then I wouldn't have read it.

Hatiko
Hatiko

@Dynamo11 When people are talking about the ending of a game, expect spoilers. Common sense. Especially when I say "last 5 seconds of the game" Calling me "dick"? Are you 15?

brok
brok

@Phil-teh-Pirate Agreed- my second choice would easily be WW1, because it has the scope, variety, and planes that had even MORE crazy dogfights. And aside from what most people think, there was heaps more to the war than just trench warfare that needs to be explored, in hte same way that there was heaps more to WW2 than just what the US did. Have you ever played Codename Eagle? a WW1-esque precursor to battlefield, by the same team. youtube 'codename eagle duel of fates' to see how crazy it could get. Man I'd be stoked just with a remake of that. Decent open world singleplayer, too. And Zeppelins. Can't forget the zeppelins...

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

@Hatiko Thanks for the spoilers.... dick

Hatiko
Hatiko

@iilsSueZ To tell you the truth it really doesn't have to do anything with the main plot. It happens basically in the last 5 seconds of the game then it ends. You don't get to do anything. You don't even get to see anything. You just see a globe and a red wave coming down from Canada. One of the worts cliffhangers ever.

gladin09
gladin09

BF 2142 sequel! cant beat titan battles :)

iiIsSueZ
iiIsSueZ

@Hatiko. I hadn't finished the single player!

wis3boi
wis3boi

Battlefield 1442: Thine colony is being pillaged!

eriktkire
eriktkire

if it's 1943 that would explain why it wouldn't be announced as a console title... it's already been on the 360 for awhile... can't remember if it ever made it to the ps3. Why it was never released for the PC is just a** backwards. Even if it is a more arcadey experience than the original, it's obvious the audience is there for it to sell more on PC than any other platform.

Drottzen
Drottzen

how about releasing 1943 for pc for a starter...

Xizle
Xizle

1942 please! hate bad company...

davek1979
davek1979

Keep your bloody Heroes, Companies and other crap. Give us BF3 !!!

AKmarvinater
AKmarvinater

A remake of 1942 would be amazing, imagine the old maps with the new engine and destructibility. There hasn't been a WW2 game as good as 1942 since it came out and taking the franchise back to its roots would restore my faith in Battlefield.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

@brok This...But I want to see WW1 make its way into gaming history. I'm sick to death of rehashing the same "poignant" scenes, the landings, the explosions, the Nazi menace of WW2. It still has an effect on me, but jeez, its like WW1 never happened in the gaming world. COD: WAW was the last WW2 war game that actually got some interest out of me since MOH European Assault, because it showed me a side I'd never got to experience before - the Russian campaign's were far more interesting to me than any other. Come on EA, take the leap, WW1 plus an English soldier or German for that matter. Show both sides fighting, the exhilaration of fighting for the Allies then the sadness of fighting a losing battle to survive of the Central Powers. The trench warfare locales would be perfect for some epic battles. Just hire me already, lets make this happen.

brok
brok

If it's not a remake of 1942, I'm not interested- seriously, WW2 was MADE for battlefield, with the greatest variety of weapons/vehicles/nations/locations of any of the BF games. 1942 also remains by far the best balanced, most stable, and largest scale BF game to date. That game actually has BATTLES rather than tiny urban skirmishes. Besides, if the next Battlefield doesn't have submarines, battleships, planes you can actually dogfight with, 64 player matches and bots...well it just falls short of 1942's standard like the rest of 'em. Back to WW2 please, battlefield, and get rid of your COD-corridor singleplayer. That's throwing BF's main appeal out the window...

Hellknite190
Hellknite190

I would rather they finished bad company 2: vietnam before they do anything else.

LordRaymond
LordRaymond

Battlefield Vietnam 2? Lol or is it Battlefield of Honor.

organbank
organbank

wow another generic shooter AWESOME. And you wonder why EA profits are down. Keep it up EA hopefully you will go belly up.

acsam12304
acsam12304

@stakex007 Battle Field 2 was the first Battle Field game to go to console. BUT! DICE made 2 versions of game the PC was totally diffrent then the PS2 and X-box versions. making the PC version the better version out of the 2. if the new BF game coming out is BF3 i hope its PC only or at least make a PC version and a different version for the consoles.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

Battlefield 3 would be flat out awesome.

OGKNav
OGKNav

Sure is EA in here.

groowagon
groowagon

it's propably something casual like Heroes and 1943, since it's not gonna be BF3.... i doubt it would be BC3 this soon either.

doolindesperado
doolindesperado

I hope it's bad company 3. I want to know whats next for preston and crew.

Rob_101
Rob_101

Give us Battlefield 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rhino53
Rhino53

Wait.... Is that guy in the picture wearing a skirt?

Pete5506
Pete5506

Great news, heres hoping for Battlefield 3

stakex007
stakex007

@Senor_Kami - Theres a big difference to be honest between the BF and COD series in terms of quick turn around. On the PC it was nearly 4 years between major Battlefield releases (BF: 2142 and Bad Comapny 2). As for the console, bad Comapny was the first console BF if I recall correctly and there was nearly 2 years between its release, and the release of BC2. So thats clearly a lot less major releases then COD which had 2 console, and 4 PC releases in the same time. There are also the small, side games that are not major releases... which are BF: 1943 and Heros. 1942 was not a full price game, and Heros was actually free to play. So clearly BF and COD are not even close in game turn around. Yes, BF3 is out there right now as the future BF game... but its not even in beta and probably won't see release until AT LEAST late next year or even 2012. And this new game might simply be another browser based game or totally different style BF game. Either way its way too early to compare BF to COD in amount of games released per year. Im not specificly defending Battlefield btw. I hate game series like COD that just love to sell you the same game for 5 years before they actually make a serious change as much as the next guy.... but the BF series does not do that and thus should not be compared to such games.

benboz
benboz

I hope it is going to be a good game.

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

So how many Battlefield games is this going to be in one year? Everyone complains about 1 CoD per year but it seems like EA properties get a free pass.

DaTa9192
DaTa9192

started with a ww2 setting, then a modern setting, then a futuristic setting.... Maybe now we have a battle in SPACE! woooot.. fight with lightsabers and lazahs and pwe pew pew pew

wis3boi
wis3boi

hope its a big title for PC. BC2 was big, and its amazing fun, but it was more of an offshoot of classic BF. Stick 1942 on Frostbite, it'll be win. Or even a new 2142 on Frostbite. Mmm, walkers with physics :)

Agent_StarFire
Agent_StarFire

well we already have bf 3 comeing so there isnt really anything more i can wish for ill be intrested to see what this turns out to be

erix43
erix43

I want a race war game...

DarkBox360
DarkBox360

I will take Battlefield or any other class based shooter over Call of Duty anyday.

grove12345
grove12345

God i hope its WW2 and uses destructive environment. No one is doing WW2 now. And while i was a fan of BF and its 64 players. BC showed that even 24 players is fun. But since theres BC 2 and BF 3 im eager to hear what it is. BF 1943 was a pretty fun game. Actually prefer the 24 player mode over the 1942 64 player mode. Well really 32 would be more ideal. But felt like the devs went out of their way so people will stop playing 1943 after a few weeks. No new maps, no additional guns. 3 maps,3 guns, 3 classes. Thats it.

RexHoles
RexHoles

How about a Battlefield specifically for the PC that shows what a high-end PC can do with more than 32 players and large maps, basically a non-console port would be nice.

Accuracy158
Accuracy158

Another yearly game??? Feels like they are using this franchise to make quick money. Then again who isn't anymore?

volume_three
volume_three

I wouldn't mind a remake of Vietnam but doubt it'll happen with Bad Company 2's upcoming expansion :(

PCbadjer
PCbadjer

Remake the complete Battlefield 2 experience with destructible environments, cutting edge graphics, and 256 players online lag free and I'll be there. Oh yeah, don't forget the prone position this time jerks.

Crumblet
Crumblet

FPS need to be very impressive nowadays for me to buy 'em. The market has become so flooded the past few years.

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

I was hoping this was going to be an announcement Battlefield was returning to the days of BF2 and making a proper Battlefield 3 - lots of classes, lots of guns, lots of choice Not cartoony restricted to the 3 classes

juden41
juden41

Don't make it cartoony, please.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

1943 Medal of honor heroes bad company battlefield dice..

TheClown24
TheClown24

Im hoping for a new WW2/Vietname game, I mean I know there was 1943 but that supported what, 24 players and had 3 maps? I want another 1942 where you no longer just had planes and tanks, you had battleships and submarines, planes with 7 seats, and all that sort of stuff