Battlefield: Hardline 'no way means' DICE is done with Battlefield 4
With the announcement of Battlefield: Hardline coming this fall, DICE VP Karl Magnus Troedsson took to Battlefield blog to assure fans that it "no way means" the studio is done working on last year's Battlefield 4 game.
"Nothing could be further from the truth," Troedsson said. "The Visceral team is leading the development of Hardline, while the DICE team continues to drive [Battlefield 4]. We are committed to giving you the best [Battlefield 4] experience possible."
So how does the studio plan on doing that? Through continue support, a netcode patch, expanding the community test environment, and adding more features. You can read Troedsson's expanded response for each of those main points below.
Continued Support: There are dedicated BF4 teams in Stockholm, Uppsala and LA that will continue to address any issues that might occur. But more importantly will also look to make significant additions to the game.
Netcode Patch: We are also working on a major update to the Battlefield 4 netcode.
Community Test Environment: We launched and are planning to expand our Community Test Environment. You can see the CTE as our labs environment in which we’ll continue testing out new additions, improvements etc. before we go live with them. We’re expanding the CTE program to give more and more players the chance to test new additions.
More Features: Other features rolled out recently such as Squad Join, Rent-A-Server and Loadout Presets, many which have been directly requested by you in the community. This trend will continue.
"The games we develop are services. We focus on taking care of the games post launch, delivering new content to those of you who want it and always working hard to increase quality of play. We also continue to work hard to keep investing in areas where you tell us you see opportunities for improvements and new features. Yes, we’re very excited to partner with Visceral on the development of Battlefield Hardline, but ongoing work to refine and enhance BF4 remains a top priority," Troedsson concluded.
Battlefield: Hardline was formally announced yesterday. It'll center around the war on crime, particularly focusing on the battle between cops and criminals. It's an interesting way for Visceral to take the series and at E3 we should get a more in-depth look at the game. Leaked footage of Hardline was revealed to be from an internal meeting that took place six months ago. Fans can tune in to EA's E3 media briefing on Monday, June 9, at 12:00pm PDT