BF4: beta access without MoH, no “abandoning” BF3

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 11:52 GMT By Patrick Garratt

BF3 community manager Ian Tornay has written a post on Reddit confirming pre-ordering Medal of Honor: Warfighter won’t be the only route into the Battlefield 4 beta, quelling concerns over Battlefield 3 support and more.

“There will be other ways to get into the beta aside from MoH Warfighter,” he said. “At this time, however, it is the only way to guarantee entry.”

Battlefield 4 was announced yesterday, when it was confirmed that a Warfighter pre-order would allow access to the shooter’s multiplayer test.

Tornay also moved to again assure that Battlefield 3 isn’t going to be dropped as a result of the upcoming release of Battlefield 4, which was announced yesterday.

“DICE and EA are dedicated to continuing our support for Battlefield 3,” he said. “Just as we’ve continued to support and maintain Bad Company 2, we intend to continue providing the best Battlefield 3 experience we can well into the future and past the release of End Game and Battlefield 4.

“There are several teams at DICE. Starting work on Battlefield 4 does not mean that we will be abandoning Battlefield 3 or working any less hard to bring you the best expansions we can.”

The EA man attempted to stifle discomfort at the timing of the release: “We’ve been seeing a lot of concerns about the pacing of release (i.e. ‘only’ two years after BF3). I think it’s worth noting that DICE has released a Battlefield game every two years or sooner and Mirror’s Edge at least every two years.

“I truly believe that we’re in one of the best positions to be creating our next title – Frostbite 2 has matured, we’ve been gathering fan feedback like crazy, Battlefield 3 continues to expand with features which we can learn from, and we’ve got more data about how people play than ever.”

Tornay added that DICE is listening to fan feedback on Battlefield 3 and is expected to act on the several major issues for Battlefield 4.

Notables include a better VOIP solution; a Battle Recorder; a Spectator Mode’ and more robust eSports support.