Don’t expect the Battlefield series to get annual releases anytime soon to fill the hole left by Medal of Honor. Battlefield 4 executive producer Patrick Bach told Videogamer that the studio simply “can’t build a game at DICE every year”.
Bach said a yearly release wasn’t necessary, and was not part of the “core Battlefield idea” due to the longevity of previous titles.
“You saw with Battlefield 3, for instance, it’s not that there’s not an urge for more Battlefield,” Bach said. “You mentioned [Battlefield] Premium — we [had] 18 months worth of Battlefield and people want more things during that time. Now it’s been almost two years and people feel like they are continuously playing – we still have huge amounts of players playing Battlefield 3.”
Due to the difficulties surrounding an annual release, Bach said DICE are considering the possibility of a constant stream of new add-on content rather than more standalone titles. Bach added that “Battlefield is almost turning into a first-person shooter/vehicular combat platform.”
“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 will be released on October 31 for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 with the PlayStation 4, and Xbox One releasing in November.