After EA officially announced development of Battlefield 4 was well underway fans of the series expressed concern over what this meant about continuing content for the current iteration. If you count yourself among those fans, rest assured; EA community manager Ian Tornay took some time to assure the public that work will continue on Battlefield 3 DLC as they and DICE develop the sequel proper.
“There are several teams at DICE,” Tornay said. “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. DICE and EA are dedicated to continuing our support for Battlefield 3. 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.”
EA has become increasingly under fire for seeing everything in dollar signs lately, and the announcement of Battlefield 4 not even a year after 3‘s release (while still developing DLC for 3 at that) has only bolstered the positions of those opposed. According to Tornay, though, this is more a matter of timing and preparedness than anything:
“I think it’s worth noting that DICE has released a Battlefield game every two years or sooner and Mirror’s Edge at least every two years. I truly believe that we’re in one of the best positions to be creating our next titles.”
For those interested, Tornay revealed that beta keys for Battlefield 4 would be made available with preorder of Medal of Honor: Warfighter in fall 2013 as well as “other ways,” but that preorder would be the only guaranteed way of accessing the beta.