If you're a console or PC gamer (or you've watched primetime TV in the last two months), you know that EA's Battlefield shooter series is kind of a big deal. Battlefield 4 is getting huge amounts of press even in its current beta stage before its release next week. In a New York Times interview, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau (who's also the new head of mobile development) said that the company is working on a version of the extremely popular FPS for smartphones and/or tablets.


We are working on a mobile game of Battlefield that will be high-end and high-performance. It’s our bet that we can successfully pull that off. But we’re embarking on something no one has ever done before — to get these games to inter-operate between platforms. Will it work? It already has in some cases. Will it work for all franchises? Not all franchises will make the transition. Battlefield might be a little harder.

EA has already been pushing hard into mobile gaming on both the casual and "hardcore" fronts, if you can call high-production free-to-play games like Real Racing 3 hardcore. And of course they've been tying in some of their biggest franchises with mobile side-games, like Battlelog, Dead Space, and Mass Effect Infiltrator. It's no surprise that the company has its eyes on a mobile version of its biggest shooter franchise. Also note that "mobile" doesn't necessarily mean "Android," but given EA's library of titles it's almost certain that a mobile version of Battlefield would come to the Play Store eventually. Inter-operability between console and mobile versions would be amazing, but as Gibeau says, it would be tough.

First-person shooters aren't necessarily well-suited to mobile controls - the latest entries in the PC and console world take full advantage of those massive controllers and tricked-out mice, and that's a hard experience to replicate on a touchscreen. But if Gameloft can manage it with the blatantly derivative Modern Combat series, surely EA and its massive bankroll can manage to put something together. A better question might be whether or not a mobile Battlefield game will use the maddening free-to-play models seen in Real Racing 3, Madden 25, and FIFA 14. Every frugal gamer knows that the hyper-competitive nature of multiplayer shooters and in-app purchases can be a nasty combination.

Source: New York Times via Joystiq, Shacknews

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Youri

    I can already smell Freenium

  • Dennious

    It will need 3GB of ram and 25 Cores to run on decent 35 Fps.

    • Jose Roman

      We don't need a super game with highest graphics on a mobile, what we need it's a game with high replay value, a game when you finish it motivates you to play it again and again, a game you can unlock stuff and new stages, I don't see a game like this on a long time

      • David Hart

        honestly, I wouldn't mind more ports of pc/console games...

        Just not FPS games, those don't really need to be on a touch screen.

        • usaff22

          I'd love to have GTA:San Andreas on mobile. Would be awesome.

          • David Hart

            Both GTA 3 and GTA VC were release for Android on its 10 year anniversary date.

            GTA SA was released October 26th 2004, it's pretty safe to assume that you're going to be playing GTA SA on your phone this time next year.

          • usaff22

            Damn, that would be amazing. One of the best games ever released for its time imo.

            Hope my 1.5ghz dual core One S can run it, the gpu isn't that great

  • http://www.androidrootz.com/ Anuj Patel

    Yes, please!

  • Jays2Kings

    It can look as pretty as it wants, as long as the controls aren't crap.

    • firesoul453

      Vita version would be great

  • Mongo

    DICE makes Battlefield, if they aren't involved and it's just EA... well I wouldn't have high hopes for a mobile version.

    • David Hart

      Except that DICE is basically EA.. EA - Digital Illusions CE

      I know it's a sub company, but even if DICE did develop this game, it would certainly be published under the EA name on Google play.

      • Shitiz Garg

        I think he means if DICE isn't the developer, since it doesn't explicitly say DICE is developing the game but just that EA is developing, meaning any of their studios can be working on this.

  • John

    Please don't involve origin with this!

    • firesoul453

      I can see it now! An android market through origin! ;)

  • pepper

    while Battlefield: Bad Company 2 still exclusive to Xperia Play ....
    Can't they release that first on google play ?

    • firesoul453

      It probably wouldn't be worth getting it work with just mono without using playstaion mobile framework.

  • Rahul Nebhnani

    real racing 3 is a good game not hardcore and it is just because of the IAP's

  • http://www.talltechtales.com/ Mattias

    If they make a proper Battlefield game, I'll give it a shot.

    • Herman

      Very punny sir.
      Very punny indeed.

  • Zombie

    Let's hope it will not be freemium. I'd pay 10 to 15 euros to have a quality title.

  • MobilegamerfanChicago

    It would b nice to play real versions of console games on my phone. Especially with some type of cross platform with xbox n ps3. I can play gta 5 online on my phone against people playing console. This would definitely have to b with a blue tooth controller(MOGA PRO) of course.

  • Anthony Tyson

    Congratulations iOS

  • GraveUypo

    well we might even expect direct ports in two years. nvidia did say that tegra 6 will be "on-par" with a ps4 after all.

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    It IS possible to make touchscreen controls competitive to gamepad, if you're using gyroscope. Unfortunately, I've not seen a single mobile FPS which uses it (except for Rage for iPhone).
    They will surely make it with a tried and tired cliche swipe-till-your-finger-bleeds type of controls.
    And nothing beats mouse, NOTHING EVER (unless your gun has 30 degrees arc of damage).

  • Marcell LĂ©vai

    I really hope that high end doesn't mean they won't optimize it...

  • Elliot Kotis

    HOLY COW! YES! Not for Apple though, just to be a dick.

    • Fred Chiang

      iphones can't run it in the first place lol

  • Mehmet Fatih

    I can already sense that this game will contain tons of tons of shitty IAPs. Like in real racing 3. I really don't give a fuck if the game is high end, If they make a battlefield with mp and sp options and no IAPs. I can pay up to 10 dollars for this to play on mobile. I hate IAPs and if only such kind of was never invented..

  • Devonodev

    EA porting a game to mobile? What is this madness.

  • firesoul453

    Please make a true game (not "freenium") and release a vita version.