Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham's Comic-Con trailer is so good that you can forgive the duck murder

ESPN "delighted" by Dota 2 viewing figures; expect more eSports coverage in the future

Start building early: Landmark is on sale for the next day

Battlefield Hardline

Battlefield Hardline doesn't mean DICE will stop work on Battlefield 4

Three teams will ensure that future Battlefield 4 DLC does not break the game. As it has in the past.

Since a game named Battlefield Hardline emerged prematurely from Battlelog’s database, we’ve seen quiet acknowledgements from EA and gushing missives from Visceral Games. The only people we haven’t heard from are DICE - the custodians of the entire Battlefield series, until now.

“I want to be sure you all understand that introducing Hardline in no way means we’re done working on Battlefield 4,” said DICE president Karl Magnus Troedsson today. “Nothing could be further from the truth.” 

Troedsson outlined a future for Battlefield 4 built on continued support, mystery new features, an expanded community test environment, and something that community has been clamouring for - a major netcode patch.

“The Visceral team is leading the development of Hardline, while the DICE team continues to drive BF4,” explained Troedsson in a post titled ‘To All Battlefield Fans’. “We are committed to giving you the best BF4 experience possible.”

Dedictated teams in Stockholm, Uppsala and at DICE’s newest studio in LA are still working to counter bugs in Battlefield 4 as they emerge, said Troedsson, and will make “significant additions” to the game.

“We launched and are planning to expand our Community Test Environment,” said the DICE studios general manager. 

More players will be given access to the program, opening new DLC up to a wider spectrum of testers: “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.”

The trend for new features like loadout presets and (console only) squad join “will continue”, and a “major update” to Battlefield 4's netcode is on its way.

“The games we develop are services,” finished Troedsson. “We focus on taking care of the games post launch, delivering new content to those of you who want it and always working hard to increase quality of play. We also continue to work hard to keep investing in areas where you tell us you see opportunities for improvements and new features. 

“Yes, we’re very excited to partner with Visceral on the development of Battlefield Hardline, but ongoing work to refine and enhance BF4 remains a top priority.”

DICE have been working with Visceral on Hardline for “several years”, apparently. Is any excitement you feel for it at the expense of Battlefield 4?

Login or Register
1
+1
-0
Shriven's picture
1134

Nice distraction marketing..

Here have a free game! This one works!!! Look its free! Dont look at the broken game anymore please..

1
+1
-0
Htorne's picture
155

This is not what games should be about - Every-time something is published regarding Battlefield or [inset era] Warfare it is just covered and double wrapped in corporate talk and excuses. I want to carve my eyes out every time.

We are not screwing you over but just re-organizing your fun in such a way that we will make maximum profit. Pre buy the Pre order and get a golden knife.

1
+1
-0
Dog Pants's picture
783

DICE are working on Battlefield 4? That's newsworthy in itself.

Alienware - Game VictoriousNvidia Shield - Titanfall
Two men complain about the Battlefield Hardline beta thumbmail

Battlefield Hardline

Two men complain about the Battlefield Hardline beta

Battlefield Hardline has been delayed until 2015, and that's okay thumnnail

Battlefield Hardline has been delayed until 2015, and that's okay

Watch 30 seconds of Battlefield 4: Dragon's Teeth before its Premium launch tomorrow thumnnail

Watch 30 seconds of Battlefield 4: Dragon's Teeth before its Premium launch tomorrow

Battlefield 4: Dragon's Teeth is definitely coming out on July 15th; no take backs this time thumnnail

Battlefield 4: Dragon's Teeth is definitely coming out on July 15th; no take backs this time

Battlefield 4: Dragon's Teeth due out on July 15th according to EA Origin Twitter account gaffe thumnnail

Battlefield 4: Dragon's Teeth due out on July 15th according to EA Origin Twitter account gaffe

Battlefield 4 patch will put an end to adamantium shield thumnnail

Battlefield 4 patch will put an end to adamantium shield

The Trial of Battlefield 4 thumbmail

Battlefield 4

The Trial of Battlefield 4

EA admits incorrect PunkBuster bans on innocent Battlefield players thumnnail

EA admits incorrect PunkBuster bans on innocent Battlefield players

Battlefield 4: Dragon's Teeth adds a floating restaurant and a vanishing lake thumnnail

Battlefield 4: Dragon's Teeth adds a floating restaurant and a vanishing lake

Ziplines for all: Get instant access to the Battlefield Hardline beta right now thumnnail

Ziplines for all: Get instant access to the Battlefield Hardline beta right now

Rooting around in Battlefield: Hardline's trash thumnnail

Rooting around in Battlefield: Hardline's trash

Good cop: Battlefield Hardline beta sign up page live thumnnail

Good cop: Battlefield Hardline beta sign up page live

Some things Battlefield 4 has taught me about war thumbmail

Battlefield 4

Some things Battlefield 4 has taught me about war

Battlefield Hardline brings the noise to city streets, along with tasers and ziplines thumnnail

Battlefield Hardline brings the noise to city streets, along with tasers and ziplines

Battlefield 4's netcode is the subject of today's community tested update thumnnail

Battlefield 4's netcode is the subject of today's community tested update

Battlefield Hardpoint has police bikes, and they make short work of plate glass windows thumnnail

Battlefield Hardpoint has police bikes, and they make short work of plate glass windows

Battlefield Hardline footage leaked so far is six months old - Visceral will show

Battlefield Hardline footage leaked so far is six months old - Visceral will show "real deal" at E3

Battlefield Free: EA knocks Battlefield 3's price down to zero thumnnail

Battlefield Free: EA knocks Battlefield 3's price down to zero

The Battlefield 4 launch is just another high profile cock up thumbmail

Battlefield 4

The Battlefield 4 launch is just another high profile cock up

Battlefield Hardline footage vows

Battlefield Hardline footage vows "more open" environments in single player, place-anywhere ziplines in multiplayer

Visceral have made a game named Battlefield Hardline, about particularly shooty policemen thumnnail

Visceral have made a game named Battlefield Hardline, about particularly shooty policemen

Battlefield 4 falls further as microtransactions appear thumnnail

Battlefield 4 falls further as microtransactions appear

SWAT's going on 'ere, then: Battlelog update unearths references to rumoured cop-themed Battlefield: Hardline thumnnail

SWAT's going on 'ere, then: Battlelog update unearths references to rumoured cop-themed Battlefield: Hardline

Battlefield 4 Premium ad sells future DLC on promise of shields, drones and train crashes thumnnail

Battlefield 4 Premium ad sells future DLC on promise of shields, drones and train crashes