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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.


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."