Battlefield 3 was one of the best selling games of 2011. The game was in direct competition with Activision’s behemoth Modern Warfare 3. Though the latter had better sales, Battlefield 3 still managed to sell pretty well.
Battlefield 4, the sequel for the massively successful Battlefield 3, may ship between April 2013 and March 2014, according to recent projections by Electronic Arts (EA) made during its quarterly conference call. EA’s Frank Gibeau made the projections during the call, where EA expressed excitement about the future of the Battlefield and Medal of Honor franchises.
EA didn’t say much about Battlefield 4 apart from the projection of the release date. The company seems much more focused on their upcoming first person shooter – Medal of Honor: Warfighter. “Our goal with Medal of Honor was to change things up a bit. We changed the tech-base from the Unreal Engine to the Frostbite engine. We added some resources from our DICE studio in Stockholm, and we've tried some very innovative things this time around with multiplayer.”
Most of the sales of Medal of Honor: Warfighter will probably come from the possibility of getting early access to the Battlefield 4 beta, when it is released in 2013. Analysts recently lowered the forecasts for sales of Medal of Honor: Warfighter, due to how bad the reboot released in 2010 was.
This wouldn’t be the first time a company has tried to sell a game by bundling it with the demo of another game. During the PlayStation 2 era, Konami shipped the demo for the massively anticipated Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty with the game Zone of the Enders that sold very well despite being an average game because of the demo for Metal Gear Solid 2.
Electronic Arts making projections for the release of Battlefield 4
As of now, there is little or no information about Battlefield 4, but Medal of Honor: Warfighter will be made using DICE’s Frostbite 2.0 engine, the same engine fuelling Battlefield 3. Medal of Honor’s multiplayer, which was designed by DICE, will now be developed in-house by Danger Close.
EA has released a small trailer that displays the badassery of Tier 1, the hardcore operatives you’ll be playing as through the campaign of Warfighter. During a keynote at the University of Southern California, president of Electronic Arts, Frank Gibeau said, “There is going to be a Battlefield 4.”
Battlefield 3 was a highly successful game that sold five million copies in the first week of its release. The game was the first in the series to not support any Windows versions before Vista. The game had a lacklustre single player campaign with a decent story but extremely scripted levels.
Battlefield 3 was popular mainly because of its multiplayer features. The maps were gigantic and the PC version of the game supported 64-player multiplayer matches with different gameplay modes ranging from Conquest to Team Deathmatch to Rush. The game put you in control of one of four classes: Assault, Support, Engineer or Recon.
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