Battlefield team considering early access scheme for future releases

By Brenna Hillier
13 June 2014 06:35 GMT

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.


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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