EA 'not abandoning' Battlefield 3

Community manager says work on Battlefield 4 will not compromise development of Battlefield 3 DLC; access to BF4 beta possible outside of preordering MoH: Warfighter.

Yesterday, Electronic Arts officially took the lid off Battlefield 4, confirming the game was in development, and revealing a beta for the shooter would arrive during fall 2013 for those who preorder Medal of Honor Warfighter. Today, EA community manager Ian Tornay has responded to questions about the announcement on Reddit, saying EA will continue to support Battlefield 3 while it also works on Battlefield 4.

EA is working on Battlefield 4, but that won't compromise Battlefield 3, Tornay says.

"There are several teams at DICE," he said. "Starting work on Battlefield 4 does not mean that we will be abandoning Battlefield 3 or working any less hard to bring you the best expansions we can. DICE and EA are dedicated to continuing our support for Battlefield 3. Just as we've continued to support and maintain Bad Company 2, we intend to continue providing the best Battlefield 3 experience we can well into the future and past the release of End Game and Battlefield 4."

Additionally, Tornay confirmed that reserving Medal of Honor Warfighter will not be the only way to score entry to the Battlefield 4 beta. He said there will be "other ways" to get into the trial period, but presently, preordering that game is the only way to guarantee entry.

Tornay also responded to criticisms about the timing of the Battlefield 4 announcement, which came just nine months after Battlefield 3 launched last October.

"I think it's worth noting that DICE has released a Battlefield game every two years or sooner and Mirror's Edge at least every two years," he said. "I truly believe that we're in one of the best positions to be creating our next titles--Frostbite 2 has matured, we've been gathering fan feedback like crazy, Battlefield 3 continues to expand with features which we can learn from, and we've got more data about how people play than ever."

Lastly, Tornay listed off several potential Battlefield 4 features that he said EA recognizes there is a "serious desire for." These include a better Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solution, a battle recorder, spectator mode, and "more robust" eSports support.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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sribz
sribz

hahaha, more BF haters! chill out peoples, just a game, and yes I do love playing BF3, it's a GOOD game. Can't knock COD either. Honestly tho, BF4 beta in fall of 2013? the game could come out in 2014, which is great because newer hardware will be out. It's not released every year either like a lot of other franchises, and there are a lot that do it, not just EA, Activision, Sony, M$ and whoever.... plus ur still buying it if it's good so who cares. I just hope my GTX 680 is still good enough to murder BF4 by then.....

son-of-the-wolf
son-of-the-wolf

@stumbox and hahamanin, fair point chaps, so its BF's fault for starting the "COD trend" lol

electronic_eye
electronic_eye

This comment by Tornay should be grounds for him getting fired. "... A mirror's edge game at least every two years (?!!)." Lies and deceit. mirror's edge came out in fall of freaking 2008. Grade school math Watson - that was 4 long years ago and we're still waiting for the 1ST, i repeat 1ST sequel to come out!

TTDog
TTDog

After all... you don't kill a cow that you can still milk.

Takeno456
Takeno456

DICE its nice to see your for-filling the role of EA's lap dog so well. I know I am probably like one of the only people that was not at all impressed with BF3. I am guessing BF4 is going to be almost the same thing as 3 was. I miss old BF2 and I miss how a DICE game use to mean quality.

Threesixtyci
Threesixtyci

I remember when Valve promised  the same thing about L4D.

rebelde01
rebelde01

EA: "Look we're gonna make this other game called BF 4 that will be exactly the same as BF 3 so we won't spend that much into developing it but will still charge you $60 because we know you will still waste your money on it."

nord1c
nord1c

EA blowing smoke into consumers eyes, as usual.

ACWH
ACWH

WTF? They've already abandoned it! Where's the official servers then EA? The game hasn't even been out a year and you've written it off.

 

Also, they announce this just after a ton of people bought Premium? Brilliant con job. 

 

"Keep playing BF3 because we are really committed to it." - EA Marketeer 1

 

"We are developing BF4 but hey that doesn't make BF3 redundant" - EA Marketeer 2

 

Yes it does you numpty. Shame me once, shame on you. Shame me twice, shame on me.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Of course they'd say that. They'll be saying that right up until the day they DO abandon it, and make no mistake, abandon it they will, sooner or later. (Probably sooner)

zeifel
zeifel

I almost fell into the 'EA is following Activision's milking trend!' before I checked the facts. however I'm still concerned about how the new game is called BF4 when there isn't much revolutionary improvement to be made, as compared to the graphic overhaul between BF2 to BF3. if what BF3 currently lacks are better VoIP features, spectator mode and such, why not add them on to BF3 as patches? why do they have to make an entirely new game with basically same gameplay & same graphic engine (DICE has made no mention on Frostbite 2.5/3.0 yet)? on a side note, probably I'm not buying BF3 Premium just yet...

TonnFool23
TonnFool23

Funny how the people talking shit how the BF3 servers will be down as soon as BF4 comes out are the ones who bought the BF3 DLC. No one told you to buy the DLC and you feel bad for it. If you think the servers will be down when BF4 comes out, how comes the 1942/BF2 servers are still running?

StumBOX
StumBOX

Damn people, stop moaning. Ever since Battlefield 1942 there has been a new Battlefield game released every 1-2 years, so why is everybody so surprised and disappointed:

 

2002 - 1942

2004 - Vietnam

2005 - BF2

2006 - 2142

2008 - Bad Company

2009 - 1943

2010 - Bad Co. 2

2011 - BF3

 

You can still play most, if not all of these games still online, they still keep up the servers, so they aren't going to take down BF3 servers just as BF4 comes out, don't be such idiots. You do know you don't have to buy the game right?

tightwad34
tightwad34

So they aren't going to give up on a game that has made them a ton of money, and will continue to do so. I am just shocked right there. 

son-of-the-wolf
son-of-the-wolf

what a joke BF4 already in development, way to follow the COD trend EA!!

shrapnel-grant
shrapnel-grant

i stopped playing BF3 after a few major patches and they didn't fix the hardcore rules to match bad company 2's HC rules, no mini map no spotting

 

i know they added them to the server options but it should be set as standard

 

i hate you EA

duron2
duron2

i give up screw these publishers, they will ruin gaming like this

eddyoshi
eddyoshi

what? since when do they release a mirros edge game every two years? unless your counting the app game...

Paz2
Paz2

Nov 30, 1995: "Without meaning to, The 11th Hour has taught the gaming industry a few valuable lessons: First, the sequel isn't always as successful as the original. Second, pretty graphics and cool video sequences do not ensure a good overall gaming experience. Third, and perhaps most importantly, game creators should stay true to their claims, or they'll disappoint their audience in the end."

Sergeant_
Sergeant_

RIP Dice. Its a shame that DICE has been raped by EA and now will be forced to follow the same path as what Infinity Ward/Sledgehammer is doing to Call of Duty. EA should be ashamed of what it has been doing and I only hope that they go bankrupt in the coming years so we don't have to put up with their greed and complete elimination of good companies and turning quality classic games into rehashed garbage. Shame on you EA.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

so they purposely didnt include VOIP, battlecorder, or an esports interest in BF3 post launch just so people feel compelled into buying BF4 ... how pathetic.

AdamKAME88
AdamKAME88

I will be honest battlefield 3 was really good.  I loved it enough to buy the premium.  I know in due time they will cut the server and will be forced to buy the new battlefield.....

BlackWaltz_No_3
BlackWaltz_No_3

Maybe I'll wait for Battlefield 5, or better yet Battlefield 6. It seems milking a successful franchise is the trend these past years.

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

Well BF3 servers are basically abandoned on consoles, as we seem to basically be left with only player rented servers that usually involved 1000 ticket matches that go on for far to long and the server owner getting mad and kicking people off when someone kills him or starts doing better.

 

Still, it will be nice if BF4 offers the diverse environments like BFBC2 and the same level of destruction.  Though, it hardly justifies paying for all the BF3 DLC since we'll have to shortly get BF4 and its DLC.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Yea... they keep BF3 alive while they're developing BF4. But once BF4 hits, expect them to turn the lights off on BF3 to force players to upgrade. Watch, they'll keep the BF3 servers on for 3 months after BF4 launches and act like they were doing you a favor. For $60, plus ridiculously priced dlc maps, gamers should have more than 2 years of access to a game's online features.

essbigboss
essbigboss

 @sribz lol your gtx 680 is recommended to run "a new dawn" from geforce labs, and trust me anything lower than a gtx 670 cannot max out specs for the "new dawn " . and if the gtx 480 can handle bf3 like a pro, then your gtx 680 can handle bf4, because it's going to use the same engine, just slightly updated

marcusurelius
marcusurelius

EA isn't blowing smoke in anyone's eyes. it's either you buy it or you don't. its that simple

chris010000
chris010000

 @ACWH search dice in the sever browser there are alot of them but make sure the owner is dice

Greyfox-101
Greyfox-101

 @zeifel You do realize it that game engines have lifespans way longer than the games themselves? I wouldn't expect a Frostbite 3 until at least 2014. 

CY4N1D3_625
CY4N1D3_625

 @zeifel

 I completely agree. Not to mention that this game requires additional polish, especially the engine. Since DICE are priding themselves on this engine, I'd argue they should file down the engine before working on a new title. No point in living in a mansion, if the foundation is riddled with termites.

iluvOP
iluvOP

 @zeifel Well theres many expansions packs and patches to be had so they could be fixed eventually. who knows.

NervoZa
NervoZa

 @zeifel Thats what I think...this game and its engine have a long way to go before something new comes (and by new I mean virtual reality),the game looks great,plays great,and besides adding the features you mentioned I dont see any need for a brand new game...no one plays BF 3 for the campaign anyway...they should focus on adding new content to the already excisting game...not re-making it like COD!

alenth
alenth

 @StumBOX Remember of the weapons shorcuts? everyone bitched when Dice released them on BF3 months ago even if they do it for every game after some months after release, the reason is just to hate lol

iluvOP
iluvOP

 @StumBOX This, million times this! Hopefully this makes people post stupidly.

hahamanin
hahamanin

 @son-of-the-wolf n also the beta is coming fall next year so dont expect it to launch until 2014...no way that is the COD trend

StumBOX
StumBOX

 @son-of-the-wolf DICE has came out with a new Battlefield game every 1-2 years since the first game, they aren't changing anything with that. 2002 - 1942, 2004 - Vietnam, 2005 - BF2, 2006 - 2142, 2008 - Bad Company, 2009 - 1943, 2010 - Bad Co. 2, 2011 - BF3. Know your facts.

iluvOP
iluvOP

 @shrapnel-grant You stopped playing because you didnt realise that Bad company games are MEANT to be different than just plain BF tittles? Man, this is the first time in a long time when I saw stupidity bite someone in the ass badly.

houshidar
houshidar

 @BlackWaltz_No_3 Agreed, its better to improve the current product with updates, patches and perhaps a few DLCs rather than milking the franchise and create a half arsed buggy product to rake in more money. 

treava
treava

 @Vodoo

 except not really. you can still play BFBC2 or even BF2 even though BF3 has been out for almost a year. actually you can still play bf1942 right now.

rebelde01
rebelde01

 @MrMuscle69r If you think EA is any better than activision you're either very naive or a fanboy.

ACWH
ACWH

Thanks I will give that a try.

zeifel
zeifel

 @iluvOP yup, let's hope this happens, instead of having to wait for a 'hollow' BF4 just to see features that should have been there in the first place.

samfischer
samfischer

 @NervoZa

 It'd be really nice if BF4 was made to be reverse-compatible with BF3. Pretty much a giant x-pack with another campaign.

shrapnel-grant
shrapnel-grant

 @iluvOP HaHa and what you just said is a wast of space, they have hardcore mode in BC2 right and they also have it in BF3 so how the hell are they different they both feature the online game mode hardcore, they took it from BC2 and changed it in BF3

 

i liked the game very much just i don't see why they would change.

TonnFool23
TonnFool23

 @houshidar  @BlackWaltz_No_3 Yeah every one is asking for that, but they don't give a shit. Bad Company 2 will always be better than BF3..why? Because it took them 1 year to improve Bad Company 2 where as BF3 is left to be shat on.

Pr0ving4Gr0undz
Pr0ving4Gr0undz

 @treava I can even still play bad company online and that game was released in 2008.

Vodoo
Vodoo

 @treava I wasn't meaning it literally, exactly 2 years. My point was EA loves to screw you over while making it look like they've got your best interest in mind. And 1942 was a re-release dlc game. I'm talking consoles only btw.

essbigboss
essbigboss

 @rebelde01  @MrMuscle69r EA is only worse because of online passes, but other than that, service support, and audiences for EA's software is much better, plus i'd rather pay 10 bucks for an online pass to play with people who are actually old enough to buy a rated "M" game, instead of 12/13 year olds