It's official, DICE have cancelled both Battlefield 1943 and the Bad Company 2 Onslaught expansion for PCs. Instead, the developer will be shifting focus onto something much bigger than the two combined: Battlefield 3.
DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson made the announcement on the Battlefield.com blog, explaining that it was a hard decision to make but, nonetheless, a decision for the greater good.
"There comes a time when we as a studio have to choose where to best put our efforts. At DICE we're dedicated to taking care of our products after launch, and also hell bent on building new, innovative and high quality games," wrote Troedsson.
"This is one of those cross roads where I need to make a hard decision. While we'll continue supporting Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and previous games, it's time to look ahead to the next giant leap for DICE "“ the release of Battlefield 3, powered by the mighty Frostbite 2 engine. Our goal is crystal clear: we're going to build the best Battlefield game ever, and we'll do whatever it takes to make this the biggest launch in DICE's history."
"We know some of you eagerly have been awaiting Battlefield 1943 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Onslaught on PC. I'm sad to say that these two titles are now officially cancelled. Instead, our talented teams will focus on delivering the greatest possible gaming experience in our next behemoth release. We're confident this will lead to an even better experience in Battlefield 3, not only on PC, but on all platforms."
Depending on which way you look at it, this is either really good news or relatively bad news. Let's go with the former.