EA Will Release A New Battlefield Game In 2014

Posted on Dec 7 2013 - 11:06am by Milos M.
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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.


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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.



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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.

12 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. samuraigeek December 7, 2013 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    I think they will be developing Battlefield: Bad Company 3. Battlefield 5 will be released in 2015

  2. Anon December 7, 2013 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    DICE are developing Star Wars: Battlefront for 2015, not Battlefield 5.

    • cubs223425 December 8, 2013 at 3:39 am - Reply

      Por que no las dos?

  3. Sabun December 8, 2013 at 12:36 am - Reply

    Let’s hope it’s not them following in Activision’s path. [EA the destroyer of hopes, probably will]

  4. Stereotypical_White_Fella December 8, 2013 at 1:51 am - Reply

    bfbc3…dear god please.

  5. KuchikiSentou December 8, 2013 at 2:32 am - Reply

    Two big shooters from the same publisher in one year. With content for BF4.
    This is going to be hard to pull off.
    But no matter, it’s a shooter, so the dudebros are happy.

  6. cubs223425 December 8, 2013 at 3:48 am - Reply

    My level of faith in this is about 0, and this is form a person who hasn’t even played a Battlefield game (beyond a bit of the 360 demo). Assassin’s Creed is getting ruined by the annual cycle. Criterion released that abomination known as the same-generation “re-branding” of NFS: Most Wanted, and it basically put them in a position to where they said they’re not going to touch NFS again for a while (along with racers as a whole). They have no FPS development clout (has anyone ever played that game Black?), so handing them the keys to the DICE Ferrari’s probably going to result in a mess.

    Meanwhile, DICE can’t even get Battlefield 4 fixed. It’s so bad that they halted DLC development to fix it. If DICE can’t get their new game and engine under control, what makes anyone think Criterion can? So what do we have then, DICE LA to play along? Isn’t that made up of people from DICE and the leftovers from the Medal of Honor-killing Danger Close or whatever? Maybe the team that ruined Medal of Honor can carry the Battlefield series forward? Unlikely.

    Maybe EA should stop being run by idiots and figure out what common sense is. If they were smart in any way, they wouldn’t have rushed Battlefield 4 to market to beat Call of Duty to the mantle of “first FPS franchise to be totally screwed up on next-gen.” Battlefield 4 should have been held back until early-2014, it seems, because it’s debatable as to whether or not the game will even be stable by then. Instead, they’ve put out a broken game with DLC that breaks it MORE. EA wants to improve on that by giving a less-talented studio the chance to make a game in the franchise as well?

    EA: Worst Company, 2014. It’s going to happen. Again.

  7. KIRBYdaDOG December 8, 2013 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    a new beta they mean: betafield 5

  8. bruce December 8, 2013 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Let’s hope that is Bad Company 3 and not Battlefail 5. BF3 was solid but BF4 is complete garbage it’s the same as COD. But i fear that good days of Battlefield are long gone. BF2, 2142 and BC2, those were legendary games.

  9. Hayton Leung December 12, 2013 at 1:47 am - Reply

    this is to early for another battlefield

  10. Axl December 21, 2013 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Battlefield Bad Company 3 or a sort of spin-off to realease in digital that will be as concept and design in the way of Battlefield 1943 kind of modelled as some spin-off add-on stand-alone, little but attractive. Battlefield 5 will be on the way ready to be realeased in 2016-2017.

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