During an interview at GDC Europe on Monday, DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson said that Battlefield 4's setting will take place in the modern day world. The previous installment, which was released back in October 2011, is set in the near-future (2014) and takes place in several locations including Iran and New York. So far the details surrounding Battlefield 4 are scarce.
"There’s a lot of things inspiring us as to how the franchise will move on," Troedsson told the audience. "Everything from fans’ feedback, to market research and, of course, what we want to build ourselves. It’s not just one single thing. And, yes, I know Battlefield 4 is probably [not] the most creative name we ever could come up with. I can’t comment any more on that game because it’s all secret."
But he goes on to spill a few details anyway. "We still want to stay in this genre, the modern day as it is. We feel this is a place we can be and continue with the series. Battlefield 4 can live in this space and be very successful," he added. "That doesn't mean there might not be a Bad Company game again in the future."
Last month EA announced that gamers pre-ordering Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition prior to the game's launch on October 23 would have access to the exclusive Battlefield 4 beta. The retail version of Battlefield 4 is slated to 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.