No More Battlefield 4 Content Updates, DICE Suggests
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Battlefield 4's content updates have come to an end. A producer at DICE LA, the team responsible for the military shooter's post-launch content, made the announcement recently on Twitter.
"We (as in DICE LA) are not planning to release more content on the BF4 CTE," Sirland said.
CTE stands for Community Test Environment, which is the method by which DICE tests new content and gathers feedback before releasing it publicly. Sirland went on to say the CTE will not be shut down, however. Additionally, Battlefield 4's servers will remain online and DICE will continue to monitor the servers and make adjustments as necessary.
Of course, nothing is set in stone, and the phrase "not planning" is not a definitive statement that no new content for Battlefield 4 will be released. But given that Battlefield 4 is more than two years old and a successor, Battlefield Hardline, is already in the market, it's somewhat surprising it's been supported as long as it has.
Battlefield 4 originally launched in October 2013 for last-generation consoles and PC, before coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in November of that year. It was the first entry in the series for those consoles and its release did not go well. The game faced widespread and critical server issues.
The problems, which were ultimately resolved, were so bad that EA admitted it lost players' trust.
The next mainline Battlefield game is currently in development and will arrive sometime during the second half of EA's fiscal year 2017. That translates to sometime between October 2016 and March 2017. A specific release date has not been announced and we don't know anything about the game outside of that it will return to the military-themed roots of Battlefield 4.
Sirland was asked repeatedly about what DICE LA is shifting to next, but he wouldn't say. "We're excited to share more info about future projects when the time is right..." he explained.
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