When the pre-order incentives for Medal of Honor: Warfighter were announced, revealing next year’s beta program for Battlefield 4, fans of the series were surprised for two reasons. Firstly, Battlefield 3 is only just now hitting its stride after a series of major updates and the launch of Battlefield Premium, which will see multiple content expansions release over the next year. The other reason this was baffling was because of expectations that the next franchise installment would be Battlefield: Bad Company 3.
Like the illusive, yet growing in-demand sequel to Mirror’s Edge, another Bad Company title is a certainty, so says Electronic Arts.
Ever since the pretty Frostbite 2 engine debuted with Battlefield 3, there’s been talk about a Frostbite-powered Mirror’s Edge 2. As recently as March a developer resume listed both Mirror’s Edge 2 and Bad Company 3 as projects they had worked on, and according to DICE executive producer Patrick Bach in an interview with IGN, EA is definitely not giving up on either series and would “never kill something that’s great.”
“The Bad Company IP is still something we love and it’s very dear to me because I worked on both titles. We have no information with where we are to a sequel to Bad Company, so I can’t tell you anything about that IP.”
As for Mirror’s Edge 2, Bach says, ”and of course we haven’t killed it, because it’s too good to kill.” The question is, when will EA position the titles for release and are both being timed as potential launch window games for the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox?
One issue holding back Bad Company is that the series began console-only with its sequel later getting ported to PC. Battlefield 3 proved that there’s a massive PC market to tap into, especially in this day and age where the current console generation is years behind in technology and the Frostbite 2 game engine can’t be taken advantage of on the current consoles. Battlefield 3 represented EA’s biggest video game launch to date so it’s easy to see why Battlefield 4 was the better business decision. It would be smart to have Battlefield 4 take place in the future (instead of doing more of what Battlefield 3 is already doing in its modern setting) and saving Bad Company 3 and Medal of Honor for its modern shooters.
Do we really need three sets of modern FPS titles running on the same engine? No.
As we look towards the future there are a lot of unanswered questions but it’s safe to say that fans of Battlefield and Mirror’s Edge have something to look forward to.
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