Patrick Bach had a lot of interesting things to say in a recent interview with Eurogamer. In it, he tried to defend the announcement of Battlefield 4. Specifically, it’s timing and how it relates to Battlefield 3.
People tend to forget we built three other Battlefield games in between Battlefield 2 and Battlefield 3, he told Eurogamer. That’s a natural reaction. People then think we won’t support Battlefield 3, even though we have the Premium version, people know we’re working on future expansion packs and we’ve been very open in explaining what we are doing.
He went on to say, ‘We heard that before with Battlefield 2. It was like, oh, you stopped supporting games! No, we’re working like hell, but we haven’t announced it yet. We have now announced we are putting a lot of effort into supporting Battlefield 3 and still we get reactions like this. I think it’s just sad. We are dedicated to supporting Battlefield 3. People seem to be worried for all the wrong reasons’.
I think he may be missing the issue. I don’t think anyone could be mad at them for announcing BF4 so soon, after mapping out this long series of content coming out for BF3. I think the problem people are having with the announcement, is that it’s going to stay within the same modern setting as BF3.
What I assume most people are concerned about, is Battlefield going the way of Call of Duty. We don’t want minor changes and little to no graphical updates in between versions and then slapping a full price tag on the game. What makes it even worse, is that in the same interview, he went on to say how they made BF3 exactly the way they wanted to.
But in general, this was the game we tried to build, and if that was right or wrong that’s up to the consumer to judge. Battlefield 3, the brain goes, like, what will it be? This is it. This is the game we wanted to build. And we and apparently 15 million other people are quite happy with it. So personally I’m super proud of the game.
Indeed, you should be super proud of it. Battlefield 3 is a great game. However, where are you taking the series next? Complacency is intolerable, so if the settings and, presumably, the graphics aren’t making any massive overhauls, what’s your next move?
Are you going to go even bigger and bolder with the maps? Or are you going to tone down the scope a bit for a more tactical environment? It’ll be interesting to see where DICE takes the Battlefield series, next. Hopefully, it’s in a good direction. Which, given their history, is almost assuredly the case.