DICE: Battlefield Yearly Release 'Would Kill The Franchise'

By Colin Tan on August 4, 2011, 12:47AM EDT

While a certain other rival shooter title has seen release every single year, Battlefield will not be following the same schedule, according to DICE who claim that releasing a Battlefield game on a yearly basis "would kill the franchise."

"The business goals for us are not to release a game every year," DICE Executive Producer Patrick Bach said to Gamerzines. "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.

"EA would never force us to release a game every year. I think that would dilute the vision of the franchise, and you will eventually kill the franchise by doing that," he added.

Bach further explained that with the Bad Company spin-off, DICE spent more time working on DLC and additional content like the VIP packs as well as Vietnam, which added whole new maps, vehicles and weapons to the game.

"What we noticed with Battlefield: Bad Company 2 was that if you spend enough time on making an expansion pack like Vietnam there's enough content to make it feel new and fresh. It's not only a map pack, its weapons and vehicles, and it makes the game feel fresh again," Bach 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."

Source: IndustryGamers

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