Battlefield: Bad Company is not EA's 'main focus'

By Mike Andronico , Updated Jun 03, 2013 06:47 PM EDT

While the 17-minute Battlefield 4 trailer wowed many first person shooter fanatics when it released last March, there are plenty of players still clamoring for a sequel to EA's other Battlefield franchise. However, the game's developers said that those anticipating a sequel to the critically acclaimed Battlefield: Bad Company 2 still has a long way to go.

"We love the Bad Company series, but don't have it in active development. Battlefield 4 is our main focus for the year," noted the official Battlefield Twitter account in response to a fan's inquiry 

It should come as no surprise that all of developer DICE's resources are going towards the fourth installment of the core Battlefield series. In addition to being the follow-up to 2011's widely lauded Battlefield 3 game, Battlefield 4 will be the franchise's first foray into the world of next-gen consoles while simultaneously launching for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC. With the game due out on Oct 23 after a beta period, DICE is likely ironing out the final details of a game that will probably be shown heavily at E3 and a variety of press events afterwards.

First released in 2008 and developed specifically for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, Battlefield: Bad Company became an instant fan favorite thanks to the humourous, lighthearted nature of the single-player campaign combined with the series' signature large-scale multiplayer. If Battlefield is Saving Private Ryan, Bad Company is M.A.S,H, The game's sequel, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, hit consoles and PC in 2010 and still enjoys an active online player base to this day. The franchise has certainly proved successful for EA, and fans should at least take comfort in knowing that the game's developers "love" Bad Company just as its millions of players do.

With Battlefield 4 set to be EA and DICE's major focus throughout 2013, Bad Company diehards will likely have to wait at least a year to hear any news on the ongoing adventures of Private Preston Marlowe and his wisecracking crew of soldiers. Are you eager for a new installment in this well-loved spin-off series, or will this fall's Battlefield 4 be able to tide you over until the company returns for duty?

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