EA details Bad Company 2, reveals Battlefield 1943

Publisher officially confirms seriocomic shooter sequel due in winter; multiplayer-only WWII FPS assaults Xbox Live, PSN, PCs this summer.

Earlier this week, EA returned mostly dismal results for its all-important holiday quarter, posting a $641 million loss for the October-December period, increasing projected layoffs to 1,100, and drastically revising its full-year guidance downward. Still, EA's stock has shot up more than $2 a share since the announcement, thanks in part to CEO John Riccitiello's efforts to assuage investors' fears by providing a glimpse of the publisher's strong 2009-2010 lineup.

Run for the hills.

One of the unannounced games teased by Riccitiello was a sequel to EA DICE's well-received Battlefield: Bad Company. With the cat out of the bag, EA today officially announced Battlefield: Bad Company 2, saying it would arrive for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC this winter.

A direct sequel to last year's console-exclusive game, Bad Company 2 picks back up with the derelict B Company, which comprises a fictitious US military's expendable misfits and outcasts. Destructible environments, which were a core component of the original game, will again play front and center in Bad Company 2, thanks to further revisions to its proprietary Frostbite game engine. EA also promises a new special emphasis on vehicular combat.

Today's announcement wasn't without surprise, however. EA also revealed that DICE was at work on Battlefield 1943, a downloadable game coming to Xbox Live, the PlayStation Network, and PCs this summer. An online multiplayer-centric game, Battlefield 1943 features 24-player conflicts that play out both on land and in the air. Further, battles will rage across three locales: Wake Island, Guadalcanal, and Iwo Jima.

EA DICE remains at work on Battlefield Heroes, a free-to-play, heavily stylized online shooter that is expected to arrive for PCs before the end of March. EA is currently accepting beta test sign-ups through the game's official Web site.

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148 comments
CRYSIX
CRYSIX

The first one was really good with a funny story, excellent sound and the destruction was great! Hope the second will be better.

Lacrosse3
Lacrosse3

NOBODY WANT BF3 WASTE OF TIME BFBC ALL THE WAY!!!!

Scout013
Scout013

Well supposedly they are working on BF3. 3 games have been announced, and in the last PC Gamer, they mentioned talking to Dice, who claimed to be working on 5 games.

edub272
edub272

Battlefield 3 MAKE IT NOW

bloodshot191
bloodshot191

i kinda wish ea would also do this with the medal of honor allied assault games that were on the pc too, like remake allot of the good fps games from last gen and what not

Lacrosse3
Lacrosse3

BF 1942 sux nuts Bad Company 2 all the way!!!!

arkangeljavier
arkangeljavier

ok.. i no' bf 2 1942 and all but which is bf3? give som' details

epostma
epostma

I cant wait for it Bad compony is awesome

RyD3n
RyD3n

"xxJee01xx Bad company is a great shooter but the lag really lets it down, sometimes its hard just to walk forward wtf" Lag? What system you playing it on? I have it on 360 and haven't had any severe frame rate drops.... Back on topic though, can't wait for this. The first is one of my favourite shooters ever...

submonkeyz
submonkeyz

your all dumb... Bad Co. is way better than BF3 could ever be.

Avals
Avals

It looks just another remake of old 1942..

oscar7romero
oscar7romero

WHERE IS BF3??!! DONDE ESTA BF3??? BATTLEFIELD 1943 & BATTLEFIELD BAD COMPANY BETTER BE GOOD!!! WE WANTED BF3!!!

Bigmike7717
Bigmike7717

They dont listen to what the public REALLY wants do they???

K-Grogg
K-Grogg

Sweet! I think those "revisions to its proprietary Frostbite game engine" will include the much-needed destructibility of roofs and floors, the parts of buildings that were for some reason indestructible in BFBF.

rayamoyito
rayamoyito

the guy below a few post is right WHERE IS BF3?!

bloodshot191
bloodshot191

man bf 1943 better only be out 15$ if theres only 3 map and 3 classes and stuff but the trailer looks good

sensei_hEnRY
sensei_hEnRY

i hope this time EA DICE will give me a subtitle.

Infinatrix
Infinatrix

WOOT!. BAD COMPANY 2......mre sweetwater and that redneck

ascalon94
ascalon94

brood aliance i agree where ismy BF3!

rob123911
rob123911

Hope fully you can destroy all of the house not just the outside walls lol

xxJee01xx
xxJee01xx

Bad company is a great shooter but the lag really lets it down, sometimes its hard just to walk forward wtf

brood_aliance
brood_aliance

Where's my BF3!!?!?!?!?!?!? BF1943 is maxed at 24-player? Hope that isn't final for the PC.

KPAC77
KPAC77

yes yes yes for bf 1943

iki080
iki080

cant wait to play bad company 2 for pc

Gruug
Gruug

Bad Company was "ok" on console but I still just could not get into the controls. This game was made to be played on a PC. Glad to see it going there with BC2. As for BF:1943, I am not convinced that this won't be another bug ridden hack and cheat fest. EA/DICE blew it by not supporting the BF series and building the game with solid code. I may just decide to pass this one up.

paidoot
paidoot

Bad company 1 was a waste of a hundred bucks, i just hope that this will be better because if it doesnt improve than bad company is gone..

JasonDarksavior
JasonDarksavior

Bad Company 1 was so good, and filled with solid shooting! Hope Bad Company 2 will be just as good!

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

I wanted Bad company 1 for the PC, but 2 would be just as good I guess. Will Bad Company 1 be out anytime soon for the PC?

pandakoaladirk
pandakoaladirk

They should make another BF Vietnam if anything... destructible environment in a jungle type setting would be hell as long as they kept it to 64 and not 24. 48 players I can understand and maybe even 32 depending on game play, but 24 isn't much of anything. All they are doing is using the same maps just increased graphics and physics. 1943 is a good idea but stick with what is good about the franchise and expand on it not just repeat with basic improvements.

I1yodsyo1I
I1yodsyo1I

DICE is sure working their butt off. I wonder when Mirror's Edge 2 will come out?

Richard7666
Richard7666

THANK GOD, Bad Company 2 for PC. Thankfully they've seen sense. @ Freeon: I'm sure the PC versions will be 64-player

Freeon
Freeon

Dice jumped the shark! They went from awesome 64 player games to crap rehash 24 player (1943) and even worse 16 player (BFH). These nubs are passing expansion packs off as games. EA WILL LOOSE MONEY!

tonyhawksP8
tonyhawksP8

Expect this year to release some greats!

Xenon2050
Xenon2050

How about BF2143? ;) Though I would be totally fine with BF3 if it includes some of the fixes to BF2 that BF2142 had.

edub272
edub272

BATTLEFIELD 3! BATTLEFIELD 3! BATTLEFIELD 3! EVERYONE WHO CARES ABOUT THIS FRANCHISE SHOULD BE CHANTING THIS!! BATTLEFIELD 3! BATTLEFIELD 3! FROSTBITE ENGINE BLOWS! BATTLEFIELD 3! KINDA LIKE BATTLEFIELD 2 ONLY BATTLEFIELD 3! BATTLEFIELD 3!

beanofengland
beanofengland

everyones said it already... why not bf3? and they're right, dice are just making a pc port of a console shooter, expect wolverine regeneration, flat maps, and a generally arcade feel. Maybe they will do a bf3 after this, though i doubt it'll be a PC game before on the consoles. BF2 had 64 player maps, and now we've got to pretend a full 26 player game is 'like being in a warzone'...

Spyder25000
Spyder25000

10052334223 ww2 games on the wall! you take one down and put another 100 up. 10052334323 www2 games on the wall. WHERE IS BF3!

Cabal23
Cabal23

What is it with WWII? Call of Duty and now BF. Have they not heard their market? We are so tired of WWII!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How many freakin conflicts have been going on since WWII, and they continue to use WWII. I appreciate the greatest generation, but by now I think we all could care less.

Tuppe666
Tuppe666

It's good to hear about battlefield again, but WHY!? WHY WW2?? Go for battlefield 3! I hope BC2 will be on PC...

DFalcon999
DFalcon999

Hope they bring back the Navy. That was one thing I missed from 1942 that didn't appear in any major capacity in future titles.

TurambarGS
TurambarGS

Bah. What happened to Battlefield 3? BF2 was full of such awesomeness, so why oh WHY are they heading back to frickin' WWII?

NavIGOtoR25
NavIGOtoR25

It's fantastic. I've played BBC on PS3, but little. I'm looking forward to ... Haggart!!! He's funny!!!