EA have confirmed that a new Battlefield game will be coming in Fall 2018, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. The company also confirmed Kotaku’s report earlier in the week that rumoured that Anthem had been pushed back to 2019. Battlefield will now take the slot reserved for Anthem but EA are not calling this a delay: “It’s not a delay” said EA’s Finance Chief Blake Jorgensen adding “people are trying to create a story”.

This is of course in reference to Jason Schreier’s article which suggested Anthem was in development trouble. Schreier has responded to EA’s comments stating “We didn’t report that the change was due to development being behind schedule”.

Some more news came out of EA’s recent earnings call in regards to 2 of their Star Wars projects. Respawn’s third person Star Wars game is set for release sometime between April 2019 and March 2020, which means we won’t be seeing a new Battlefront game anytime soon.

This news will come as a surprise to no-one given the turbulent release of Star Wars Battlefront II late last year. The game reportedly sold under expectations (by around 1 million units) after the removal of its microtransaction systems which are due to make a comeback in the near future.

It has been a rocky couple of years for EA with the company doubling down on microtransactions and games as a service. It was reported by Polygon earlier this week that none other than Microsoft are looking to bolster their exclusive line-up by acquiring EA, sources close to the company let slip.

It’s anybody’s guess as to where the Battlefield series will go next but after the rampant success of Battlefield 1 it would seem likely that they stick to trench warfare rather than going into the future. Stay tuned for further details on all things EA and read our review of Battlefront II here.

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