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EA doesn't want DICE to become a "Battlefield factory"

Swedish developer DICE is best known these days for the hugely popular Battlefield series, but it seems the studio hopes that won't always be the case. In an interview with Official Xbox Magazine, Patrick Soderlund, vice president of DICE owner EA Games, was asked if it was important for DICE to have the security of Battlefield's success as a way of investing in less mainstream projects.

"Maybe it is and maybe it isn't," Soderlund replied. "It's also important for us - the DICE guys are roughly 300 people in the Stockholm studio; not all of them are working on Battlefield things, and that's intentional, because we don't want to become a Battlefield factory. The minute we start saying 'you're going to make a Battlefield game for the rest of your life', they're going to go some place else."

"For them to make great Battlefield games there need to be other things for them to do as well. That's why we have people who move around quite a bit. And then obviously we have a boatload of people that just want to make Battlefield because they love it."

DICE is currently hard at work on Battlefield 4, slated for release some time before March 2014. The studio has reassured fans that the launch of a new game in the series won't affect support for Battlefield 3, which gains its latest map pack - Aftermath - next week.

Published: 21/11/2012

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