While Battlefield: Hardline‘s reveal has excited a number of Battlefield fans, it also left a few disappointed — namely fans of the Battlefield: Bad Company games. While the Bad Company series has received acclaim for its colorful cast of characters, atmosphere, environments, and fun, frantic (and often destructive) multiplayer, the series has been M.I.A. since 2010’s Bad Company 2. We may finally know why, as Battlefield developer DICE has admitted to failing in seeing the appeal in the series.
In an interview with Eurogamer, studio head Karl-Magnus Trodesson made it known that he is aware of the love the series has received. “We hear those comments and we see them. There were some people who were saying ‘why are you building Hardline? You should build Bad Company 3 instead.'”
Unfortunately, it seems like DICE isn’t any closer to making a Bad Company 3 happen, as they are unaware why the series was so enjoyed, despite it’s acclaim.
“We take all this into account when we think about the future, and do franchise strategy,” continues Troedsson. “But there’s one thing that lingers with Bad Company that we’ve been asking ourselves: what is it that people really liked about Bad Company?”
Perhaps they should ask those fans and critics alike, as the games were well-received by the majority of those who played. Launching in 2008 on the PS3 and Xbox 360, the game was applauded for its enticing multiplayer, destructible environments, and humorous story and characters found in the single-player campaign — which was a breath of fresh air in a genre that typically takes itself too serious. Battlefield Bad Company 2 followed in 2010, featuring the same humorous characters in the campaign, and while the story wasn’t groundbreaking, the single player gameplay was beefed up, featuring huge and thrilling action set pieces. They also included an incredible and chaotic multiplayer experience that was improved on the first game in many ways. The game was commonly called superior to it’s arch rival, Modern Warfare 2.
Since Bad Company 2, the studio has been keeping busy with Battlefield 3, 4, and Hardline, and it seems that DICE is preparing to release yearly Battlefield games from here on out. It seems as if Bad Company is set to fall by the wayside with the new business structure DICE has rolling out.
But not all hope is lost! When asked if DICE would make another Bad Company game Troedsson had this to say “Well you’ll have to wait and see.”