Update: Seems like we'll be finding out what form the next Battlefield game in a few days when this timer hits zero.
Lots of speculation abounds, especially with those weird rumours about WWI and DICE posting footage from 1942 on their instagram account. As much as I'd love a fresh look at WW2 with their new tech I'd have to guess the new one will probably be a 2142 prequel because "near-future-but-not-too-scifi" is the hotness for shooters these days.
I can't edit this old post to include a poll but I'm curious A. What you think the setting will be and B. What you want it to be?
Original post below:
Alternate thread title: Do you want a next Battlefield game?
My own history with the franchise is an interesting one. 1942 rocked my world by being like Tribes 2 sorta only I wasn't being curbstomped and it was Saving Private Ryan/Enemy at the Gates etc. LAN cafe sessions full of probably offensive Vietnam movie quotes/lingo defined my adolescence thanks to BF:Vietnam making it probably the best times I'll ever have with a shooter. By the time BF2 came out I'd grown up a bit and so had the game, a serious game for a overly selfserious teenager. Despite my conceptual love for 2142 it was the first one my friends didnt also back so I dropped off for a long time and got into CoD 2/4 and similiar impulse, animal instinct shooters.
When I saw that Bad Company 2 was coming to PC I had been away from the series for so long that I wasn't even sure if I wanted that sort of thing anymore. I played the beta on ps3 and was fucking loving it and had a thought akin to "wait I hate console shooters and I still love this...maybe on PC..." so I took a punt and bought it. And boy, BC2 is maybe the 2nd best time I've had with a shooter. It was grown up modern but had that sort of devil may care style that I felt was more what you saw in Vietnam than in BF2. When BF3 came out I was pumped and I loved the final game. Maybe it's because I was never all that married to BF2 and had my stint with CoD that it worked for me and not others.
Thing is when BF4 got announced I was left a bit cold. I mean, sure, I'd probably love more BF3 but it seem too similiar too soon so I held off. Trainwreck of a launch aside every time I looked at the game I felt like "well shit this looks like I would like it. It's BF3+new stuff" so I played it a bit at net cafes and had a blast but never brought it home because of Battlefront. So the announcement of Battlefront ticked all my boxes. Series I love, dev I love what could go wrong? So I figured forget BF4, I'll save myself for Battlefront, that way I'll have less big DICE shooter fatigue and be even more keen.
Well I imagine most people know that DICE vision for Battlefront is very stark from what their other games offered. So with my buttons unpushed it leads me to today. Wondering what's next and what I'd what want.
I hope they give the franchise a bit of a trim but not the Battlefront treatment. BF4 has a bit of weapon/gadget bloat which makes it all a bit too chaotic in that players cant quite counter enemy strategy without knowing the ins and outs of 20 or more gadgets perks etc.
I thought BF3 had a good balance there with each class having enough tools that you can play them in many different ways but not so many that classes have no real archtype.
Setting wise I'd love 2143 or similiar. EA rarely makes brave moves but hopefully they are emboldened by Advanced Warfare and Black Ops 2/3 to give us some speculative tech. A good mix of gadgets that aren't slaves to fact could lead to some good gameplay design here's hoping. And the stompy mechs. Few things aren't improved by a stompy mech or two.
This ended up being way more about me than I had planned but really I want to know about you and your thoughts. How do people who dropped off years ago feel? What about people still deep in the dirt playing the newest games today. Feeling the burn or burning strong? Let me know