Is Battlefield V Doomed?

At the hands of EA, many great game studios and franchises have been strangled to death. More than ever, the future of Battlefield is in serious jeopardy. While there is no shortage of controversy surrounding DICE’s latest entry in the well known shooter series Battlefield, EA Games has also been experiencing lower approval ratings than ever with the gaming community. Adding to the staleness of an aging genre that rarely hits its mark without issues, 2018 is a blockbuster year full of titles like Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, Fallout 76, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and staunch competition from Black Ops 4.

One red flag has been the downfall of Patrick Söderlund who originally took the helm of CEO at DICE and VP to EA’s Worldwide Studios after salvaging the Battlefield brand while the original DICE staff quietly left the studio. Söderlund drew ire from the gaming community when he made the remark that critics of Battlefield V’s unrealistic style (focused on cosmetic mictrotransactions and “inclusivity”) were “uneducated” and told fans “either accept it or don’t buy the game” leading to a massive trolling campaign in which gamers commented things like “Unfortunately I can’t purchase the game due to [being uneducated]”.

Battlefield V’s pre-order numbers were later reported by Wall Street Journal as being so low that insiders at dice are expecting another Titanfall 2 situation in which EA will escape admitting fault once again by blaming other large titles for stealing the spotlight rather than their own failures in marketing. Patrick Söderlund ended up quitting EA / DICE in August 2018 after collecting over $50 million USD in pay for the past 4 years alone. This came just one month after Blake Jorgensen (COO & CFO at EA Games) had dumped another $1.5 million USD of EA Games stock shares.

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Just for context, Battlefield 4 was a very popular title that suffered from tons of launch problems and needed massive overhauls from the programming team at DICE in order to run without crashing. It took almost a year to get BF4 stable. Battlefield: Hardline is looked at largely as recycled BF4 assets with a mediocre quality production of new game modes, admittedly unusual for the series – but feeling too bland in the end.

Battlefield 1 is the game which made a huge comeback for the series, bringing in over 25 million players, but without the original DICE team (which left the studio during the final stages of Battlefield 3 largely due to disagreements with EA on how to take the series forward, especially on being forced to make console versions of a PC optimized game).

There’s more than one reason why BFV pre-orders are low. I’ve been a fan of Battlefield since 1942 in the PC Gaming golden age. The confidence just isn’t there for consumers with the Battlefield series anymore.

Update: Since our last EA Stock Market article, the value of EA Games has slid another 4 points on the NASDAQ exchange, marking the lowest point of its shareholder return thus far for 2018.

[Some Info Sourced: Bing Stocks (MSN) via Morningstar]

19 thoughts on “Is Battlefield V Doomed?”

  1. I’ll be buying Red Dead 2 and following it up with buying BFV. I enjoy BF games much more than CoD, but they’re entirely different games. I love playing Conquest.

  2. What crazy times we live in where simply giving people the option to play as a female character would destroy a whole franchise.

    1. People that are upset about women in BFV are dumb. EA would rather have you complain about dumbass shit like that instead of the REAL ISSUES with BFV and the recent BF games. BF4 was literally broken day one and washed fixed until a year later. BF Hardline was a lazy cash grab that helped kill Visercal Games. BF1 is a good game but not a real WW1 game, BFV is very very similar to BF1 because of this!

    2. There’s a lot more going on than just that situation. EA has numerous failures with consumer relations in the past few years alone. Battlefield 4 didn’t run properly for over a year. The original DICE team no longer works there since BF3, and even execs and creative leads are leaving EA’s various studios in droves.

      1. People that are upset about women in BFV are dumb EA would rather have you complain about dumbass shit like that the REAL ISSUES with BFV and the recent BF games. BF4 was literally broken day one and washed fixed until a year later. BF Hardline was a lazy cash grab that helped kill Visercal Games. BF1 is a good game but not a real WW1 game, BFV is very very similar to BF1 because of this

        but its a separate fuckin mode
        why remove it from both
        idiots.

        Probably some excuse like “to keep parity between the entire game” it’s just going to increase the sniper meta in the game and make it even easier for people which will hurt the core of the series, 32v32 multiplayer

        Since Cod4 and Halo 3 we’ve had way too many shooters ugh sad because I love FPS and TPS

      1. @Sickntired

        Probably not, EA Sports isn’t going anywhere, but maybe the rest of EA will

        The only time they actually work on these sports titles at this point is when they have to make a new first game for the console generation. So they can make cheap sports titles forever that’ll always sell and as long as sports are popular.

  3. I hate to say it, because I’ve looked forward to playing with my group of Battlefield buds but I’m just not looking forward to this game at all. And I’ve loved the series since Battlefield 2.

    I don’t want to revisit WW2, I don’t want micro transactions, I don’t want an incomplete game at launch, I don’t want prosthetic hook arms, I don’t want to be limited to a 4 man squad when there’s regularly 5 or more of my squad mates on at a time.

    It breaks my heart because I want to be excited for this game and I’m not. I don’t think there’s anything they can do at this point to change that.

  4. Its not a bad game but its being shitted on by idiotic devs who are either idiots or feminists and theres the so called MGTOW fags who cringe at the sight of a pair of tits and nice ass. Sad

  5. I had bought CoD, so Im sorry to EA, the game may not be bad but I just have much more money because of the upcoming red dead 2. the Red Dead 2 is exceeding great, I just can’t wait for its release.

  6. I agree with this article. People are not really sure about Battlefield anymore and being an EA game doesn’t help either.

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