What does the future hold for the Battlefield series? Well, we know what the immediate future holds, with Battlefield 3 slated for release this winter, and the Play4Free game currently under works for the PC, but what about after that? With updates and DLC for Battlefield 3, and a new Medal of Honor game, the boys and girls at DICE will have plenty to keep them occupied (that’s assuming that DICE will be working on the new MoH, maybe EA will ditch the two developer approach that they took with the 2010 Medal of Honor reboot and just stick with a lone developer, either DICE or Danger Close).
But wait, what about that new console supposedly launching at the end of this year? Yes, that’s right, the NGP/PSP2. Could the next Battlefield game be released on Sony’s handheld powerhouse?
I can hear the Battlefield purists cries from here, and all I have to say on that matter is…
The NGPSP2 (which I will just refer to as “NGP” from here on) already has Killzone and Resistance titles in the works along with a Call of Duty title. No matter what your opinion on FPS’s, the thought of being able to play those, or similar games, on the go sounds extremely appealing no?
Now I know what your thinking, “But Battlefield and CoD, although both being FPS’s, are two very different games”, and you would be right to think that. Call of Duty’s small, tight, corridor like maps will be be easier to squeeze into the NGP than Battlefield’s sprawling, erm, Battlefields! However, did you know that Bad Company 2 was released on the iPhone? Here’s a small clip of it:
OK, so it’s not exactly the experience that you got when playing on the PC or console version of the game, but if they can do this with the iPhone, imagine what they will be able to do on the exceptionally more powerful NGP. And it will also have proper controls thanks to the new handheld coming equipped with dual analogue sticks. The NGP could be the first ever handheld to cater to fans of FPS’s, and to do it well.
There’s one major problem though. EA are not on the initial list of publishers that are currently working on the NGP. Whether they are waiting to see how well the new handlheld console does in sales during the recession, or they just haven’t officially announced that they actually are working on titles for it, it’s safe to assume that somewhere down the line, EA will be jumping on board, and that will hopefully mean another great Battlefield game, only this will be one that you can enjoy everywhere you go. Say buh-bye to your social life indeed!
|CPU||ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)|
|Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)|
|5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors,
OLED Multi touch screen (capacitive type)
|Rear touch pad||Multi touch pad (capacitive type)|
|Cameras||Front camera, Rear camera|
|Sound||Built-in stereo speakers
|Sensors||Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass|
Wi-Fi location service support
|Keys / Switches||PS button
Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)
Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
Shoulder buttons (Right/Left)
Right stick, Left stick
START button, SELECT button
Volume buttons (+/-)
|Mobile network connectivity (3G)
IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)
Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR （A2DP/AVRCP/HSP）