The Next Battlefield May Go Back To its Single-Player Campaign Roots
Mike Sanders / 1 year ago
Leading up to the release of Battlefield 2042, I was more than hopeful that this would represent a long-overdue return to the form for the much-beleaguered first-person shooter. Within 5 minutes of playing the beta though, I quickly discovered that this was likely set to be the latest turd EA was preparing to shart onto the market. – Why? Well, how about the fact that I managed to (not deliberately I might add) clip through the planet and ended up stuck under the map with no means of escape! – Yes, beta is beta, but let’s be honest, for EA, alpha is called beta and beta is called release condition.
Overall, Battlefield 2042 was crap. A factor clearly represented in the fact that over on Metacritic, it only has a user score of 2.0 out of 10. – Following a report via Kotaku, however, sources reportedly close to EA are saying that for the next release in the franchise, they might be planning to take the game back to its roots. Namely, with a key focus being put back on a single-player campaign.
Battlefield Heading Back to Its Single-Player Roots
Now the next Battlefield title (whatever it may be called) will, of course, still have a multiplayer game mode. That’s a given. It seems, however, that EA has decided to make what I consider to be an exceptionally smart move in its development. Put simply, it seems that the next Battlefield title is going to see a huge emphasis placed on its single-player campaign mode.
We’re all in on the future of Battlefield! We’re continuing to support #BF2042, and welcome our new studio, @RidgelineGames, who will be focusing on a narrative campaign.— Battlefield (@Battlefield) September 8, 2022
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Why is this a good idea? Well, if you can get the single-player running well with a nice balanced game design, this can (typically speaking) be easily translated into a multiplayer mode. The hard work has already been done, all you need to do is make some multiplayer maps. – It’s a move that Call of Duty has done for many years and often with great success. Battlefield, on the other hand, has barely seen any single-player modes in its titles over the last 10 years and those few that did have one were generally pretty poor (likely due to a lack of effort with too much emphasis being placed on the multiplayer).
What Do We Think?
For me, the last really great title from the franchise was Battlefield 3. Its multiplayer was solid and I’m undoubtedly certain that this is why its multiplayer was equally decent. – For me though, EA simply has to get this next one right. The goodwill from the Battlefield community is hanging by a thread and one more shoddy unfinished release could easily see it put to bed for good.
For the moment though, please EA, give us a Bad Company 2 Remake!
What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!