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DICE aiming for “12-18 months of value” for BF3

Friday, 27 April 2012 14:25 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Sounds like DICE intends to provide Battlefield 3 players for as long as possible, with CEO Patrick Bach telling VG247 it intends to give up to “12-18 months” worth of value in the shooter.

DICE has the game’s second expansion multiplayer Close Quarters this June. That’s to be followed up by Armored Kill this fall and End Game towards the end of the year. This is after the release of the Back to Karkand expansion last December.

Speaking at last week’s EA European Showcase, Bach, who’s temping as studio CEO while full-time studio boss Karl-Magnus Troedsson is on paternity leave, told Sam Clay that support could extend into 2013.

Word to the wise, though: that could just mean updates, fixing things and that rather than new expansions.

“It’s really hard for me to make bets on how the market will look at Medal of Honor vs Battlefield vs other shooters,” said Bach when answering a question on the now rotating yearly releases between Medal of Honor and Battlefield within EA.

“We at DICE, we only focus on Battlefield. We make sure that if you’re a Battlefield player, there should be plenty of Battlefield for you to spend your days on. And again, we are focusing on giving you 12-18 months of value for Battlefield 3 and the expansion packs we’re releasing.

“So I can’t really say anything about the other tactics about releasing other games because we are DICE, we do Battlefield.”

But could that timeline of up to 18 months extend into two years ahead of an expected new Battlefield game?

“Right now, we haven’t had that planned out yet,” said Bach.

“Depending on what happens, we’ll change things and add to it. We’re very keen on listening to the community and we read all the forums and posts, we make sure we implement any changes that need to be implemented and of course validate through data.

“We have a lot of statistics going on in Battlefield, so we know exactly what’s happening.”

EA’s main shooter effort for the Christmas period will be Medal of Honor: Warfighter in October. Last time round, DICE was heavily involved in creating the game’s multiplayer while Danger Close made the single-player arc.

This time, DICE isn’t involved with the game directly bar “the odd tips and tricks” with Frostbite 2 in Warfighter after the engine’s stunning debut in Battlefield 3 last year. Bach said DICE’s focus with Battlefield was “slightly different” when compared to Danger Close’s real-world events in Medal of Honor.

“I’m not involved in that project directly, so I don’t know what exactly their focus is when it comes to the details. I know they are focusing a lot on the more connecting it to real-world events, which we’re not what we’re trying to do at all.

“I think our focus is slightly different from a high-level perspective. Of course, they are using the Frostbite 2 engine as well so there will be some similarities, of course. But in general, it’s just a different game.”

Battlefield 3: Close Quarters launches this June first on PS3. 360 and PC releases follow a week later. Watch for a video interview on the pack this afternoon.

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14 Comments

  1. Charlie Sheen

    remember when they said 3 years…lol seriously dice you guys fucking suck, all you did with bf3 is hype it up with so much bullshit

    #1 3 years ago
  2. freedoms_stain

    Battlefield 2, released June 2005, last update, September 2009.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. GrimRita

    I do miss playing Battlefield but refuse to install EA’s spyware. But value for who? A friend of mine told me that you can purchase small DLC bundles for like £4.50 a pop – that is alot of cash! No doubt this is the real reason behind their PR bullshit spat with Steam.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. polygem

    i didn´t play bf3. the beta was a huge let down for me. i am sure the final game is much better than that shabby metro map….but i ended up not buying the game eventhough i am a bf fan and couldn´t wait for 3. yesterday night i played some conquest matches again in bfbc2 and really enjoyed it. havent played the game for quite some time. will play a bit more tonite if someone wants to join. on 360.
    that said. i still feel like skipping bf3. i am tempted to buy it but i think i wont be able to enjoy it as much as i have bfbc2

    #4 3 years ago
  5. DSB

    They should’ve given it more time in the oven and really tweaked the balance. That would’ve added a lot more value for me than B2K at least.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. tdrules

    @#4

    http://www.blogger.com

    #6 3 years ago
  7. roni1175

    Personally I think DICE did a great job with this game, to much initial marketing by EA though.

    Making a game that appeal to more crowd is not a bad thing. Some compromises are done and it’s should be acceptable.

    count me in for all 3 expansions…

    #7 3 years ago
  8. noherczeg

    The world isn’t the same place as it was 5-6 years ago. You guys seriously can’t compare software development back then with how it is today. They can’t afford to stick with one project for 5 years, because there are lots of alternatives, or will be for this genre.

    Yes maybe value has something to do with the fact that you played BF2 for 5 years, but back then I bet there were not even as much games out there like it is now. Developmnet has become a faster process because people want more, or what not. The core fans “say” that they want a product wich lasts for 5 year without any investment, but it can’t be accomplished now.

    If this game will last for ~2 years actively then they’ve reached what they wanted imho.

    Also, don’t forget that people wan’t a second part of Mirror’s Edge to, and if I can recall correctly it was developed by Dice, so if you ever want to see a worthy sequel for that they’ll need to split their resources to do that :)

    #8 3 years ago
  9. polygem

    @#6

    http://www.wikihow.com/Be-Funny

    #9 3 years ago
  10. DSB

    @8 What are you talking about? The same games that were out back then are the same games that are out now. Medal of Honor, Call of Duty, Battlefield.

    Publishers obviously want us to believe that the game has changed so they can sell us even more shit we don’t need, but there are plenty of developers who still go the extra mile at their own expense.

    Splash Damage, Valve, Relic and Blizzard support their games long after they leave the shops, and CD Projekt Red are piling on free DLC for nothing but the cost of the original game.

    There’s a big difference between “Can’t” and “Don’t want to”.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. freedoms_stain

    @8, between the 2 dates I listed DICE developed 6 other titles (including Mirror’s Edge), so what the hell was your point again?

    #11 3 years ago
  12. noherczeg

    @10 I was talking about gaming as a whole. Other genres including. Devs are competing in a larger number. It’s just my opinion that they can’t sit on one title for that long.

    Other than that: Valve has microtransactions, Blizzard has wow. It’s really easy to come up with them but everyoe knows where teir money comes from, and yes, maybe they don’t come up with something every year, but they have teir income. So I can’t look at them as what you try to imply to.

    And yes I basicaly said that Dice doesn’t want to, so NO I didn’t try to defend them, I only said that if it lasts for 2 years or more, than its already a great thing considering the trends. Thats all.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. DSB

    @12 Sorry, but that still makes no sense. I count nine micro-transaction titles off the top of my head plus two MMORPGs under EAs roof.

    I also mentioned two other developers, both of which are indies.

    Valve are a private company, so they can spend the money however they want, but Blizzard has to answer to investors just like EA does. The only difference between the two is that Blizzard doesn’t use the market as an excuse to stop supporting their games.

    Business isn’t about relaxing as long as you’re ahead. I don’t know of any business people with that kind of mentality. A lot of the more mechanical companies out there, like EA, certainly wouldn’t agree. For them it’s a question of making more money, all the time, to meet the unrealistic expectations set by investors, slowly setting the bar higher for what you can expect of a public company.

    In the old days you’d call that common greed, and subscribing to that is a choice made by EA. It’s not forced on them by anyone or anything.

    Valve has one micro-transaction title, EA has nine. Valve has a digital retail client. EA has an digital retail client. Blizzard has an MMORPG, EA has two MMORPGs.

    Splash Damage has none of those things.

    CD Projekt Red has digital retail arm selling older and indie games for 10 bucks, with two proprietary titles earning them 100% margins. EA probably has something like 40+ titles earning them 100% margins.

    It’s quite obviously a difference in mentality, not a difference in circumstance.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. jacobvandy

    EA is scrambling, hemorrhaging money. Really wouldn’t surprise me if they take that Korean F2P publisher up on the buy-out offer…

    #14 3 years ago

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    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]