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DICE cancels PC versions of Battlefield 1943 and Onslaught for Bad Company 2

Thursday, 3 February 2011 16:51 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

DICE has taken to the Battlefield blog to announced it has canceled the PC port of Battlefield 1943 and well as the Onslaught for Bad Company 2 on PC.

According to Karl Magnus Troedsson, general manager of DICE, the firm’s priority has sifted from released products to development of Battlefield 3, but still plans to support BFBC2.

“In my day to day work, I look at our release schedule and the studio’s capacity, weighing them against our wild ambitions to create awesomeness,” wrote Troedsson. “I often need to make hard calls regarding where we put the studio’s focus. Part of the challenge is to balance work on the new against the already shipped, prioritizing the amount of energy spent on the known franchises and the time spent on developing something entirely new.

“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 canceled. 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.”

Back in May 2009, DICE was noncommittal regarding whether Onslaught would be released on PC, due to concerns over too many 32-player dedicated servers being switched over to the four-player mode.  The firm said it would bring it to PC only if it would not affect players who didn’t their own server to run it on.

Onslaught was released on June 22 and 23 for PS3  and Xbox 360, respectively.

In November of last year, EA Games VP Patrick Soderlund said information on the PC version of Battlefield 1943 would be coming in “the not too distant future,” promising the title was still under development for the format.

Previous to Soderlund’s comment, the EA Store got gamers hopes up when it listed the game as being for sale, but it was later removed as a posting error.

Battlefield 1943 was released digitally on PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2009.

Meanwhile, in regards to Battlefield 3, the game is expected to be released within the final six months of 2011, with a formal reveal at GDC on March 1 as part of an EA Partners press conference.

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35 Comments

  1. DSB

    Shocked. Shocked and appalled.

    Except not.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. back_up

    Pirated PC gamers deserve it

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Maximum Payne

    @2 You are boring.Bad company 2 is sold twice as much as console version so STFU.Also WHO the hell want 1943 ? I am not.And for Onslaught it just not needed.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. back_up

    where is the proof ?
    due to steam sales BC2 PC players were peak but console players were outnumbering Pc users before

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Stardog

    This is what happens when you work for EA.

    Bioware are finding it out too and their game quality is decreasing since ME1.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. DSB

    The problem with that, Payne, is that Bad Company 2 would have to be selling roughly a third more than EA have said to beat out consoles.

    As for who wanted to played 1943? I did. But it was pretty obvious that they were never going to get their asses in gear.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. DSB

    Serious, PatGar. Edit function. By yesterday.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Maximum Payne

    Well I just want Battlefield 3 to have awesome PC version then 1943 and Onslaught…And maybe you wanted 1943 but how many more PC people ? I think it is better that they give us Vietnam instead don’t you think ?You would give 12 quid also for 1943 which contain 2 map i think.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. NeoSquall

    I’m appalled.
    I hope EA will at least refund those who preordered 1943.

    And @2 you bored us to hell and beyond.
    Just fuck off.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Kalain

    Is back_up the new Loki?

    You could tell they weren’t coming out due to their stance on the games whenever asked about them. Simple as. I’m more shocked that it has taken them this long to tell people that they have been cancelled.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. blackdreamhunk

    So what will pc gamers get out of all this? Like battlefield 3 was not going to be on the pc any way. I mean pc gamers are now missing out on Battlefield 1943 and Onslaught for Bad Company 2.

    Maybe dice does not care about pc gamers no more there should be some sort of trade off here.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Maximum Payne

    http://www.mygaming.co.za/news/news/5549-Battlefield-Bad-Company-sales-strong.html

    ”there are frequently more PC gamers online than there are Xbox 360 and PS3 players combined.”

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Old MacDonald

    Somewhat disappointing. It’s a game I was going to buy, but on the other hand I don’t actually know if I would have played it that much. The problem with most of these multiplayer games is that they prominently feature other people, and other people are frequently shit.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Kalain

    @back_up

    Do you want sales numbers per console vs PC or sales numbers for All consoles vs PC?

    I’m sure All consoles vs PC, the consoles sold more. BUt as for platform vs platform, the PC might have them licked individually. I can’t be sure but I’m not really going to search for the sales totals (of which they will be skewed since several sites don’t release sales figures).

    I know, why don’t you get sales figures to prove that it sold more than the PC on a platform vs platform basis. Remember, ‘Consoles’ isn’t a platform for PS3 and 360 are..

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Grimrita

    Oh well – who cares about a shoddy port? I dont. After the bug filled BC2 on the PC, DICE need to focus on delivering a quality product.

    As for back up – World of Warcraft is played by more PC players than ALL the console gamers put together and this is a PAID for game.

    So please, crawl back under your stone. The PC is still the beast of gaming and deserves respect.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. loki

    Ha-ha-ha-ha

    Pirated PC gamers deserve it

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Anaron

    I’d say it was pretty obvious that the PC version of Battlefield 1943 wasn’t coming. As for Onslaught mode, I didn’t think much of it.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. JoeX111

    I believe you’ve misquoted the guy. It should read:

    “We’re confident this will lead to an even better experience in Battlefield 3, only not on PC.”

    #18 4 years ago
  19. NeoSquall

    Wait, I see now.

    I’m sorry back up, I didn’t know you’re just grieving after a big loss in your life.
    I know that sometimes the anger is so much that you can’t just unleash on someone in the real world because they would beat you senseless, thus leading you to cry on these pages.

    I’m sorry, I didn’t want to upset you more.

    Please accept my excuse.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. DSB

    Here we go:

    http://gamrreview.vgchartz.com/sales/31444/battlefield-bad-company-2/

    http://gamrreview.vgchartz.com/sales/31438/battlefield-bad-company-2/

    http://www.vg247.com/2010/11/02/ea-q2-financials-bfbc2-sells-6-million/

    Those charts aren’t definitive, but based on circumstancial data they’re accurate within a certain margin. EAs own statistics are rock solid.

    Now let’s start kidding ourselves that through some weird ripple in the space-time continuum, Bad Company 2 actually sold more on PC than on consoles.

    @11 Great job quoting an article that quotes ANOTHER supposed second hand source, whose website has since ceased to exist.

    And it was never a question of BF:1943 OR Vietnam. They said they’d do a port of the latter, which was extremely well recieved on consoles, and built on the same engine as Bad Company 2 and Vietnam, so yeah, obviously I was interested.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. DSB

    ^^ *former rather than latter. Edit, seriously, now.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. freedoms_stain

    According to bfbcs there are 2.4 million PC players, 2.6 million 360 players, and 2 million PC players, however right now there are more than 28k PC players online vs less than 15k each on PS3 and 360.

    So piracy doesn’t seem to be hurting the Battlefied series very hard.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Kalain

    @DSB

    Was that aimed at me or the guy beneath my post since I didnt quote any article.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. DSB

    Sorry about that Kalain. It was obviously aimed at 14.

    Fucked by the lack of an edit funtion again :)

    #24 4 years ago
  25. freedoms_stain

    yeah, and I meant 2 million Ps3 players

    DAMN YOU LACK OF EDIT BUTTON!

    #25 4 years ago
  26. DSB

    Dude, if we all hold hands, and wish for an edit button really bad, it will appear. I know it, I just do!

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Gazza636

    shame that pc users dont get to play both,they are great.:-(

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Gekidami

    ^ 1943 was fucking terrible, imo…

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Redh3lix

    I’ve got 1943 on my PS3 and think it’s far too a shallow game for my PC, and all PC gamers tbh. Put it against BF:BC 2 and you’ll see what I mean. They may as well concentrate their efforts on Battlefield 3. :)

    #29 4 years ago
  30. freedoms_stain

    1943 is fun, but it’s like bf-lite.

    It’s a good intro into the series.

    I don’t think I’d enjoy BC2 as much as I do if I hadn’t come to 1943 1st

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Yoshi

    Even though I’m slightly gutted 1943 was never guna be too great on PC when we already had BC2 and Onslaught would have been nice if it gave you atleast a tad of xp at the end but it doesn’t XD So it’s just a time waster. BRING ON BF3 FFS DICE DON’T FUCK IT UP!

    #31 4 years ago
  32. AHA-Lambda

    i’m not surprised *sigh*

    i love the pc and at times it truly can be the best platform imo but its shit like this that can seriously hold it back and even bring it down =(

    #32 4 years ago
  33. TheWulf

    I’m confused. What did we do to back_up?

    I hope none of the PC gamers here took their rig over to his place to demonstrate just how amazing a decently kitted out computer can look when connected up to an entertainment system. If that happened then I suppose I could sort of understand his anger.

    No one wants to see that. I did that once to a 360 owning cousin and he wept for hours. It’s just not cool.

    (360/PS3 owners, my apologies for the above. This is not how I actually think, but it was entirely deserved in regards to back_up and his trolololol-ish shenanigans. :P)

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Yoshi

    @4 Just to counter your troll thirst but you do realise that not all Bad Company 2 versions are connected to Steam right? So you can’t go off Steam for sales.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. nemsis

    Pirated PC gamers deserve it
    +1

    #35 4 years ago

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    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]

  • Watch Dogs sold more than GTA 5 and FIFA 15 in Australia in 2014

    Watch Dogs outsold GTA 5, and FIFA 15, at retail in Australia last year. According to data obtained by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) from the NPD Group Australia, last year’s year retail sales charts look a bit different in Australia. The top-selling game was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, followed by Watch […]

  • Watch PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GDC 2015

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • Dying Light: Hard Mode and Ultimate Survivor Bundle out March 10

    Dying Light’s second DLC drop, the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, and the free Hard Mode, have been given a solid release date alongside a new trailer. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, the game’s second DLC drop, will release March 10. The DLC is part of the season pass, but will […]

  • Exploration puzzler Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4

    Ether One, the first-person exploration game that puts you in the minds of other people to help change events of their past is coming to PlayStation 4 this year. Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4 this year, developer White Paper Games announced at GDC 2015. A retail version will also be available alongside the […]

  • Larian “murdered” Divinity: Dragon Commander to focus on Original Sin

    Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian talked very candidly about the business side of development and the many unfortunate events that took place for the game to come out as it did. Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke gave a post-mortem on the troubled development of Divinity: Original Sin, and how it managed to overcome all of […]

  • Firewatch probably has the most natural dialogue of any game to date

    Firewatch developer Campo Santo has revealed the first ever gameplay footage of the upcoming exploration game. Firewatch is the first game from super indie studio Campo Santo. The game is set in the Wyoming forests where the player will be exploring the environment and act as a fire lookout. The game features extensive voice-acting as […]

  • White Night launch trailer is a noir thriller trip

    White Night is here, not long after it was revealed and with a mysterious launch trailer. White Night, the black-and-white survival horror set in 1930s Boston, has revealed its launch trailer. White Night is mix of old-school horror, exploration and puzzling solving in an eerie, noir setting. The game’s main mechanic is light. any object […]

  • Free-to-play is “a significant part” of PlayStation’s digital future

    Free-to-play games on PlayStation 4 have seen enough growth that Sony is now considering the model a major part of its future digital business. Sarah Thompson, senior account executive for PlayStation’s free-to-play business said at a GDC panel that Sony has witnessed impressive growth in the free-to-play sector. “We’re really looking at this as a […]

  • Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter documentary releasing free on YouTube

    Broken Age making of documentary Double Fine Adventure will be made available to all. When Double Fine turned to crowdfunding, changing the industry forever, it promised to give an unprecedented look behind the scenes with a professional documentary of the whole development process of Broken Age. That documentary was initially restricted to Kickstarter backers, but […]

  • Gone Home console ports cancelled following Midnight City difficulties

    Gone Home won’t be made available to the console masses after all. Indie hit Gone Home was announced for console release almost exactly one year ago, and we’ve heard absolutely nothing since then. Turns out, that’s because it’s not happening: developer the Fullbright Company confirmed to Eurogamer that the ports have been cancelled. “Our publishing […]

  • Microsoft rang Mojang the day Notch joked about selling

    Minecraft developer Mojang was sold because founder Markus “Notch” Persson made a joke on Twitter. Ever wondered how Minecraft came to be a Microsoft property? It’s actually a pretty great story. Remember when Notch tweeted this? Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking update rolling out

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been updated to help fix its tragic matchmaking. Again. Now almost four months old, Halo: The Master Chief Collection was still pretty broken as of this morning, with rubbish matchmaking and plenty of other issues to go around. 343 Industries is still trying to fix it, and has today […]

  • Nvidia unveils Shield, an Android 4K Smart TV set top box

    Nvidia has named yet another product “Shield” in an attempt to render us all hopelessly confused. The heart of Nvidia’s GDC 2015 press conference was the Shield, a $200 Android set top box launching in May. Apparently the “world’s first 4K Android TV”, the Shield supports 4K content encoded with h.265. The box runs on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront footage shown behind closed doors

    Star Wars Battlefront is being shown to retailers. Now we want EA to show it to us. Star Wars Battlefront is expected sometime this year, so it’s about time EA gave us a look at DICE’s latest. It turns out that while press and gamers have had to twiddle their thumbs, EA is showing it […]

  • Dragon Age lead creative moves onto mysterious new BioWare project

    Dragon Age creator David Gaider is leaving his baby behind. Dragon Age is a team effort, but Gaider was one of the key creatives behind the franchise, creating the setting of Thedas (which, I was recently amused to learn, is an acronym: “THE Dragon Age Setting”). He was lead writer on all three games and […]

  • Unity 5 available for free with “no fucking around”

    Unity 5 looks amazing, and you can download and faff about with it for free right now. “We’re not nickel-and-diming people. When we say it’s free, it’s free. We’re not charging a royalty, which I think is akin to looking for whales.” Unity Technologies announced the release of the fifth version of its popular, simple, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 may be the end of the series

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 released yesterday, and many fans theorise that it marks the end of the series. Five Nights at Freddy’s developer Scott Cawthon has released a new teaser image on his website, but rather than pointing to a new game, many fans believe the teaser signals the end of the series. The […]

  • Source 2 announced, will also be free

    Valve has formally unveiled Source Engine 2, the third major engine to go free to developers at GDC 2015. Source 2 is the successor to the engine Valve has been using since Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2. Valve didn’t have much to say about the technicalities of this long-awaited release. It is apparently focused on […]

  • SteamVR: Valve’s Lighthouse tech allows you to walk around while playing

    SteamVR’s key differentiator is a piece of tech allowing headsets to connect with other devices for extra accurate, room-scale tracking. Valve has announced a new bit of technology called Lighthouse, which it is making freely available to any hardware manufacturer. Like the extra tracking LEDs on Sony’s updated Project Morpheus, Lighthouse improves the headset’s accuracy, […]

  • Steam Machines, Controller, streaming box to launch in November

    Steam Machines will finally become a reality before the end of the year. Valve’s living room PC systems will release in November, the company announced today. Well, I say Valve’s – the idea behind Steam Machines is that a number of manufacturers will offer variously priced systems. Alienware and Falcon Northwest are among the dozen […]

  • Telltale veterans form new team, announce teen thriller Oxenfree

    Oxenfree is a supernatural teen thriller from some of the team behind Telltale Games’ award-winning adventures. New indie Night School Studios unveiled Oxenfree at GDC 2015. It tells the story of a group of friends who accidentally open a “ghostly rift” at an overnight party on the coast. Night School, which is made up of […]

  • PS4 global sales now stand at over 20.2 million

    The PS4 has sold 20.2 million units worldwide. Sony announced the new PS4 sales milestone at GDC 2015 today. It’s a hell of an achievement and salt in the wounds for Microsoft, which hasn’t updated us on Xbox One sales since it shipped “almost” 10 million back in November last year, and has fallen back […]

  • PS4 VR headset Morpheus out in 2016, capable of 120 FPS – video

    Sony’s VR headset Project Morpheus has some impressive grunt. Virtual reality and Morpheus were the heart of Sony’s GDC 2015 presentation today, ahead of its newly announced first-half 2016 comemrcial launch. SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida detailed the headset’s impressive capabilities, notably the fact that it can handle 120 FPS VR games. The PS4 […]

  • Papo & Yo developer making a VR game about dinosaurs

    Some days you write a headline and it makes you so happy that that you have to do a little chair dance, you know what I mean? Papo & Yo developer Minority Media, whom I would personally go to the wall for after they cut out my heart and stomped on it via the medium […]

  • Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight and more in big ole bunch of indies coming to Xbox One

    Xbox One owners are about to receive a pile of great new indie games. At GDC 2015, Microsoft revealed a list of new indie games headed to Xbox One. Some of these titles have already released on other platforms, so it looks like Microsoft has really relaxed the parity clause of ID@Xbox – or perhaps […]

  • Here’s an indie VR game made with Unreal Engine 4

    GDC 2015 is blowing up with indie games, VR and Unreal Engine 4, so here’s a video combining all three. Loading Human is a virtual reality adventure from indie developer Untold Games. It’s in the works for Mac and PC, and Sony has given an early green light for Project Morpheus, too, so expect it […]

  • GTA Online: Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode coming next week

    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

    Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has announced the game’s name has been changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set. The new title was formed via the developer and its Kickstarter backers, with the goal being to let those unfamiliar with the game know by the title alone […]

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

    Amazon is hosting a Rockstar Games and 2K Games sale with discounts Max Payne titles, Bully and more. Here’s just some of the offerings listed: Manhunt 2 PC Download $3.00 Max Payne 3 PC Download $4.00 Bully: Scholarship Edition PC Download $3.00 LA Noire Xbox 360 $2.95 L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition PC Download $6.00 […]

  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

    We have a gameplay video featuring Inferno Crucible gameplay featured in the Destiny weekly reset for you. In it, Arekkz Gaming gives you a look at Inferno Crucible and goes over the various intricacies. You can read up on the weekly reset through the links.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

    Episode 2 for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is now available. If you’ve purchased the Complete Season, you’ll be able to download Episode 2 on PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. Steam players should see the episode go live around 9-10pm PST, and Xbox 360 owners should be able to download very early tomorrow morning, per Capcom […]

  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

    Fatshark Games has released a sneak peek video for its upcoming Games Workshop title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Vermintide is a FPS, co-op action title coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and its set during the End Times of the Warhammer universe in the city of Ubersreik. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows Ascendance DLC early access weapon

    As you know, Xbox Season Pass holders now have early access to the Ascendance DLC Pack bonus weapons for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now you can watch a trailer for the weapon. The OHM directed energy hybrid weapon can switch between an LMG and Shotgun “on the fly,” and it also includes the OHM-Werewolf […]

  • March PS Plus games include OlliOlli 2, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, more

    March PlayStation Plus titles have popped up on the PS Plus page. Noticed by NeoGAF user skynidas, the titles include: OlliOlli2 (PS4/VITA) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4) Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4) Counterspy (PS4/PS3) Papo & Yo (PS3) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (PS3) A notice has also been posted on the EU PS […]