Unlike some publishers who milk their franchises every year (*cough* Activision/Call of Duty *cough*), DICE is against releasing annual editions of their main Battlefield series, according to DICE’s Patrick Bach. Bach recently said in an interview with GameZines:
“The business goals for us are not to release a game every year. 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.”
He pretty much takes a swipe here at Activision and the annual Call of Duty franchise, which has been split between two developers. There has been little to no advancement in the series since the original Modern Warfare was released in 2007. To use Bach’s term, it has been “a copy of a copy”, without much originality or any new features.
Bach also said that EA would never force DICE to do annual releases, and that such a thing would “dilute the franchise” and eventually kill it. Instead of doing annual releases, DICE is more confident in doing expansion packs, like the recently released (and highly successful) Vietnam expansion to Bad Company 2.
We wholeheartedly agree with Bach’s statements. Having an annual Battlefield release — the main series, not BF1943, BF Heroes or BF Play4Free — would dilute the franchise in the same fashion which Activision has diluted Modern Warfare.