EA's CEO Confirms That Battlefield 2042 Will Include Some Free Component

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor August 5, 2021
Share:

It's looking more and more like Battlefield 2042 will include some kind of free-to-play element. We first got a hint of that when the game was revealed in June, and in Electronic Arts' most recent investors' call, CEO Andrew Wilson seemed to confirm that some sort of free experience would be coming to this year's iteration of the mega-popular series.

In discussing Hazard Zone, the third of the title's "gameplay pillars," Wilson said that it "really forms the foundation for what we believe the future of a live service around Battlefield is, which over time will include a mobile launch, will include some free-to-anchor components." That comes from the transcript of the call but might be a slight error; other sources, which were probably listening in to the call live, used "free-to-enter" instead of "free-to-anchor," which makes more sense.

Remember that Hazard Zone was explicitly stated to not be a battle royale, so if it is the free-to-play experience inside BF2042, that throws things for a bit of a loop, as it would represent a departure from Battlefield's closest competitor, Call of Duty, with its Warzone mode. Then again, EA already has a very popular F2P battle royale under its banner, Apex Legends, so it's conceivable that the company doesn't want to directly compete with itself.

As for the other rumor regarding an EA title going free-to-play: Wilson was asked about Konami's eFootball going free-to-play and whether that would impact EA -- notably FIFA -- at all. Naturally, he offered no definitive answer, saying that they're "very closely cognizant of what competition is doing" and re-iterating his company's commitment "to our player base and delivering the most comprehensive, broad-based, authentic football game on the planet." And also delivering to them as many Ultimate Team packs as possible.

Share:
Got a news tip? Contact us directly here!

About the Author

Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (0)


You May Enjoy

Enjoy This New Trailer Before World Of Warcraft’s Dragonflight Launch

Enjoy This New Trailer Before World Of Warcraft’s Dragonflight Launch

Only a week left to go, now.

By QuintLyn Bowers - 5 days ago
Epic Alleges Google Paid Activision $360 Million To Not Launch Competitor Mobile App Store, Activision Claims "Nonsense"

Epic Alleges Google Paid Activision $360 Million To Not Launch Competitor Mobile App Store, Activision Claims "Nonsense"

Epic says "Project Hug" is Google's anti-trust project, Google claims it fosters development and competition.

By Michael Byrne - 1 week ago
Red Beard Games Drops Launch Trailer For Smite-Themed Platform Fighter Divine Knockout

Red Beard Games Drops Launch Trailer For Smite-Themed Platform Fighter Divine Knockout

Like Smite, DKO gives a third-person spin to its genre.

By QuintLyn Bowers - 4 days ago
Game Design Spotlight #16: Lost Ark's Cinematic Cutscenes Unveils Zone Depth While Staying Cohesive

💣 Feature | Game Design Spotlight #16: Lost Ark's Cinematic Cutscenes Unveils Zone Depth While Staying Cohesive

The isometric perspective does more for the game's cutscenes and zones than you think.

By Anthony Jones - 4 days ago
FTC Likely To File Lawsuit Challenging Microsoft's Acti-Blizz Deal "As Soon As Next Month"

FTC Likely To File Lawsuit Challenging Microsoft's Acti-Blizz Deal "As Soon As Next Month"

The FTC is concerned about the future leverage Microsoft could have with unannounced titles to "boost its gaming business."

By Anthony Jones - 3 days ago
Pantheon’s Latest Parting The Veil Live Video Discusses The Game’s Past Compared To Where It’s At Now

Pantheon’s Latest Parting The Veil Live Video Discusses The Game’s Past Compared To Where It’s At Now

It’s kind of an ongoing development deep dive.

By QuintLyn Bowers - 1 week ago