DICE VP and group GM Karl Magnus Troedsson stressed in a blog post that Visceral Games is leading the development of Hardline, while series creator DICE remains committed to improving Battlefield 4.
"The games we develop are services," he wrote. "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."
Troedsson outlined a number of ways in which the studio intends to improve the Battlefield 4 experience:
- Continued Support: There are dedicated BF4 teams in Stockholm, Uppsala and LA that will continue to address any issues that might occur. But more importantly will also look to make significant additions to the game.
- Netcode Patch: We are also working on a major update to the Battlefield 4 netcode.
- Community Test Environment: We launched and are planning to expand our Community Test Environment. 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. We're expanding the CTE program to give more and more players the chance to test new additions.
- More Features: Other features rolled out recently such as Squad Join, Rent-A-Server and Loadout Presets, many which have been directly requested by you in the community. This trend will continue.
Two further Battlefield 4 expansions are also set for release by summer 2014. Dragon's Teeth and Final Stand can be pre-purchased as part of the £39.99 / $50 Battlefield Premium subscription offering. The three expansions released to date are Second Assault, China Rising and Naval Strike.
Troedsson also spoke a little about DICE's involvement with battlefield Hardline. "The Visceral Studio team has done an amazing job of bringing in a completely new concept while staying true to the Battlefield core gameplay pillars," he said.
"I've been working with Visceral GM Steve Papoutsis and his team for several years on the cops vs. criminals concept and we think you guys are going to love it! We've always dared to try new settings and experiences with Battlefield and seeing this new one take shape is a long lasting dream come true."