With the release of Battlefield 3 , DICE introduced its new Frostbite 2 game engine and brought the series bang up-to-date with its modern day setting. With Battlefield 2 getting its final new release in 2006, gamers wouldnt be that surprised to wait a few more years for Battlefield 4 to arrive. Thats not the case, however, and you will be able to play the new game next year.
Battlefield 4 was announced in July without any real detail being divulged. However, with the Game Developer Conference in Europe running this week, DICE has decided to release some small slither of new details.
It has been confirmed that Battlefield 4 will take place in the same modern day setting as BF3, and it will not take 6 years to get it ready to ship. Karl Magnus Troedsson, general manager at DICE, stated that they expect a much quicker turnaround mainly because gamers want more Battlefield as soon as possible. They also arent developing another new engine for BF4 to use, which saves years on development time.
The decision to stick with a modern day setting is because DICE believe they can do a lot more with it, and this could be where the series stays for a number of releases. I doubt many will complain about that.
DICE must also be looking at the success Activision has had with the Call of Duty series, which manages a release a new title each year and sells millions with every iteration. DICE and EA clearly both want the same from the Battlefield series, even if they dont deliver every 12 months.
If youre a Battlefield fan, then the good news is you will be able to play Battlefield 4 next year. However, EA will be forcing you to purchase another game in order to gain access. The beta will be limited to gamers who pre-order and purchase the Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition, which launches on October 23.
The most surprising thing about that limited beta access is it doesnt seem to include gamers who signed up to the Battlefield Premium service. Surely they need some beta love, too?
For the time being it seems Battlefield: Bad Company games have taken a backseat, but Troedsson said we shouldnt rule out another Bad Company game appearing at some point in the future. For now the focus is on the main series, though.