Battlefield 3 Producer, Patrick Liu, has said that “We don’t have any plans to make Battlefield an annual title”.
Activision may be perfectly happy to release a new Call of Duty game every year, but according to Battlefield 3 producer Patrick Liu, EA and DICE have no intention of turning their FPS into an annual franchise as well.
He said: “We don’t have any plans to make Battlefield an annual title – we want to make it ourselves, we don’t want anyone else doing it! And no studio can make an annual franchise by themselves – well, the sports titles can but they’re a very different breed.”
For once, Activision and EA may be in agreement about no studio making an annual FPS franchise by themselves – the Call of Duty franchise is obviously made by Treyarch and Infinity Ward in alternating years. However, you can’t help but think Liu’s comments may be a thinly veiled jab at DICE’s greatest rivals. Then again, that could just be me seeing smoke where there isn’t actually any fire.
Liu made the comments in an interview with The Guardian.
Speaking in the same interview, he also said that the studio still has future plans for the Bad Company series: “Well, we haven’t killed Bad Company! But we can only make so many games. Be patient – there might be something else coming up…”
The Battlefield 3 open beta is currently in full swing, with the game due out at the end of this month. Achievements for the game were recently revealed, and anyone suspected of cheating in the beta will feel the full force of the ban-hammer from DICE.
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