The next Battlefield will take a little longer, CEO Andrew Wilson explained in an investors call that it won't be ready until the fiscal year 2022, which begins on April 1, 2021, for EA. The Battlefield series has been pretty consistent: Battlefield 3 (2011), Battlefield 4 (2013), Battlefield Hardline (2015), Battlefield 1 (2016), and Battlefield 5 (2018).
"Our Battlefield franchise and its community are also a major focus for us, and we'll add new content and new ways to play Battlefield 5 in FY21, Targeting new innovation that will be enabled by next-gen platforms and a growing install base on the new consoles, our next Battlefield game is set for FY22." stated by Wilson.
"We still see a burgeoning opportunity with Battlefield 5, and as I talked about in the prepared remarks, we're about to launch a whole new theater of war with the Pacific theater. And the team is still really thinking about to continue to drive that service on a go-forward basis". "So we think there's an opportunity still inside the Battlefield 5 experience, as it was built as a base live service from the beginning." explained by Wilson as a follow-up to a question regarding Battlefield 5's success affecting the decision.
Also factored into the decision is the success of Apex Legends. Apex is quoted by Wilson to be an "annualized shooter," relieving the pressure to put out Battlefield sequels so frequently. EA will also take advantage of the next-gen console technology (assuming when there's a relatively large base of players) and with the nature of the beast, it will be driven by live services.
Sadly, this great EA shooter franchise will remain silent for some time. Battlefield Bad Company 3 could be announced as the new sequel, as hinted previously by many credible leakers, but there's no concrete news from official sources.