Battlefield 4 sticking to modern warfare
by Alexander Sliwinski
Battlefield 4 will be set in modern times, DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson revealed at GDC Europe today. The game, which was announced with no pomp last month, will have a beta sometime next year, but little else has been revealed. However, with a lag time of six years between Battlefield 2 and Battlefield 3, why did the studio go with Battlefield 4 so quickly instead of heading back to Bad Company?
"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," said Troedsson, continuing with a hint of sarcasm. "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."
However, he did go on to say, "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."
Hinting, in conclusion, "That doesn't mean there might not be a Bad Company game again in the future."
I often defend DICE and I don't think BF4 is too soon a release after BF3, yet I can't help but feel disappointed by this news.
I know it would be near impossible in today's shooter world to do a game without thousands of weapons and unlocks. BF1942 by today's standards would sadly be called "content light." What is more, a 2143 would look like a "Me too" title with the announced theme for BLOPS2, Planetside, Firefall, Tribes, and Ghost Recon Online.
Somehow it just feels like with this being the same theme, we are just getting another evolution of BF2 but without a new engine. Yet, I am okay with Borderlands 2 being roughly the same, but L4D2 pissed me off. No one complains about ArmA 3 being basically the same thing (where they will sell national armies like Sims 3 DLC).
For some reason, all I can muster about this game is a feeling that whatever is made is purely based on what will fit on a current generation console disc and because they couldn't revise broken systems and maps in BF3 entirely without a 5-9 gig patch they have decided to go BF4, which will in turn have a different pile of issues.
Are we at the point where we need subscriptions to AAA shooters just so they will finish the things rather than making the same thing over again?