Despite offshoots oscillating between World War II, Vietnam, and the year 2142, the locus of the Battlefield franchise has been centered in the modern-military warfare setting since Battlefield 2 made its debut in 2005.
With Battlefield 3 flourishing as Electronic Arts’ and developer DICE’s most successful installment of the series to date, the hotly-selling Battlefield Premium service looking to propel its life cycle far into 2013, was there ever really any question, when Battlefield 4 was announced last month and appeared, as it still does, fast-tracking for an October 2013 release, that EA would tamper with the lucrative contemporary formula and head, say, back to the future or the 20th Century?
Maybe it’s our hindsight talking now, but we would have been a little surprised. In any case, DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson confirmed at GDC Europe today what many had likely suspected: Battlefield 4 will be set in the modern era of warfare. According to Joystiq, Troedsson revealed the news when discussing the factors that guide the Battlefield franchise:
“There’s a lot of things inspiring us as to how the franchise will move on. Everything from fans’ feedback, to market research and, of course, what we want to build ourselves. It’s not just one single thing. And, yes, I know Battlefield 4 is probably the most creative name we ever could come up with. I can’t comment any more on that games because it’s all secret.
“We still want to stay in this genre, the modern day as it is. We feel this is a place we can be and continue with the series. Battlefield 4 can live in this space and be very successful.”
Troedsson’s talk was part of a session that explored the prodigious history of the Battlefield franchise, aiming to convey how successful gaming entities were built, maintained, and could gather a loyal fanbase along the way. GDC Europe was thought to be a possible fount of Battlefield 4 insight – right now, the only concrete information attached to the game is its Fall 2013 beta – and while the time period isn’t a whole lot to go on, Troedsson did drop a hopeful hint for Bad Company fans, as well.
We broke down last month why Battlefield 4 is releasing so soon – and in lieu of Bad Company 3. While it’s understandable that EA would feel the need to capitalize on Battlefield 3’s overwhelming success, perhaps seeing the usurping of Call of Duty as an attainable goal, many are now left wondering if Preston Marlowe and co. will ever resume their duties after the well-received Battlefield Bad Company 2.
Troedsson – he wouldn’t rule it out. The company is committed to Battlefield 4 (and still 3!) right now, but he says, “that doesn’t mean there might not be a Bad Company game again in the future.”
Ranters, are you glad to see Battlefield 4 sticking literally to its modern-day guns? Where else can the series go, considering the already-wide reach of its 10-year history?
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