Battlefield 4 is a tablet game on the quiet. Provided you’re happy to subsist on the returning Commander Mode, you could play all of your Battlefield from bed beginning October 29. For EA, that’s just the start – they’re planning to translate the highly destructible, multiplayer “war fantasy” at the heart of the series to mobile phones in some form.
You’ll remember Frank Gibeau as EA’s man in charge of all things console and PC – these days, he’s king of their mobile division. He told the New York Times that the publisher is working on a mobile Battlefield game designed to be “high-end” and “high-performance”.
“It’s our bet that we can successfully pull that off,” he said. “But we’re embarking on something no one has ever done before – to get these games to inter-operate between platforms.
“Will it work? It already has in some cases. Will it work for all franchises? Not all franchises will make the transition. Battlefield might be a little harder.”
Development may be difficult, but Gibeau is convinced there’s demand for a proper Battlefield on high-definition ear-pieces.
“Does someone pick up a mobile phone and say, ‘I’m just not interested in a war fantasy’?,” he asked. “They are interested. So how do we create a war fantasy where it’s a multiplayer destructible environment and it feels great? It’s totally possible.”
The App Store is one objective the multiplayer FPS has yet to capture – and you can bet that along the way, fans will wonder aloud whether anybody really wants a Battlefield game on a four-inch screen. But then, Gibeau is used to the complaints of Battlefield fans.
“It’s like with sailors on a ship,” he said. “You know you have a problem if they’re not griping.”