Before Dragon Age 3 was officially announced last year a leaked survey revealed key character and plot details from the game. The information originated from a leaked survey from BioWare and Electronic Arts that aimed to gather information from the fanbase to help towards improving the followup to the disappointing Dragon Age 2.
Although denying it at first, BioWare attempted to have us take down the info, confirming it in fact from their survey, and it wasn't long before they unveiled the game. A similar survey leak this year may be providing interesting info about about another high profile EA franchise installment: Battlefield 4.
A NeoGAF user claims to have participated in an online survey for Battlefield 4. The questions looked for player reactions to marketing terms and sought to find out what they liked/disliked in terms of gameplay, from destructible environments to Battlelog 2.0 matchmaking. The most interesting bits described ideas for the game and its DLC:
- One idea for DLC is remaking the most popular maps from Battlefield 3 (Operation Metro & Caspian Border) with the Frostbite 3 engine. The DLC could be named Battlefield 4: Recommisioned, Battlefield 4: Reenlisted, Battlefield 4: War Torn, or Battlefield 4: Reconstructed.
- The second DLC concept was all about naval combat from ships to beachheads, and possible names include Battlefield 4: Naval Warfare/Combat and Battlefield 4: Steel Titans.
- The third DLC (if real) was seemingly designed for the Game Rant staff and is all about Dinosaurs... The idea mentioned something about co-op where players use old school weapons (bow and arrow) to fight dinosaurs. The user can't remember the exact name suggestions but mentioned one interesting one: Battlefield 4: 21942 BC as a neat and fun play on the original Battlefield 1942 game name.
While some may find the mention of dinosaurs to be an immediate red flag on the authenticity of the report, dinosaurs were long speculated (more fan desires, actually) to show up in Battlefield 3. The developers even went out of there way to include Easter Eggs to such an idea in two of their DLC expansions. If Treyarch's Call of Duty games can take a lighter stance on realism and focus on fun with their super successful zombies mode (which is a huge part of the game's pre-release buzz and marketing) so to should EA learn from it. Had DICE supported mods with Battlefield 3, we'd already be playing the Dino-Riders total conversion.
As for the less crazy, remakes of the Caspian and Metro BF3 maps are a safe bet and almost a certainty after seeing the Back to Karkand DLC maps (also all remakes) become so popular in BF3.
EA was reached for comment on the survey and didn't deny its existence, instead explaining that what's listed are simply potential ideas and themes.
"We value the feedback from our fans and are constantly looking for ways to improve our games. We conduct annual surveys that include topics that range from random ideas to specific themes to see what resonates. These are just some of the ideas included in our survey and not indicative of anything we have in the works."
Here's hoping for Dino DLC. We at Game Rant will never give up hope.
Let me know on Twitter @rob_keyes if you'd like to see Frostbite 3 powered dinosaurs on the Battlefield!