What would you do for the next Battlefield?

The evening Inbox is struggling to feel bad about EA’s latest financial results, as one reader explains why he pre-ordered Metro Exodus.

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Yearly schedule

I don’t know about BioWare, it’s DICE I’d be worrying about in terms of who’s next for the EA chopping blocking. That’s two failures in a row now and while I’m sure they’ll argue it’s not their fault I can’t imagine some EA exec admitting it’s theirs. But if this means there’s a two or three year gap between new Battlefield games I’d be totally okay with that. Yearly sequels are the worst usually and they don’t really make sense for something like Battlefield where there’s only really two or three settings they ever deal with and you might as well just keep improving on those.

FIFA makes even less sense for yearly sequels, if you ask me, because nothing ever changes anyway. I know people buy it anyway, and that’s why they do it, but maybe this slowdown in sales shows that people are beginning to see what a rip-off it is.

I don’t want to see EA, or any company, go down though. There are so many hundreds of jobs involved that have nothing to do with the bad decisions and even the worse publisher makes a good game sometimes. But I think it should be a long break before we see Battlefield 6 and when that inevitably returns to the modern day, as I think it should, I hope it stays there for a good while before they ever think of more.
Cranston

 



Schadenfreude arts

Can’t say I’m too upset to see EA struggling over Christmas. To my mind they are easily the worst publishers, not so much in terms of games (although they’re not great) but the horrible way they treat both their customers and their developers. The only concern I have is that they’ll take all the sexist backlash against Battlefield V to be one of the reasons for its failure.

They seem to be being more sensible than that though. Even if it’s a mystery to me why they ever though it was better to prioritise a story campaign nobody wanted over a battle royale mode that would’ve been ahead of the curve at the time. I assume there must be some bean-counting reason for it, like there always is.

The biggest mystery is how they haven’t managed to upset Disney with the way they’ve handled Star Wars so far. But that seems to be how it is with every big business: never punished for their mistakes and never really admitting them either.
Dreamdog

 



Final Sci-Fi

An interesting comment here from the director of Final Fantasy XIV, who says that the next mainline game should be more fantasy based and have no mecha and less machines. That’s already probably the most interested I’ve been in a Final Fantasy game in years. I don’t know why the sci-fi setting became so dominant as that was one of the main reasons I hated XIII and XV so much.

He says it’s only his personal opinion, so not an official annoucement or anything, but after his work on turning XIV around I think he’s a bit of a golden boy at the moment and will hopefully be in charge of the next game. I just hope he can sort out some proper, likeable, characters as well because XV was a washout on that front as well, as far as I’m concerned.

I’ve no idea when we’d actually see a new game but I assume it’s not going to be any time soon and probably not this generation. But it would be nice to start the new generation with a Final Fantasy game and not a Final Sci-Fi.
Gort

 

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Successful formula

Surprised to see Apex Legends doing quite as well as it is, as I found it very bland and derivative almost from the main menu. You can’t complain, because it’s free, but it does make me wonder what the difference is between a successful and unsuccessful free-to-play game. Assuming it has at least a baseline of quality it seems to me that being as ordinary and generic looking as possible is part of the appeal.

Then you’re not scaring anyone off because it’s just ordinary people running around with guns, as opposed to the sci-fi weirdness of Warframe or the more fantastic Paladins.

If that is the formula then I guess Apex Legends follows it perfectly: nothing weird, relatively normal people running around firing guns, and non-descript art style. Perhaps it’ll get more interesting with time, because Fortnite certainly never used to be as wacky as it is now, but at the moment the reasons for its success are why I’m not interested.
Goshin

 



Disqualified votes

I haven’t played Resident Evil 2 yet; however, all this talk about the game being a contender for game of the year 2019 and it’s only just the beginning of February – is this even possible, what with your ruling towards remakes, GC?

I mean, I know it’s been built from the ground up and has changed in almost every way regarding the original release back in 1998, but it’s still classed as a remake isn’t it?
JAH

GC: It won’t qualify for our top 20, but it will for the readers’ one.

 



Single-player mostly

I wonder whatever happened to the rumours of a Splinter Cell reboot? They seemed pretty definite before E3 last year and yet nothing’s ever happened since. I hope Ubisoft hasn’t given up on single-player only (single-player mostly?) games just because the multiplayer ones are so lucrative. Although I suppose just by saying that answers my own question really.

I expect Sam Fisher will return at some point, but I think it’s inevitably it’s going to be part of some sort of open world game. Or maybe an online shooter like Rainbow Six, where he’s just one of the characters.

Thinking about it, isn’t it a little odd he’s not turned up in any of the other Tom Clancy games? He’s easily the most (only?) famous character in them and yet I don’t think there was ever really a crossover. Maybe there’s a skin in Rainbow Six Siege that I don’t know about?
Preston

 



Ensuring accessibility

RE: Mitchell. I’m really glad you found my Smash Bros. tips feature useful. I’ve always thought it’s important to make games as accessible as possible for newcomers and am happy to do what I can to help.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is such a wonderful game and everyone should have to chance to experience it.
Ryan O’D

 

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Filling a gap

I put in a pre-order for Metro Exodus on PlayStation 4 today. I went for a physical copy as it was £38.66 from ShopTo with a slight discount, a significant £16.36 saving from the PSN store and I get a poster.

I was going to wait, as I’ve tons to play, but I really want to support this game and pretty confident it won’t let anyone down. Also, the few other games I was anticipating I don’t think I’m going to bother with now.

The seemingly universal lukewarm reception to recent hands-ons with Crackdown 3 means I am happy to leave it for a while. The Anthem demo was decent, but I don’t think it’s my next online game. Nor Apex Legends which was a nice surprise and looks very good but the squad/class-based nature off it means I won’t bother.

I’ll stick with Halo and when it rises from its slumber on Halo Infinite’s release, to become the number one competitive shooter, I’ll be in prime postilion to capitalise and take my rightful place at the top of the esports tree.

So it leaves a window until Sekiro and I can’t wait to fill it with the next instalment of one of the best story-driven first person shooters.
Simundo Jones

 



Inbox also-rans

In response to DjScaly, a good mobile game for learning programming concepts is Human Resource Machine from Tomorrow Corporation. It’s on Android and iOS (Think it’s also on consoles, it’s on Switch at least). It’s very good but gets tricky…
Steve

Sea Of Thieves have a deal just now where people who own the game, or have it via Game Pass, can get three codes for people to try the game. I think these only work until 13 February. Please offer them to readers.
Big Angry Dad82 (gamertag)

GC: Thanks, there’s three codes for whoever wants them.

 



This week’s Hot Topic

Last week we ran a poll for the Reader’s Top 20 of 2018 but this week the question is which game from last year was your least favourite, or at least most disappointing?

You can see the Readers’ Top 20 here, but which were you personally unimpressed by and why? Were there any games you were expecting to enjoy, or really looking forward to, that ended up being a letdown?

What do you consider to be the most overrated game of 2018 and why do you think it has been so highly praised? How do you imagine the games in the top 20 will be viewed over time and do you think any of them will receive a backlash?

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