Annual Battlefield Would Kill

Published on August 3rd, 2011

DICE’s Patrick Bach has suggested that the team has no plans to release a new Battlefield game next year, saying that releasing a Battlefield game each year “will eventually kill the franchise”.

“The business goals for us are not to release a game every year,” said ′s Executive Producer talking to GamerZines last week.

“To us, we need the time to be able to create the next game that consumers will hopefully like. If we were to release another big Battlefield title next year, that would mean that we’d have less than a year to build it, and that would mean that we’d have to have another studio building it for us, which would mean it wouldn’t have that DICE seal of approval, which would mean they’d just have to release a copy of the game we just released. Ugh, no.

“EA would never force us to release a game every year. I think that would dilute the vision of the franchise, and you will eventually kill the franchise by doing that.”

But when asked whether EA could adopt a similar model to Activision, which sees two different studios rotating work on Call of Duty to ensure a new title is released each year, Bach said that while possible “in theory, that would be the day”.

“I know for sure that there aren’t any discussions about doing that,” he continued. “That would be the killing blow for the franchise.”

It was suggested in June that EA would alternate its Battlefield and Medal of Honor series’ each year, suggesting a new Medal of Honor game may be poised for a 2012 launch.

Bach did suggest, however, that instead of continually pumping out new releases, creating big expansions for Battlefield 3, similar to what the studio did with Battlefield: Bad Company 2′s Vietnam expansion, may be the way forward.

“What we noticed with Battlefield: Bad Company 2 was that if you spend enough time on making an expansion pack like Vietnam there’s enough content to make it feel new and fresh. It’s not only a map pack, it’s weapons and vehicles, and it makes the game feel fresh again.

“I think that’s a more healthy way of expanding on the game experience. It’s not a new game but a twist on your old game, and I think that’s a healthier way of looking at a franchise rather than just trying to cram every single last penny out of it.”

Battlefield 3 launches on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on October 28th.

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