Gaming business analyst Michael Pachter has recently been informed by EA that the publisher will release a new Battlefield title in 2014. This game won’t be developed by DICE which is kind of a surprise, but when you think about it, it clearly isn’t. DICE has too much trouble at the moment, first of all they need to fix Battlefield 4 since people have been encountering all sorts of issues making this game almost unplayable.
After they finish fixing Battlefield 4 (if they fix it, that is) DICE will be working on future Battlefield 4 DLC’s and then on Mirrors Edge 2 and Star Wars: Battlefront, so involvement of the studio in the upcoming Battlefield game is out of the question.
Here is what Michael Prachter told to Kotaku:
“Although they have not yet announced a version of Battlefield for FY:15, they confirmed that our understanding is spot on and that if a version of Battlefield were to be released in FY:15, it would be developed by a studio other than DICE,”
There have been lots of rumors about who will replace DICE in this new sequel, Criterion Games (Burnout’s developer) has been one of the names mentioned in this conundrum. However Alex Ward, head of Criterion Games Studio hasn’t confirmed nor denied this information on his Twitter account.
Michael Pachter has said that Visceral Games (Dead Space 3′s developer) one more name that has been mentioned in this soap opera, is the most likely candidate to develop the new Battlefield game.
EA’s decision is quite in contradiction to its CFO – Blake Jorgensen’s statement that he gave recently. He said that annualizing a franchise could be problematic from a business and creative perspective, he also added:
“You also want to be really careful that you don’t destroy the franchise along the way,” and ”You’ve got to make it exciting and different, but at the same time you want to make sure you maintain a great franchise.” He also explained that core Battlefield games can’t be developed in under two years, necessitating that development be spread across at least two studios.
So what should we make of all this? Do we need one more Battlefield game? Especially if you consider the state of Battlefield 4 now , which is not that great to say the least. EA is trying to annualize the Battlefield franchise like Activision did with Call Of Duty. Could this be Bad Company 3? Or some new futuristic Battlefield sequel to Battlefield: 2142?
We really think that Battlefield 5 isn’t on the menu, but then again you can never be too sure with EA.
Whatever the case may be, EA should be aware that the Battlefield community has had enough of their “Beta versions” on launch and should really take this into account before releasing another broken game. They seem to be taking the line of the COD franchise business model of just rehashing the same old game and selling at a premium.
We all saw how the Medal of Honor franchise ended.