DICE defends Battlefield 4 announcement timing

Executive producer calls reaction to new shooter unveiling "sad," says gamers are worried for "all the wrong reasons."


Last month, Electronic Arts officially announced Battlefield 4, even though it hasn't yet finished working on add-ons for Battlefield 3. The timing of the game's announcement struck up a commotion with some gamers, but EA executive producer Patrick Bach dismissed these concerns.

Too soon for Battlefield 4 announcement? Bach doesn't think so.
Too soon for Battlefield 4 announcement? Bach doesn't think so.

"We have now announced we are putting a lot of effort into supporting Battlefield 3 and still we get reactions like this. I think it's just sad," he told Eurogamer. "We are dedicated to supporting Battlefield 3. People seem to be worried for all the wrong reasons."

Bach said he has heard similar complaints before with Battlefield 2, and claimed they are misguided.

"People tend to forget we built three other Battlefield games in between Battlefield 2 and Battlefield 3," Bach said. "That's a natural reaction. People then think we won't support Battlefield 3, even though we have the Premium version. People know we're working on future expansion packs and we've been very open in explaining what we are doing."

Ultimately, Bach said that he understands that some will be upset to learn DICE is working on more than Battlefield 3, but noted "people want something awesome in the future, and that takes time."

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