If there was any doubt that Battlefield 3 is coming in 2011 than this statement by EA CEO John Riccitiello should clear it up. He told industry gamers in an interview that Battlefield 3 is their big focus in Second Half of the year – 2011.
So that would make it quite close to Holidays 2011 release window. Anyway, you can read the full statement after the break – he is taking a notch on Activision and Treyarch.
Riccitiello questioned Activision’s leadership and Treyarch’s ability: “This management team started with this goal really two and a half years ago and our first entry really was Battlefield: Bad Company, and you’ll see a lot about Battlefield 3 next year, which I think is, at least from our perspective, designed to be the one that is the big leap forward; the one that is going to help a lot.
I don’t know that having two guys that probably don’t play the games, in the form of the CEO of Vivendi and the CEO of Activision, come out and say ‘Treyarch is our lead developer,’ like you could anoint that. They didn’t make a 90-rated game; I think it’s 86 now. I don’t think review scores are the be-all, end-all, but we all know a mid-90 when we see it, but this was mid-80s. I don’t think you could anoint them by an executive saying, ‘it’s so.’
The question, I think, really is, ‘what developer is going to put forward the next great FPS that sort of follows [what Infinity Ward did]?” It’s wishful thinking, and let’s hope for Activision’s sake they’re right. I think it’s far from proven that the gaming consumer views a product from Treyarch in the same category as a product from what was Infinity Ward.”
As for EA’s continued assault on the shooter category, Riccitiello added that “next year we’ll make a lot more progress. We’ve got a couple of third-party games in the form of Crysis 2 and Bulletstorm, and then our big focus is Battlefield 3 in the second half of the year. I’d be shocked if we didn’t take a notch out of [Activision].”
Source. Industry Gamers