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Battlefield team considering early access scheme for future releases

Friday, 13th June 2014 06:35 GMT By Brenna Hillier

How would you like it if the next Battlefield game wasn’t a bit of a mess at release? Yes, DICE would like that too.


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DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson has said he’s interested in getting players more involved in the development process, and is even looking at early access models.

“We have nothing to announce, but we are having discussions when it comes to [early access],” He told GameInformer.

Early access schemes give small developers the chance to earn operating cash before a game is ready for full release; EA doesn’t need that, of course.

“It comes not from a business perspective, but more from a perspective of if it would help us have a stable launch of the game,” Troedsson said.

Since Battlefield 4 is still under fire for its shaky October 2013 launch, that certainly seems like a good idea. EA has already opened the doors on community testing with multiple closed and open betas, such as SimCity and Battlefield: Hardline. Battlefield 4′s own community test environment suggests the publisher is growing more keen on the idea of if not fully public testing then certainly more extensive efforts in this area.

“We probably wouldn’t open the floodgates for everyone, but we might do it for geographical territories or people who bought the last game,” Troedsson said..

“It is something we are considering, not from a business standpoint, but from one of creating quality in our products.”

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5 Comments

  1. fengato

    Sign me up.

    #1 2 months ago
  2. AmiralPatate

    Haven’t they be doing that with BF3 and BF4 already?

    #2 2 months ago
  3. Darkfield

    Can’t these big publishers leave Early Access to indies and smaller business already? Greedy fucks sell a game fo 60 bucks, then premium/season pass for the same amount or more and now they want their QA and alpha/beta builds tested for free by over paying customers?

    #3 2 months ago
  4. gomersoul

    Activision manage to release a game that copes. Don’t get greedy with needless annual releases unless you can handle it. Fifas online experience is the same. Maybe its origin that is causing the problem but they need to sort it out. Ubisoft struggled with watch dogs, even on ps4. But at least some effort was made by delaying the game till it was in a much more playable state. I got bf4 at release and completely regret it, I won’t buy another battlefield at launch again that’s for sure

    #4 2 months ago
  5. YoungZer0

    @AmiralPatate
    Beat me to it. :(

    #5 2 months ago

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