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Battlefield 4: military shooters aren’t over-saturated, plenty left to do in that space, say DICE

Thursday, 13th June 2013 08:34 GMT By Dave Cook

Battlefield 4 is being showcased at E3 right now and DICE’s Patrick Bach has said he’s surprised by how much attention it’s getting. That’s because while he feels military shooters are no longer over-saturated, he reckons Sci-Fi is now the new big thing.

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Speaking with IGN, Bach said on the matter, “Is it [over-saturated]? Today? Really? There are not that many [military shooters] out there, to be honest. A couple years ago, I would agree. But now people are moving away from that genre.

“We’re staying because we have more to do in that genre. And I think if you have a great game, it’s a great game. Period. It doesn’t mean you have to have the hypest or the coolest new stuff. Now, sci-fi is the s**t. Everyone is doing sci-fi. It takes a year, then it’s over-saturated because everyone is doing it and then everyone will move onto something else.

“I think great franchises stay where they think they should stay. You see Halo being sci-fi for many, many years, and now everyone else is doing sci-fi. So now it’s like, ‘well, now it’s boring because everyone else is doing it.’ Not because they are doing it, but because everyone else is doing it.”

Bach added that he was surprised to see Battlefield 4 getting so much attention at this year’s E3 because it’s a sequel amid some new IP out there. “I think, to us, the biggest fear is that we run out of ideas and lose steam when it comes to the passion of what we want to be,” he added.

“Looking at Battlefield 4 here at E3, we are actually surprised we get so much attention. Even though you could argue that it’s just the sequel to Battlefield 3, et cetera, et cetera, the genre’s declining, et cetera, et cetera.

“We’re seeing that people still want to play this game. They seem to enjoy this type of experience. I think it’s important to re-evaluate where you are and re-evaluate what you want to create.”

What do you think of the military shooter genre at present? Is it receding compared to previous years, and is Battlefield 4′s interested merited, despite Bach’s surprise? Let us know below.

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  1. GrimRita

    Sci-fi? AKA Star Wars Battlefront? Either way, the market is just dominated by two over rated, over hyped piles of steaming poo that *think* they are the best when essentially, they arent.

    Or, you could argue that they are the best of a bad bunch.

    #1 10 months ago
  2. ArithonUK

    The Oh-so-subtle way of saying “No BF2142 sequel for another year”

    #2 10 months ago
  3. Francis O

    Military aren’t over saturated……right. Keep telling yourself that.

    #3 10 months ago
  4. Lengendaryboss

    @Francis
    Even if it is, the people who buy it yearly clearly don’t care for your opinion.

    #4 10 months ago
  5. KineticCalvaria

    @2, or saying they’re working on it but it’s under the name Star Wars Battlefront. I imagine they’ll be pretty similar anyway.

    #5 10 months ago
  6. MadFingerz

    Although his choice for words are as poor as Greece, he is right, military shooter is one of those genres that doesn’t need to change a lot. I think DICE is going about it the right way. They added level destruction and they keep improving it, they improved graphics and animations to set the right atmosphere and there’s still a lot that can be done on those fields alone.

    It is true that many gamers (me included) can only play this kind of games for a while, if at all, before engrossing themselves in more meaningful experiences but that doesn’t mean the genre needs a substantial change.

    #6 10 months ago
  7. deathm00n

    @6 Exactly how I think. People doesn’t seem to complain about fighting games, but when it’s shooters they are all “Oh, more of this crap, I hate this world :(“. There’s always going to be a time when a genre reachs it’s appex, there’s not much more to do and it’s good the way it is.

    #7 10 months ago