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.


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.

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"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.

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