The lights are on
Marlowe, Sweetwater, Haggard, and Sarge may have another Battlefield adventure on the horizon.
Though the Battlefield 3 beta is in full swing and the game's October 25 release date is right around the corner, a forward-looking reporter for the The Guardian wanted to know what plans, if any, DICE has for the Battlefield spin-off series Bad Company. Producer Patrick Liu's answer should satisfy fans who were sad to see the rag-tag B Company crew take a furlough for the proper numbered sequel.
"We haven't killed Bad Company!" he said. "But we can only make so many games. Be patient – there might be something else coming up...
"We always have a couple of projects going on – some of them die, but
some are more fruitful. We don't have any plans to make Battlefield an
annual title – we want to make it ourselves we don't want anyone else
doing it! And no studio can make an annual franchise by themselves –
well, the sports titles can but they're a very different breed."
Liu also shed light on why DICE chose the Operation Metro map for the Battlefield 3 beta, which contrary to typical BF maps doesn't feature vehicular combat.
"I think there's been a misunderstanding of the term 'beta test'!" he said. "We ran
the alpha tests with a rush map and we wanted to have some sort of
reference so we could compare results – so we needed to have
more-or-less the same map. We do understand the concerns that we
didn't show a conquest map, but we have demoed Caspian Border, and we
did run a conquest map as a limited PC-only test."
In other Battlefield news, DICE posted a new blog that discusses the changes it plans to make for the retail release coming out of beta. Highlights include improved squad logistics, like the ability to create squads in a pre-game lobby, sticking
with your squad when joining a game,and inviting friends
to a squad and changing squads once in game. You can read the full list of changes here.
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