EA: Battlefield unlikely to be annualized

Executive producer Patrick Bach says "we can't build a game at DICE every year," though fans do want Battlefield year round.

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The Battlefield series is unlikely to become an annualized franchise like Call of Duty, developer DICE has told VideoGamer in a new interview from Gamescom.

"I think the core Battlefield idea that we're working on at DICE is… We can't build a game at DICE every year," Battlefield 4 executive producer Patrick Bach said when asked if a new Battlefield game could launch in 2014.

Bach pointed to Battlefield 3 and its Premium content offering as an example proving that, in general, fans "want Battlefield all year round."

With the Medal of Honor series taken out of rotation following lower-than-expected sales of Warfighter, EA has no major shooter penciled in for fall 2014.

Respawn Entertainment's Titanfall will launch in spring 2014, while Star Wars: Battlefront is aiming for a summer 2015 release.

Instead of releasing standalone titles on a semi-regular basis, Bach was asked if the Battlefield series may one day evolve into a platform that grows with new maps and campaigns.

"Maybe it [could]," Bach said. "You're touching upon something that we've actually started noticing as well. Maybe it's a really smart thing to do; maybe it's the completely wrong thing to do. We can see that some games are actually doing it already, like MMOs. You have some free-to-play games [that] continue on the same platform. So I think it's more about the audience and getting all the ducks in a row, so to speak."

Battlefield 4 launches October 29 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. The game is also in development for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Discussion

244 comments
DeathProofDelta
DeathProofDelta

All they need to do is bring out an awesome DLC package (say £20) every year or so until they develop a new battlefield. Rather than remaking the same game over and over.

Nexrad
Nexrad

good it shouldnt be

Gankstar_VX84
Gankstar_VX84

just wait. with the success of bf4 they'll hire another team to make bad company games. then battlefront games. (fuck star wars btw, really) but yea, we'll see.

lucas_2020
lucas_2020

They should work really hard on innovation and keep on releasing bi anual, and in between the battlefront series

djpetitte
djpetitte

meanwhile it only takes a couple weeks to "build" another call of duty. more like copy and paste. The guys at Dice are actually smart software developers.  The two main guys who made Cod what it is today haven't worked on a cod game since mw2.  People seem to forget they work for EA now. When they left cod died in my opinion. Last truly great one was mw.

Dentalflossbush
Dentalflossbush

We do not, I repeat, DO NOT want a Battlefield ever year. Battlefield 3 holds up perfectly right now and hell, Battlefield 2 only began to age around 2010 and it came out in 06'. EA, don't mess this up please. Just ride on the fact that it is superior and relax

Grimbear13
Grimbear13

I'm not sure who wants annual releases for games...but I'm certainly not one of them.  Games like Assassin's Creed have put a sour taste in my mouth by shelling out a new game every year.  Knowing that game development takes a long time (much longer than a year) it means there is no innovation, probably the same engine, and is more than likely a quick cop out.

When EA/DICE (partially) was shelling out a shooter a year I was getting nervous they would fall into the same trap CoD did.  MW and MW2 were solid after that it was just a constant rehashing with minimal changes and new maps.  It was annual stand alone releases of map packs for full retail prices.

I miss the days however when "Expansion Pack" meant something and wasn't just a map/gun pack.  Look at the expansions for BF2, each one added new game changing additions.

evi1_ducky98
evi1_ducky98

This is definitely good for battlefield, look at CoD for example, they just roll out the same shit every year and gamers are all moving to battlefield. The last thing I want is for BF4 to be exactly the same as BF3. If someone can find me a difference between CoD 4, CoD 6 & CoD 8 that isn't a new gun, map or perk which is still a rebranded version of an old one please do so. In the last 5 or so CoDs the biggest change is the dolphin dive gimmick which soon became a joke.

ZOD777
ZOD777

I think if you make a good enough game, you don't need to release another copy every year.  Battlefield 2 is still fun, and so is BFBC2.  Annual releases aren't necessary when you make a game that has great replay value. 

Blade_Runner22
Blade_Runner22

Do fans really want annual releases?

I know I don't

XxXDarkness0XxX
XxXDarkness0XxX

good. dont do what CoD does that would just make the series boring and eventually die

snottyjalopy
snottyjalopy

a new battlefield every year would make the games terrible like call of duty

Lost-to-Apathy
Lost-to-Apathy

I don't really care if you guys release the SAME GAME every 5 years, it's still the same game. Annual, bi-annual... it makes no difference. Same shitty game. Battlefield is about as innovating as Call of Duty.

Hector_01
Hector_01

"though fans do want Battlefield year round"

Yeah right.  Were the hell did he hear this nonsence.  Exactly why EA are very much hated company.  Seriously i laughed when i read that part.  Unless he was just implying fans want to keep playing battlefield every year but i'm pretty sure he meant a new game every year but hey.

OG_OF_MT
OG_OF_MT

It could be nice to see a new Battlefield game every year, but only if they have the man power to do so, like maybe separating the company into different branches and say release a different title every year,  ex. BF4 2013, BF:BC3 2014, BF 2143 or Battlefront 2015 etc... 

MoreThot
MoreThot

I do want battlefield every year. However, I DO NOT want a new game every year. I'm happy with releasing DLC throughout a period of time. Annual releases will ruin battlefield.

CieloPerso
CieloPerso

I hope they don't annualize it.  Every 2 years  is fine by me, but there had better be 2143 in 2015.

1337hackz
1337hackz

No one wants battlefield every year assholes. 

StephenSays
StephenSays

Instead we will just DLC you to death.

morenosuba
morenosuba

Nor do we want to have to buy a new BF3 every friken year! ffs this is the single most annoying thing about CoD (and the reson i stopped playing). the fact that every 4 months now you have re-buy the damn "lates" CoD "game" (more like slightly different map pack) or else you are left with old unpoliced servers full of hackers/botters.

DO NOT start this crap with BF3. every second or 3rd year is more than enough. Then add a few maps every 4/5 months.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

I do not want this series to come out annually and I am still waiting for a follow up to the Bad Company series.

PetJel
PetJel

" though fans do want Battlefield year round."

whoa what

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

I'm fine with a new Battlefield every 2 to 4 years, but I also want my BF Bad Company in between. Damnit DICE, I need my fix!!

MikeyNada
MikeyNada

Good. Instead of churning out an ever so slightly updated game every fall they should take their time and make a game that is worth playing for multiple years.

euphoric666
euphoric666

i guess is too soon for the BF4, i'm still enjoying the 3! Thats why is such a superior game than other shooters. it takes time to do it.

rich185
rich185

If it turned into an annual thing the quality would drop and I'd most likely stop buying/playing it

andfx8
andfx8

There is a lot more to Battlefield than there is to COD. It would be a disservice to the franchise (and frankly, the fans) if they were forced to squeeze out a new game every year. Plus, there are always the dreaded expansions every couple of months (ka-ching!) 

hellangel_boy
hellangel_boy

Something like BFP4F is a real bad idea. BFP4F is cash grab and P2W. I didn't like BF3 on PS3 so much but it's definitely much better than any F2P game, at least I get to play a full game that I bought.

DonGibon
DonGibon

the way it is now it's perfect.

cantor2537
cantor2537

COD killed the FPS for me with its annualized games. I blindly bought a new version each year only to realize it was the same game. I couldn't even beat BO2 the campaign. Titanfall, BF4, etc. it's all the same to me now.

Berkut4796
Berkut4796

I certainly wouldn't want a Battlefield game annually. The current spacing between 2 and 4 feels a bit short to me as well (but may be appropriate in the view of many others), though I'm probably going to get the next iteration, which will hurt my wallet :(.

mucking_foron
mucking_foron

Thanks Eddie, I'm happy to know Battlefield WILL NOT be analized.

djpetitte
djpetitte

@Dentalflossbush 

was bf2 in 2006? I think it was 2005, because I know 2142 came out in 2006, which was about a year later.

djpetitte
djpetitte

@Lost-to-Apathy 

you are not a very savvy gamer,  its very easy to see that from you ignorant comment.

evi1_ducky98
evi1_ducky98

Levolution

2 new game modes

Commander is back

Battlerecorder

Spectator mode

Realistic magazine-based reloading

Practice modes

New factions

WHOLE NEW ENGINE

New destruction mechanics

Commander has tons of resources at his disposal

Multiplatform

New specialisation chain

Water combat completely redone

Please, tell me how uninnovating battlefield is.

Don't worry there's more but I need to be elsewhere.

MoreThot
MoreThot

besides battlefield doesn't even need to release annually. They are already AGES ahead of CoD with just 2 releases (2nd being bf4.) 

aka_ecelipze
aka_ecelipze

@morenosuba Im not defending cod or anything, but did you know it takes about two years to make a cod game with 2 different devolpers..

lucas_2020
lucas_2020

@kennythomas26 With more destruction! Destruction everywhere, destroy everything, burn those maps to the ground, muuuaajajajajaa 

blackbeltjones
blackbeltjones

@GhostOfSparta4 Thats the beauty of BF.... Even Battlefield Modern Combat was great to me... Then my next BF game was Bad Company and Bad Company 2 and then my favorite as of now BF3. I thought each one of these games were great BECAUSE they spaced just enough apart for there to be ACTUAL innovation and not just a bunch of new maps in a new box....

djpetitte
djpetitte

@evi1_ducky98 

yep exactly. some people just don't get it because they are too blinded by Cods and the maddens.  BF has always had a longer time period between releases and major updates per title.

djpetitte
djpetitte

@MoreThot 

that's because the people at dice are really fucking smart and actually develop games, not pump the same shit out every year with new skins

evi1_ducky98
evi1_ducky98

Actually 4 of them, play4free, BFHeroes, BFBC2 and BF1942

djpetitte
djpetitte

@evi1_ducky98 

I am on xbox, although I play all my bf games on pc. I will pm you my gamertag/screen names. Add me!

evi1_ducky98
evi1_ducky98

BF1942 is probably my favourite battlefield but my punkbuster doesn't work so I can't play it online :(

Also, djpetitte, are you on xbox, you seem to know what you are talking about and I like playing with new people?