Your one-stop shop for all there is to know about Battlefield 2018 (assumedly) for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
- Genre: First-person shooter
- Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
- Publisher: Ubisoft
- Release date: N/A
- Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
- Player: Two-player online co-op
- Classification: MA15+
Consider this page a work-in-progress that’ll be updated as EA and DICE reveal information about the still-untitled Battlefield 2018. What we do know is it’s being built by DICE (confirmed in a recent EA earnings call), the same developer who’s built every core Battlefield game in the series, with the exception of Battlefield Hardline. Perhaps that’s why Battlefield Hardline was the least well-received Battlefield game of recent years. While there’s nothing concrete to go on, not even a proper title, Battlefield 2018 is strongly rumoured to go one of two ways. First, there are whispers that it will be Battlefield: Bad Company 3 , even though DICE sources have apparently told Eurogamer said this isn’t the case . There is a possibility that DICE LA, developer of Battlefield Hardline is developing Bad Company 3, but that it wouldn’t be releasing in 2018.
Regardless, the second and arguably stronger rumour is that Battlefield 2018 will go full circle and head back to where the series began: in World War II. The Bad Company 3 rumour has been circling for years, but DICE’s Lars Gustavsson (then creative director, now design director) said that while Bad Company 3 was “on a very long vacation” but that “[it’s] coming back”, he also admitted that DICE didn’t know how they got Bad Company 2 so right and were intimidated, for lack of a better word, at the thought of returning to the hallowed space.
While big competitor Call of Duty went to World War II in 2017’s Call of Duty: WWII, there’s no reason why DICE isn’t heading back to the same space in 2018. First, the Battlefield series was in WWII before Call of Duty, left it before Call of Duty, and it returned before CoD, too, with Battlefield 1943. Second, DICE partially paved the way for Call of Duty: WWII with the proven success of Battlefield 1, which sold above expectations and went on to be the largest Battlefield game of all time, according to EA CFO Blake Jorgensen’s comments in a recent EA earnings call.
Recently, DICE EA's senior video and media director and editor tweeted that "Battlefield 2018's reveal trailer is underway", meaning we could be something sooner than expected.
Battlefield 2018 reveal trailer is underway.
— Randy Evans (@killat0n_) February 24, 2018
Battlefield 2018 releases Q3 2018 in Australia. Until then, and regardless of what it turns out to be, here's everything you need to know.
Battlefield 2018 Review
We'll update this section with an expected review embargo becomes available. For now, check out our review of Battlefield 1.
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Battlefield 2018 Story
Nothing is known at this stage about the setting, tone, and characters of Battlefield 2018. Judging by recent entries in the franchise, it’s safe to assume that it will have both a single-player campaign and competitive multiplayer.
Following the previous timeline for Battlefield announcements, the final drop of Battlefield 1 DLC lands in February 2018 (and likely at the end of the month, given the recent release of the last of the Turning Tides DLC), which means there may be a Battlefield 2018 announcement in March. YouTuber TheAlmightyDaq, who had accurate inside information on Battlefield 1, claims that Battlefield 2018 will be set in World War II.
Battlefield 2018 Gameplay
You can safely expect more Battlefield gameplay: a mix of infantry and vehicular combat, regardless of where the game is set. There will likely be Conquest and Rush modes, based on the previous Battlefield games, and there may be a new battle royale mode, if reading between the lines of a recent EA earnings call proves to be true. Here’s what EA CEO Andrew Wilson had to tease on the topic of a PUBG-like battle royale mode in the Battlefield space.
“[Battle royale is] clearly a mode of play that the global FPS population [is] interested in and given we have some of the best shooters in the marketplace, you might expect we are also thinking about new and innovative ways to play. That doesn’t mean just a PUBG replica inside of the Battlefield universe, but it does mean that our Battlefield team… [is] looking at how they innovate in every aspect of the game including core gameplay and map design.”
As mentioned above in the gameplay section, it’s safe to assume that Battlefield 2018 will have online multiplayer. Co-op hasn’t been present in the series since Battlefield 3, so it’s unlikely. Battlefield also hasn’t ever had split screen play in co-op or competitive modes since, well, ever. Don’t expect to see it appearing in Battlefield 2018. During a recent EA earnings call, CEO of EA Andrew Wilson had this to say about how multiplayer might work in Battlefield 2018.
“The Battlefield universe will grow this year with our next Battlefield title, captivating long-time fans and new players alike, and adding to our Battlefield service where players can move seamlessly with their friends.”
It’s unclear at this stage what “where players can move seamlessly with their friends” means, describing Battlefield as a service, suggests that it might adopt a Star Wars Battlefront II-like model to microtransactions-funded DLC (if that’s the case, hopefully with better execution).
The Battlefield franchise is also set to take a serious crack at the competitive space, most notably with the in-development Battlefield Incursions (a competitive mode based on Battlefield 1), but it may also be a part of Battlefield 2018. Here’s what Wilson had to say on the topic during the same EA earnings call.
“Across FIFA, Madden and Battlefield, this is going to be our biggest competitive season yet for players and spectators. Looking to the quarter ahead, we’re set to deliver a mix of amazing new games that will add to the breadth of our portfolio.”
According to information Wilson also revealed in the same call, the Battlefield competitive mode is set to kick off in EA’s next fiscal year, which starts in April 2018.
Battlefield 2018 DLC
No DLC or Season Pass plans have been announced for Battlefield 2018, but these are standard features of the Battlefield release formula now. It’s possible DICE may trial the microtransactions-funded DLC model of Star Wars Battlefront II, but given the overwhelmingly negative reception to that specific model, it will have to be tweaked if that’s the case. Unlike Star Wars Battlefront II, though, EA has greater freedom to create cosmetic-only microtransactions to help fund ‘free’ DLC.
If the recent EA earnings call is anything to go by, this might be what EA has planned for post-release content for Battlefield 2018. Here’s what EA CEO Andrew Wilson had to say during the call (bear in mind this call was after the Star Wars Battlefront II microtransactions controversy). “We also know that [with] large games like Battlefield and Star Wars Battlefront, premium content after launch is valued by the community but only where we can offer in a world where we don’t [split] the community.”
Battlefield 2018 install size on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
- Xbox One: [Currently unknown]
- PlayStation 4: [Currently unknown]
- PC: [Currently unknown]
Battlefield 2018 enhancements on PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X
PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X enhancements are currently unknown for Battlefield 2018 because it’s unannounced.
Can my PC run Battlefield 2018?
Assuming that Battlefield 2018 is using Frostbite 3, the same game engine used by Battlefield Hardline, Battlefield 4, and Battlefield 1, Battlefield 2018 should have PC system requirements that are quite similar to Battlefield 1. For reference, the Battlefield 1 minimum and recommended PC specs are below (these will be updated one DICE releases PC specs for Battlefield 2018).
- OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
- Processor (AMD): AMD FX-6350
- Processor (Intel): Core i5 6600K
- Memory: 8GB RAM
- Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
- Graphics card (Nvidia): Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB
- DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent
- Online connection requirements: 512KBps or faster internet connection
- Hard drive space: 50GB
- OS: 64-bit Windows 10 or later
- Processor (AMD): AMD FX 8350 Wraith
- Processor (Intel): Intel Core i7 4790 or equivalent
- Memory: 16GB
- Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB
- Graphics card (Nvidia): NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 1060 3GB
- DirectX: 11.1 Compatible video card or equivalent
- Online connection requirements: 512KBps or faster internet connection
- Hard drive space: 50GB
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Battlefield 2018 price
When Battlefield 2018 is announced, you will be able to find a comprehensive pricing comparison here. For now, why not check on pricing for 2017's Battlefield 1.
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