Battlefield Series Will Not Become Annual

Written by Daniel Charnock on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 11:15 AM
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Yesterday, we heard that Activision CEO and President, Eric Hirshman, believes the annual release of Call of Duty games is in keeping with consumer demand.

In stark contrast to Activision’s release strategy, it would seem DICE would still rather keep Battlefield releases to a biennial event...

Only last year we covered the story that EA Vice-President, Patrick Soderland, sought to dispel any rumours of an annual release, saying that EA didn't want DICE “to become a Battlefield factory".

The most recent speculation has no doubt been sparked by the news that the Medal of Honor games have now been removed from any future launch windows, and that DICE’s Star Wars: Battlefront won’t be released until 2015.

Executive producer of Battlefield 4, Patrick Bach, spoke recently at Gamescom and once again confirmed that yearly Battlefield games are not an option.

He went on to mention the continued success of Battlefield 3’s online presence and the popularity of Battlefield Premium among many fans of the game. The high quality and volume of DLC have meant that Battlefield 3 online has refused to stagnate in almost 2 years, and has kept players coming back for more. Clearly this is something that is part of the EA/DICE model, and as Bach says:

“Battlefield is almost turning into a first-person shooter/vehicular combat platform where people want more things but put into the same core mechanic.”

So, although Activision and EA’s shooters will still be at loggerheads on a biennial basis, I’m afraid we won’t get the ‘who’s the best shooter’ banter on a year in year out basis just yet. We'll leave you to decide who this last comment from Bach was directed at:

"We're trying to push the boundaries, we're not trying to, like, 'Oh, Battlefield will sell itself. Let's make something half-ass.' So it's a challenge.”

Battlefield 4 is set for release on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 on October 29th, with the next-gen release sure to be hot on their heels. Would you like to see

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17:39 Aug-29-2013

that's good news, one of the few games that EA publishes and is still not annual. The battlefield series have always been games you can keep playing for years.

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16:58 Aug-29-2013

"We don't ever want to charge for our maps and insisted to EA that this attitude was crucial when it came to keeping our community happy and playing together," - DICE senior producer
One lie after another DICE...

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03:49 Aug-30-2013

Blame it on EA. DICE, as a game developer, is the ****. If they were free to do whatever they want, they would make the best games at a low price and for everyone.

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16:32 Aug-29-2013

they said the same shizzle when battlefield 3 launched
biannual is pretty much the same as if the game is released annually
I wish they would give it some time to grow in players, 3 years would be cool, 5 years would be epic
they just rushed battlefield 3 to the end...

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10:06 Aug-30-2013

I don't think so,if there wasn't an new game in 5 years any game would become stale and nobody would play it.

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15:59 Aug-29-2013

I think it is better this way. *Also very nice article/blog :)

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15:32 Aug-29-2013

I think it's better that way, that leaves time for improvement, and knowing there will be expansions to spice things up a bit during those years I think it is a well managed transition from one game to another.

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14:50 Aug-29-2013

Yes I am happy in a way but sad in the other its going to get boring to play the same game for two years until the next one get out if you do so please make a skit tone of map pack (Like Vietnam 2) :)but I know there will be other game to let us wait like gta V saints row IV ....

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13:21 Aug-29-2013

AMEN !

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11:53 Aug-29-2013

yes it is not neccesary to release a new game each year, the dlcs keep the game alive, a release each 2 or 3 years sounds good.. we want real improvement between two games not only some tweaks, i want to map playable on different times of the day and different weather condition ,heavy rain would be awesome and lightening

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11:53 Aug-29-2013

Another reason to love Battlefield.

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11:53 Aug-29-2013

I'm glad DICE isn't releasing Battlefield games every year. They would get boring, like the CoD games are.

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12:38 Aug-29-2013

A box of cookies for you. All COD games are almost the same with increasing system requirements and slowly increasing graphics. Physics/recoils aren't realistic and camping is getting worse with each installment. Or maybe it's just that I expect Call of Duty to stand next to Battlefield :)

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11:26 Aug-29-2013

the assassin's creed series are the only games where i think that publishing a game annualy is actually effective, so i don't mind if it takes 2-3 years for the next BF to come out

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