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EA pledges Battlefield 3 support despite early push for BF4

DICE spokesperson says multiple teams can manage duties for both projects

A community manager at EA studio DICE has responded to suggestions that the group will weaken its online support for Battlefield 3 as it begins early publicity for its successor.

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Addressing the Reddit community, Ian Tornay said "DICE and EA are dedicated to continuing our support for Battlefield 3".

EA on Tuesday confirmed it is working on a successor to Battlefield 3. Though there is no Battlefield 4 release date, it is believed the game will launch in the latter months of 2013.

The BF3 community manager said in a statement: "Just as we've continued to support and maintain Bad Company 2, we intend to continue providing the best Battlefield 3 experience we can well into the future and past the release of End Game and Battlefield 4."

The statement added: "There are several teams at DICE. Starting work on Battlefield 4 does not mean that we will be abandoning Battlefield 3 or working any less hard to bring you the best expansions we can.

"Your feedback absolutely matters. We will continue to use it to improve BF3 and to make Battlefield 4 even better from day one."

Tornay confirmed Battlefield 4 multiplayer Beta will launch in fall 2013, but didn't mention a release window for the game.

"We don't have a BF4 release date yet but, of course, it will be after the beta."

Yesterday, EA revealed its Battlefield 4 project via a promotion for its other FPS series, Medal of Honor: Warfighter.

The deal on offer is that Warfighter customers will be given access to the Battlefield 4 beta. However, the community manager said "there will be other ways to get into the beta aside from Warfighter. At this time, however, it is the only way to guarantee entry."

Battlefield 3 launched in October 2011 and EA has since shipped more than eight million copies into retail.

Addressing concerns that the successor is arriving too soon, the community manager said: "I think it's worth noting that DICE has released a Battlefield game every two years or sooner."

Tornay added: "I truly believe that we're in one of the best positions to be creating our next title - Frostbite 2 has matured, we've been gathering fan feedback like crazy, Battlefield 3 continues to expand with features which we can learn from, and we've got more data about how people play than ever."

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