The fall is always a busy launch schedule, but 2018’s is looking especially packed. So packed, in fact, that even Battlefield V has rather wisely moved itself clear of heavy-hitting franchises such as Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, and a little game you may have heard of called Red Dead Redemption 2. According to analysts, that was a wise move, with pre-orders for the title weak not looking particularly sharp. This is, by no means saying that no one is excited. Battlefield V will still sell well and be profitable, but as a consumer, money and time are limited and we can’t possibly be interested in all of this fall’s releases. So what would it take to generate more interest in Battlefield V?
Yep, this is a big one. Ten years ago, the idea of this would be laughable, but now that (most) companies are playing nice with one another, it doesn’t seem all that far fetched. I’m no expert with how the design of cross play works, but if Rocket League can do it, surely the huge team at DICE could pull this off. Of course, it would be up to the platform itself (e.g., Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo) but even having cross play between PC and Xbox One would be a good start. This would also generate some much-needed goodwill, especially after the less than desirable press EA received last year. It seems that CEO of EA, Andrew Wilson is also open to the idea, per a report of their Q1 earnings call. The actual usage and implementation of cross play would be neat, but more importantly, this would generate discussion and get more people to talk about Battlefield V.