Battlefield 4 will launch during EA's 2014 fiscal year, the company said.
On Tuesday during a Q1 2013 earnings relations call, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau announced the expected release window for Battlefield 4, saying the game will arrive on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC during its 2014 fiscal year. That means fans won't get their hands on the final game until sometime between April 2013 and March 2014.
Current speculation points to an October 2013 window given that the publisher has a track record of launching AAA shooters in the fourth quarter since the release of Medal of Honor back in 2010. There's also speculation that EA may release an HD version for the next-gen consoles slated to be officially announced during E3 2013 next June.
Previously EA announced that exclusive access to the Battlefield 4 beta would be offered to gamers who pre-ordered Medal of Honor: Warfighter Limited Edition (or Digital Deluxe) from EA's Origin platform before the game's launch on October 23. The exclusive beta, according to an EA press release, is slated to launch in Fall 2013 -- additional details regarding Battlefield 4 will be revealed at a later date.
"We’re not ready to talk about Battlefield 4 yet - in the meantime, we hope you will continue to enjoy Battlefield 3 and all the Battlefield 3 Premium content still to come," the company said. EA also assured current Battlefield 3 players that there's plenty of story to tell and new content to release before Battlefield 4 becomes the new focus in the popular franchise.
In addition to Battlefield 4, Gibeau also talked about the future of the Medal of Honor franchise, saying the company resurrected the franchise in 2010 with the goal of building a sustainable long-term franchise that is positioned around the authentic experience of being in combat.
"We were very proud of the first product; it definitely delivered on a lot of fronts and a couple of fronts it didn't," he said. "[But] we weren't as pleased with the quality as we had hoped to be. Our goal with [Medal of Honor: Warfighter] was to change things up a bit. We're tracking to grow the franchise from the 2010 version and our goal is to continue to have Medal of Honor as part of our portfolio going forward."