DICE committed to Battlefield 4 despite Hardline’s announcement29 May 2014
Battlefield 4 is certainly not done and dusted, there’s still work to be done months after launch. DICE’s VP Karl Magnus Troedsson decided it might be a good idea to reassure Battlefield 4 players that despite Battlefield: Hardline having been revealed, they are still fully committed to Battlefield 4.
Karl has apparently been working on the “cops vs. criminals” concept with Visceral for “several years” and we’re going to “love it”. Excellent news there because I was also going to “love” Battlefield 4.
As is usually the case when there’s problems with a game and a new title in the franchise gets announced, the best thing to do is say you’re totally committed. If you don’t do that then servers could get empty very fast, especially if your game is still not 100% right.
Karl commented in the blog update:
“I want to be sure you all understand that introducing Hardline in no way means we’re done working on Battlefield 4. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Visceral team is leading the development of Hardline, while the DICE team continues to drive BF4. We are committed to giving you the best BF4 experience possible.”
Huzzah! Thats exactlywhat I wanted to hear. Now I’m totally convinced all the problems will be resolved. I can also look forward to all the features they still have planned which include:
Continued Support: There are dedicated BF4 teams in Stockholm, Uppsala and LA that will continue to address any issues that might occur. But more importantly will also look to make significant additions to the game.
Netcode Patch: We are also working on a major update to the Battlefield 4 netcode.
Community Test Environment: We launched and are planning to expand our Community Test Environment. You can see the CTE as our labs environment in which we’ll continue testing out new additions, improvements etc. before we go live with them. We’re expanding the CTE program to give more and more players the chance to test new additions.
More Features: Other features rolled out recently such as Squad Join, Rent-A-Server and Loadout Presets, many which have been directly requested by you in the community. This trend will continue.
The games we develop are services. We focus on taking care of the games post launch, delivering
Netcode patch? You mean that’s still not sorted out? Continued support? I should think so. Test servers? Should they not have been added months ago? More features? I actually don’t really care at this point. BF4 is now a piece of gaming history on my PC.
It’s encouraging to see DICE try but Battlefield 4 and it’s launch is probably best forgotten.