Where the Battlefield franchise is headed will finally be answered next week. DICE and Electronic Arts announced a reveal event for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC military shooter next Friday.
According to a post on the official Battlefield Twitter account, the next Battlefield will be unveiled at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT on Friday, May 6. It includes a link to a countdown timer on the official website for the world premiere.
The interesting part here is the post does not mention a version number for this entry in the Battlefield series. This year’s edition of the shooter is expected to be a mainline release and not a spin-off like Battlefield Hardline. That would make the title Battlefield 5, but the number is conspicuously absent in the announcement graphic.
Neither Electronic Arts nor DICE have ever mentioned Battlefield 5, however. The publisher never mentioned a sequel number in earnings call transcripts from this past January or July 2015 when discussing the game.
Rumors of where the next Battlefield is going have been at an all-time high and demonstrate an incredible amount of discipline from Electronic Arts that nothing has leaked in the form of images or video. There are still a few days left, though.
The Battlefield series got its start as a World War II shooter with Battlefield 1942. It jumped to the modern era with the sequel through Battlefield 4, but also featured a leap to 2142 in a somewhat controversial spin-off with Vietnam, and two well-received Bad Company spin-offs.