2014 ‘Battlefield’ Spinoff In Development At Criterion or Visceral?

Dec 9, 2013 by  

Battlefield 2014 spinoff ideas
In their never-ending question to take the modern FPS crown from Activision’s dominant Call of Duty franchise, publisher Electronic Arts enlisted Danger Close Games to revive Medal of Honor with a modern spin to run alongside their flagship Battlefield franchise by DICE. It didn’t quite deliver and EA admitted it didn’t meet their quality expectations.

That didn’t stop them from trying again with Medal of Honor: Warfighter, an even bigger disappointment – one that we knew was coming. Why would EA launch another modern FPS running on the same game engine as Battlefield 3 with a smaller feature set? It was impossible for it to succeed and now Medal of Honor is dead (again) although EA says it will eventually make another comeback. So, now there’s talk of annualizing Battlefield. Cue the groans.

Before we even look ahead, let’s look at the nowBattlefield 4 launched in – and arguably still is- in a borderline broken, beta form. Some users consistently have connectivity issues, the retail package came with lackluster offerings (shorter campaign, dropped co-op, only 10 maps, etc.). It’s so problematic that EA has officially delayed its pre-planned DLC offerings to focus on the bugs before attempting to further monetize the title. Still, sales are reportedly down versus Battlefield 3 and when combined with slightly less flattering reviews and the quality issues, Battlefield isn’t in as good a spot as it should be from everything they’ve learned with their last three modern shooters.

Medal of Honor Warfighter Review

This is why we facepalm when hearing reports that EA might just be moving ahead with an annual Battlefield release, by a different developer. Industry analyst Michael Pachter tells Eurogamer that Criterion Games (who handed over the Need For Speed franchise to Ghost Games) might be working on a Battlefield spinoff for EA’s next fiscal year.

NeoGAF user Nirolak compiled a rather comprehensive list of evidence that it’s actually Dead Space developer Visceral Games who might be working on another Battlefield title. They did after all help with the Battlefield 3: End Game DLC although they’re currently reportedly developing a Star Wars game for EA.

With Titanfall and Destiny earning the most buzz and acclaim during the events circuit this year (E3, Gamescom, etc.) and DICE now working away on Star Wars: Battlefront (yet another highly anticipated sci-fi shooter), EA should be aiming to do something different with the series. There will be additional content for BF4 coming throughout 2014 so launch another similar (potentially lesser) game would be another formula for financial and critical failure a la Medal of Honor.

What would be interesting is taking the series in another direction. Go back to WWII, go back to the 2142 setting (although Titanfall sort of fills that void), make a full campaign co-op Bad Company title, explore a different genre/playstyle or have them slow down and work on making Battlefield 5 bigger and better than both of its predecessors. Otherwise, they might just be shooting themselves in the foot.

What do you want from the Battlefield series?

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Sources: EurogamerGI.biz, MCV, Nirolak

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  1. I thought MOH: Warfighter was better than most of the reviews made it out to be. It wasn’t a must own game but I had fun with it for a while. I think that if they do this they should go back to a WW2 setting. There are a lot of modern and future settings for FPS games. No need to add to the bunch. Or they should do a 3rd person battlefield spin off as there is not enough good 3rd person shooters.

  2. Love the top picture. LOL

  3. I personally think that EA needs to do a lot more than release spin-offs and failures. Medal of Honor was great and it always will be for sure despite the crap the last two Medal Of Honor’s received. If they go the same route with Battlefield releasing a new game every year like Call of Duty, Battlefield will become less and less with each release. MW2/3 were utter disappointments as far as Multiplayer goes because of all the punks who hack. I hope COD: Ghosts can revive that lost respect COD had back during it’s first two releases, Black Ops 2 restored some of that respect for me because I felt that it was a solid addition to the COD franchise.

    I think Battlefield should be left in the hands of DICE and not given to a company we probably haven’t heard about. I think the smarter move here for EA would be to release Battlefront and set everything else aside so more people can work on Battlefront to regain a lot of respect from fans and not breaking an already solid franchise like Mass Effect was. They butchered Mass Effect by going the route of small release windows with yearly spreads, there was a year spread between ME2 and ME3 if you rush release polishing is half assed and that’s not good for any company.

    • Yeah, if they went the route of setting everything else aside and worked on Battlefront would mean more people and more money to pay said people. But, when you look at it, more people equals better games.

  4. With Titanfall and Battlefield being revamped, I really doubt it will be 2142. I would LOVE to see a WWII game using the frostbite 3 engine.

    • The more I think about it, I do too.

      But go big. This 4-hour campaign with standard multiplayer mode, same player counts and no co-op is such fail.

      Go BIG. double or triple the player counts. Make the entire campaign playable with a squad of friends, add the missing details (i.e. when player enters a vehicle, show them enter the vehicle), etc.

  5. They have released 2 patches in the past 2 weeks, and since then, I haven’t experienced any of the bugs and crashes that happened before. So I THINK they fixed them…

  6. Dice is already stretching itself thin aren’t they working on battlefront and mirror edge I like them but I think ea is pushing them to the limit

  7. Battlefield 4, with everything fixed, has the potential to surpass BF3′s success. I love what I have experienced thus far, though I have experienced a few less-than-expected issues with the multi-player. Just give it a little time… the fixes are coming.

  8. Hey Rob. Glad to see at least somebody has their head screwed on right. Battlefield 4 is a huge disappointment over Battlefield 3. BF3 is an excellent game and there are a whole lot of us that would love to see Bad Company 3, or another map pack for Bad Company 2. Rental servers for BC 2 would be sweet..! EA and Dice laid a few eggs on MOH 2010 and Warfighter… Also, a huge egg was laid with Battlefield 4. Tell Dice and EA to give us what WE want? Not , not what they want to force down our throats. Game on brother….!

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