Battlefield 3 vs. Modern Warfare 3 – EA DICE offer longevity

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Excitement is building rapidly with the release of Battlefield 3 on the horizon. EA are also aware that Modern Warfare 3, the eighth instalment in the Call of Duty series, is due for release around a month later. But does this mean that EA DICE will adopt the oh-so-familiar annual game release to keep up with other similar titles? DICE rejects these assumptions as to create much more longevity for the game as a whole experience.

As with previous Call of Duty games, the annual release of such titles as Modern Warfare 2, Black Ops and the future release of Modern Warfare 3 is starting to become the norm for Activision. Remember such games as Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk? Of course, they were brilliant concepts when they were first released, and it was hard to find a gamer who didn’t enjoy what they brought to the gaming table.

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But maybe Activision got greedy. Both games have now been cited as defunct, meaning that they are no longer in development. Could the the releasing of a game per year be the reason for that? Technically, although we are not pointing the finger at Activision, they shoved these titles down our throats and it looks as though Call of Duty may suffer the same fate.

EA DICE hopes to take a different approach when it comes to their future-sure-to-smash Battlefield 3. Gamers all around the globe have been quietly and loudly making their assumptions about the game, and think that it is about time that they got a fresh FPS to take control of. When asked about the approach they want to take when they release Battlefield, and games in general, DICE executive producer Patrick Bach said;

“The business goals for us are not to release a game every year,” he said. “To us, we need the time to be able to create the next game that consumers will hopefully like. If we were to release another big Battlefield title next year, that would mean that we’d have less than a year to build it, and that would mean that we’d have to have another studio building it for us, which would mean it wouldn’t have that DICE seal of approval, which would mean they’d just have to release a copy of the game we just released. Ugh, no.”

Instead, DICE say that they are more concerned with expanding the “old game” by releasing a “twist” in the way of DLC, or separate expansion pack which in turn would be healthier than cramming every single last penny out of a franchise by releasing new titles every year. We have to remember that Activision’s CoD games are not rushed out by the same dev team each year, they usually alternate each game between Treyarch and Infinity Ward (who have now teamed up with Sledgehammer Games) – but still we wonder if yearly releases are a bit too excessive for the franchise on the whole.

In truth, whispers are mumbling that Call of Duty is slowing decreasing in excitement numbers. Could Battlefield 3 be the game that blows the lid off once and for all? Are yearly releases good for a franchise’s longevity? Will Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 carry on as one of the greatest franchise releases ever? So many questions, so many answers. We want to hear yours.

Battlefield 3 is due for release on October 25, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is due for release on Novemeber 8. Which side are you on?

  • Anonymous

    If EA were to go with the route that Activision is with Call of Duty, they would have needed a studio to start development early this year at the latest on another Battlefield. I prefer it this way – launch massive expansions and release it to current game owners instead of forcing a new game down our throats every year.

  • Anonymous

    If EA were to go with the route that Activision is with Call of Duty, they would have needed a studio to start development early this year at the latest on another Battlefield. I prefer it this way – launch massive expansions and release it to current game owners instead of forcing a new game down our throats every year.

  • romansboy

    I don’t believe that releasing a new game every year is what is killing COD but the fact that it is not evolving. The series is getting stale, and add to that the fact that Activision is bleeding folks every couple of months with DLC makes the sting that much worse.

    • Esejames22

      “don’t believe that releasing a new game every year is what is killing COD but the fact that it is not evolving”

      I believe that is the WHOLE point of the article is to NOT release games on the annual basis because 1) there is not enough time for people to enjoy the game longer than a year,  2) creativity (evolution) does not happen overnight meaning it will get stale(old) really fast.

      Battlefield will have longevity, especially on the PC platform. Console games don’t last very long at all especially with yearly release of the same game with DLC every year makes the game old and not worth it.

      The PC platform has a large community who enjoys the game and will always be there. It has and still is proving that games last longer on the PC if you look at counterstrike, WOW, many MMO’s which I don’t have time to play them all. PC game studios like Valve, Nexon are showing that  you can make millions on the PC platform if done right, you just have to be smart about it.

      smart consumers= you need smart developers

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C4RPEZJBJW6ZTJBU2ZFGV42BM4 Spencer

    Of Course yearly releases kill franchises.   Hell there was a point where guitar hero saw nearly 4 releases the same year.   people finally said enough is enough.   Rock Band did it right, just keep putting out dlc no need for a new game.   The call or duty franchise was a good one.   the original,  cod 2 which is still my favorite, and the first MW.  anything made by treyarch sucked even blackops but that was at least better than their previous work.  MW2 was an absolute joke

    MW 3 is and looks like its been out for 10 years.   the graphics are almost worse than MW2.  the gameplay is stale.   Im all for call of duty to make a comeback but it has to go away for a few years to reinvent itself.  Yes I know it’s still expected to break records but thats just the fanboys who don’t know they are getting screwed and don’t realise what a terrible game they are playing. I have no intentions of buying MW3.    Battlefield 3, Skyrim and Dark Souls will be all I need to get me through the long and cold winter.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C4RPEZJBJW6ZTJBU2ZFGV42BM4 Spencer

    Look at Dead Space 2 it was 3 years since we last took control of Isaac and they didn’t change much, but it had been so long the sequel felt and played great.   If Dead Space came out year after year people would just grow tired of it.