In what will probably go down as one of the more off-handed major product announcements in game industry history, EA just went ahead and announced that Battlefield 4 is a game currently in development. And it did so by lumping the previously unrevealed sequel in as a pre-order bonus for Medal of Honor: Warfighter.
Well, specifically, it lumped in exclusive beta access as a pre-order bonus. That's right, those who run right out and pre-order Warfighter will be granted special access to a Battlefield 4 beta which is scheduled for fall of next year. So if you pre-order this modern combat-oriented first-person shooter, you'll get access to the multiplayer beta for this other probably modern combat-oriented first-person shooter. What a deal, right?
I would probably find this all less gross if EA had previously announced Battlefield 4 and actually shown off some of what might be in store for players. But as it stands, we know nothing about Battlefield 4 except that it is a video game called Battlefield 4. So pre-order what is, according to EA's press release, "the most authentic shooter this holiday," and then get access to the beta for "the most authentic shooter next holiday, probably?" It just makes me feel weird all over. And not good weird, either.