We're a little more than a month away from E3, the annual gaming extravaganza in Los Angeles, and that means developers are starting to show their cards. And Electronic Arts has a pretty big one to share soon.
EA has just revealed that it will offer up a Battlefield World Premiere streaming event next week on Friday, 6 May at 9pm BST (7 May, 1:30am IST). According to the official site, it will deliver "a first look at the future of Battlefield," which of course is EA and DICE's much-loved, large-scale military shooter favourite.
According to Polygon, creative director Lars Gustavsson will be joined by lead producer Aleksandar Grondal to discuss what's ahead for the series, as well as talk a bit about Battlefield and its history. They'll also reportedly take questions during the live stream, so start thinking up some good ones.
Last year saw the release of Battlefield Hardline, but it was a strong deviation from the rest of the series and spearheaded by Visceral Games. Hardline was all about cops vs. robbers, and while it kept some of the same elements and delivered great online fun, it wasn't quite the same knockout with critics and series aficionados.
Otherwise, the last core entry - Battlefield 4 (shown) - released in late 2013 and was there with the debut of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game was famously packed with bugs and glitches upon release, and struggled for months to offer a stable online experience.
It eventually got there, but the impact still looms large in many players' minds. Since then, DICE developed Star Wars Battlefront, which thankfully had a smoother rollout.
This isn't our first hint that a fresh Battlefield was on the horizon. Back in March, a presentation from EA's chief financial officer, Blake Jorgensen, reportedly said that a new Battlefield would release between October and December this year. He also mentioned Titanfall 2, according to the report, and that has since been revealed for a proper E3 unveiling.
Meanwhile, chief competitor Call of Duty looks to be preparing Infinite Warfare for later this year, alongside a remastered version of 2007's acclaimed Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, so there's sure to be plenty of competition for the military shooter die-hards out there. We'll let you know what's revealed late next week.