Activision imposed a new pace in this industry for some developers. The idea is create a huge franchise, this license has to be sufficiently important to have its own massive user base. Later, you have to release one game of this license each year and alternate its developing process between two studios (or more, that depends of the chef), easy as pie. EA could annualize Battlefield, according to Michael Pachter.
Michael Pachter, well-known for his theories, claims that Visceral Games (Dead Space, Dante’s Inferno), is working on a new Battlefield. This new chapter on the EA’s shooter could be released in EA’s 2015 financial year. This unconfirmed rumor doesn’t mean that DICE is going to left the series, this development just would mean that EA could annualize Battlefield.
Pachter commented upon this new Battlefield developed by Visceral Games (previously, he had confirmed that Visceral Games would be working on this game):
“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,”
I know what are you thinking; could this new game be based on Bad Company? Sincerely, I don’t know, but Lars Gustavsson, Creative Director at DICE, stated some time ago about this topic:
“The Bad Company [team] isn’t forgotten, they are just on a very long vacation,” adding that “… they are out there, they’re coming back.”
What do you think? Could EA annualize Battlefield?