Many thought that DICE may be planning on annualizing the Battlefield franchise, however that won’t be the case anytime soon. Executive Producer Patrick Bach confirmed to VideoGamer that they can’t build a Battlefield game every year.
“I think the core Battlefield idea that we’re working on at DICE is… We can’t build a game at DICE every year,” said Bach regarding a Battlefield release in 2014.
“Maybe it [could],” Bach said. “[That's] something that we’ve actually started noticing as well. Maybe it’s a really smart thing to do; maybe it’s the completely wrong thing to do. We can see that some games are actually doing it already, like MMOs. You have some free-to-play games [that] continue on the same platform.
“So I think it’s more about the audience and getting all the ducks in a row, so to speak.”
Bach said that they use Battlefield Premium service as a way to deliver year round content to keep the franchise up till they can release a new game.
“You saw with Battlefield 3, for instance, it’s not that there’s not an urge for more Battlefield. We [had] 18 months worth of Battlefield [through Premium] and people want more things during that time. Now it’s been almost two years and people feel like they are continuously playing – we still have huge amounts of players playing Battlefield 3.
“So I think in general, people apparently want Battlefield all year round.”