Battlefield fans who are worried about the annualization of the series can breathe a little easier after EA's latest investor's call.
Game publisher Electronic Arts held an investor’s call yesterday in which it revealed some surprising and (for some) good news regarding its popular Battlefield FPS series.
Despite a strong positive reception of the series’ latest entry, Battlefield 4, EA’s chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen confirmed when asked that EA doesn’t have any plans to make Battlefield into a yearly franchise:
“The challenges are you’ve got to most likely do it out of two studios because it’s hard. It’s a two-year project. Battlefield takes us about two years to develop and so you want to make sure that you’re sharing talent across studios, so you keep [the] core talent of the product and the experience for the consumer there. You also want to be really careful that you don’t destroy the franchise along the way. You got to make it exciting and different, but at the same time you want to make sure you maintain a great franchise.”
While this may disappoint some fans who are already dreaming of what the eventual Battlefield 5 will look like, many longtime fans are no-doubt relieved to hear that EA is more concerned with delivering a great experience than locking themselves into a yearly schedule at the risk of quality.