A pair of rumors about two of the biggest shooter franchises out there have been making the rounds the past few days. We don't usually like to give too much credence to such claims, even when they come from reputable reporters -- plans can change, even if that reporter's source is given them accurate info at the time -- but we thought this information was important enough to be worth commenting on.
Freelance reporter Tom Henderson has sources at Activision that say that Battlefield 2042 will be going free-to-play, in some form, in the future. That won't happen "in the next couple of weeks," he said, believing that "offering a portion of Portal [for free] seems to be the best bet."
EA is reportedly very disappointed with how Battlefield 2042 has performed and is "looking at all the options" when it comes to the title, this is including looking at Free to Play in some capacity.
I'll have more on this tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/WWuDpstyqS
— Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) January 20, 2022
Electronic Arts hinted at some portion of BF2042 being free-to-play while it was still in development, and the game's poor reception would make such a move unsurprising.
Henderson also has eyes on Activision and the Call of Duty franchise, which he said will include a sequel to Call of Duty: Warzone in 2023.
Warzone 2 is literally that... Warzone 2.
Current gen and PC only... No past weapon integrations etc.
A completely new game for the better hardware.
— Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) January 25, 2022
Bloomberg's Jason Schreier backed up that claim. Both also said that a new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare title is in the works for this year, while noting that Activision -- which was recently purchased by Microsoft -- is still committed to putting its CoD titles on Sony's PlayStation for the next two years. Schreier said that plans are "hazier for the Call of Duty games further out," but they might include spacing out releases and breaking from the typical every-year cycle for the series.
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