There wasn't a whole lot of hype and fanfare surrounding the recent Battlefield 4 announcement…if you can even call it an announcement.
Franchise fans learned a sequel was in the works when EA revealed that if gamers pre-purchase the upcoming Medal of Honor: Warfighter , they'd automatically earn a spot in the BF4 beta. And with the beta slated for fall of next year, most assume the game will launch not long after, so a likely release window would be holiday 2013. It makes perfect logical sense, yes?
The problem with that is simple: Some fans just think it's too soon and as a result, DICE will halt BF3 support well before the players are ready. However, DICE executive producer Patrick Bach dismissed these complaints, merely calling them "sad." As he told Eurogamer :
"People tend to forget we built three other Battlefield games in between Battlefield 2 and Battlefield 3. That's a natural reaction. People then think we won't support Battlefield 3, even though we have the Premium version, people know we're working on future expansion packs and we've been very open in explaining what we are doing.
We heard that before with Battlefield 2. It was like, oh, you stopped supporting games! No, we're working like hell, but we haven't announced it yet. We have now announced we are putting a lot of effort into supporting Battlefield 3 and still we get reactions like this. I think it's just sad. We are dedicated to supporting Battlefield 3. People seem to be worried for all the wrong reasons."
Bach added that just because his team is working on multiple projects at the same time doesn't mean fans will suffer. He says they're "better than ever when it comes to supporting our game," and they most certainly don't want to make the avid followers wait another six years for a new Battlefield (the gap between BF2 and BF3). So yeah, don't have conniptions, BF3 aficionados. Just relax.