Criterion Is Reportedly Developing A Battlefield Spin-off
Word came from Wedbush Securities via VideoGamer that former Need for Speed developer, Criterion Games is currently working on a Battlefield spin-off. The project is reportedly due within the 2015 fiscal year. The quotes from Wedbush are as follows:
“Although EA has as yet to announce a Battlefield extension for FY:15, we believe Criterion Games is working on a military shooter that may become a brand extension for the Battlefield franchise in FY:15.”
“DICE is responsible for Battlefield 4 and the patch, and DICE’s two studios (in Stockholm and London) are currently working on Mirror’s Edge 2 (announced at E3 and likely a FY:16 release) and Star Wars Battlefront (announced at E3, and possibly a FY:17 release).”
Later within the report, its stated that Wedbush (possibly Pachter?)
“spoke with [EA] management on Thursday afternoon, and although they have not yet announced a version of Battlefield for FY:15, they confirmed that our understanding is spot on and that if a version of Battlefield were to be released in FY:15, it would be developed by a studio other than DICE.”
There’s no indication if the project would be in the Bad Company universe, or something completely new. In the past the Bad Company series has been sparingly referred to as “spin-off” of the main Battlefield franchise. If the title is due out soon, it’s possible we’ll be seeing information very soon.
I’m not sure Criterion would be a fitting developer for a Battlefield title. Unless its focus was solely rooted in vehicle combat. Do you think the studio has the stones to pull off a military shooter? Are we looking at a new Bad Company game, or a new sub-series?
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