DICE: Don't Expect A New Battlefield Every Year

Patrick Bach, the Battlefield series producer, has stated that making Battlefield a yearly event, much like the Call of Duty franchise, would kill the series.

In an interview with Gamerzines, Bach stated; “The business goals for us are not to release a game every year."

“If we were to release another big Battlefield title next year, that would mean that we’d have less than a year to build it, and that would mean that we’d have to have another studio building it for us, which would mean it wouldn’t have that DICE seal of approval, which would mean they’d just have to release a copy of the game we just released.

“EA would never force us to release a game every year. I think that would dilute the vision of the franchise, and you will eventually kill the franchise by doing that.”[/quote] When asked whether or not EA could rotate developing duties to another developer along side of DICE, Bach said it could happen "in theory". Instead Bach added that going the route of expansions, such as BFBC2: Vietnam could be the route to go.
“What we noticed with Battlefield: Bad Company 2 was that if you spend enough time on making an expansion pack like Vietnam there’s enough content to make it feel new and fresh. It’s not only a map pack, it’s weapons and vehicles, and it makes the game feel fresh again,” he said.

“I think that’s a more healthy way of expanding on the game experience. It’s not a new game but a twist on your old game, and I think that’s a healthier way of looking at a franchise rather than just trying to cram every single last penny out of it."
Battlefield 3 is out in October for the PS3, 360, and PC.