Players won't have to wait much longer to learn more about what exactly the Battlefield 2018 game will be as an official reveal date is set for later this month. The official unveil came in a very unique way as series developer DICE added an in-game mystery to Battlefield 1's Fort de Vaux map. Some intelligent fans eventually figured out that Morse code was introduced, and the message was deciphered to say "On May 23, Battlefield will never be the same."
The rollout for this year's Battlefield game has been a strange one. During a financial report, Electronic Arts announced that an untitled game in the popular multiplayer shooter series would release sometime in 2018, most likely hinting at an October release (as is customary for the shooter franchise). Since then, the company has been largely silent on the game, instead letting rumors run rampant until they kick off their full marketing blitz later this year.
This isn't the first time that DICE has added in easter eggs in existing titles to tease future releases, but it might be the coolest. The Fort de Vaux tease began by adding in a series of breadcrumbs to the multiplayer map. Players that followed the literal trail were led to a series of valves they could interact with that released drops of water. These drops wound up being Morse code, and the mystery was quickly solved once players figured that out. There's even a page on EA's website reserved for the forthcoming announcement.
It's a good thing that Electronic Arts is going to finally announcing 2018's Battlefield release as the situation has gotten increasingly confusing over the past few weeks. Early leaks indicated that DICE Sweden was following up Battlefield 1 with a World War II-era shooter titled Battlefield V. However, more recent rumors have indicated that this year's game is actually being headed by DICE Los Angeles and is Battlefield: Bad Company 3. Both games could very well be in production, but some clarification will be nice to have for what's actually coming this year.
The announcement on May 23 will set off a big month for this year's Battlefield release, which falls in-line with the announcement/marketing schedule EA DICE employed for Battlefield 1 in 2016. DICE's shooter will undoubtedly be a focus of Electronic Arts' yearly press conference prior to E3, and it has already been confirmed to be playable at the EA Play 2018 fan event in June. So, while the scheduled reveal event will be the first time players see the game in an official capacity, it certainly won't be the last. The question, what's actually going to be changing going forward: new maps, new modes (a Battle Royale, perhaps), new eras?
Battlefield 2018 is currently set to release October 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Source: Electronic Arts