EA has refused to annualize the Battlefield franchise. Instead, they have switched off different brands each year starting in 2010 to compete with Activision’s mammoth Call of Duty franchise. Even-numbered years were Medal of Honor titles and odd-numbered years are Battlefield titles. Well, after 2012s cataclysmic Medal of Honor: Warfighter EA opted to shelve the franchise. So, what are they doing now?
According to Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter EA is having Criterion Games develop a military shooter that is probably a spin-off of the Battlefield franchise for a Fall 2014 release. He for sure thinks that we are going to get a Battlefield title before the end of Fiscal Year 2015 (March 31, 2015).
“Although EA has as yet to announce a Battlefield extension for FY15, we believe Criterion Games is working on a military shooter that may become a brand extension for the Battlefield franchise in FY15,” Pachter wrote in his note issued to press.
“We spoke with management on Thursday afternoon, and although they have not yet announced a version of Battlefield for FY15, they confirmed that our understanding is spot on and that if a version of Battlefield were to be released in FY15, it would be developed by a studio other than DICE.”
Criterion Games was the developer responsible for the Burnout franchise and took over Need for Speed in 2010 after years of sagging quality. This year EA formed Ghost Games to take over that franchise and Criterion confirmed that they were not working on anymore racing games.
Don’t expect an announcement anytime soon. EA and Dice have halted development on all future projects to fully fix Battlefield 4, a game that has been broken for many players and is making many people very angry. Announcing a new Battlefield so early would definitely earn EA the ire of many fans.