Don't Expect Yearly Battlefield Titles from DICE
After a very successful release of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and now looking to deliver with Battlefield 3, many have wondered if DICE is planning on releasing yearly Battlefield titles. Franchises like Call of Duty, Tony Hawk, Guitar Hero, and many more have/are taking this money approach by doing yearly series' titles. In an interview with Gamerzines, though, DICE's Patrick Bach revealed that their team has no ambition of doing yearly titles.
"The business goals for us are not to release a game every year," he said. "To us, we need the time to be able to create the next game that consumers will hopefully like. If we were to release another big Battlefield title next year, that would mean that we'd have less than a year to build it, and that would mean that we'd have to have another studio building it for us, which would mean it wouldn't have that DICE seal of approval, which would mean they'd just have to release a copy of the game we just released. Ugh, no."
While the developer has no plans of doing yearly titles, we have seen certain publishers "force" their studios to this concept for revenue purposes. Bach revealed in the interview that EA has not asked for yearly titles or even mentioned the idea.
"EA would never force us to release a game every year," he said. "I think that would dilute the vision of the franchise, and you will eventually kill the franchise by doing that."
Later in the interview Bach was asked if they enjoyed taking the Bad Company 2 Vietnam DLC approach when planning add-ons. Bach simply said, "I think that's a more healthy way of expanding on the game experience. It's not a new game but a twist on your old game, and I think that's a healthier way of looking at a franchise rather than just trying to cram every single last penny out of it."