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Bad Company will return in future Battlefield games, DICE says

The wisecracking foursome of Bad Company will return in future Battlefield games, Polygon reports. DICE creative director Lars Gustavsson said that the games are a welcome respite from the serious military action of the mainline battlefield series.

"My feeling is that I would love to do it. For me, when we started the company with 1942, it was really a work of passion," Gustavsson said. "And then we worked our way through the era of different wars, and I loved them all, like my little babies. When it came to Bad Company, it was creative freedom; don't take yourself too seriously."

That said, it will be a while before DICE has the time to take on the project. The studio is currently pushing Battlefield 4 out the door, with a beta live now and months of DLC to create after launch, and Mirror's Edge 2 and the new Star Wars: Battlefront will take its full attention after that.

Battlefield: Bad Company brought DICE's shooter series to consoles in 2008, and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 kept the humor but reinvigorated its multiplayer in 2010. Just think of this as a nice break while Sarge gets that hypertension looked at.

"But trust me, the Bad Company [team] isn't forgotten, they are just on a very long vacation," Gustavsson said. "So they are out there, they're coming back."

7 comments

  • Danomeon - October 5, 2013 6:02 p.m.

    I think Bad Company is just what the series needs. I love the large-scale conflicts, but I feel as if Battlefield 3 took itself far too seriously.
  • MeanwhileGuy - October 4, 2013 10:03 a.m.

    Awesome, Bad Company 2 is the first Battlefield game I bought, and loved every second. That said, I'm happy with everything else DICE is working on at the minute, especially BF4, as the beta is a hell of a lot of fun. Had an epic moment just now where I held a capture point from 5 enemy soldiers, 1 of them in a tank.
  • Sinosaur - October 3, 2013 6:33 p.m.

    Having only played two Battlefield games, BF:BC2 and BF3, and only really enjoyed one of them, BF:BC2, this is good news to me. BF3 may have looked better, but in every way that I actually enjoyed playing the game for it for... it was worse. Maybe BF4 will be more exciting since the destructability is going back up.
  • Shinn - October 3, 2013 7:47 p.m.

    Yeah I felt the same way about the two games, the difference being I've played pretty much every game in the battlefield series. The destruction in bf4 isn't that much different to bf3, it's still only a very limited number of things that can be destroyed. In bc2, you could jump through buildings by smashing holes in walls right? Well in bf4 you can do that with some walls, but most of the time all you get to do is smash windows. Hopefully the other maps are set out better, but so far I feel like the game is just bf3 with taller buildings and people on multiple levels.
  • Sinosaur - October 3, 2013 8:27 p.m.

    That's really disappointing. I loved how in BC2 you could go up to literally any building and make a new entrance wherever you wanted with some C4. Ended up leading to the ridiculous tactic of blowing up buildings that bombs were in rather than blowing up bombs, but that still took effort. Urban warfare is lame.
  • Shinn - October 6, 2013 11:41 a.m.

    I loved BC2 as well, despite having half the player count, the multiplayer felt like it was on a much larger scale because of all the things that could be happening at any given time. I think I might start playing that again instead of BF3 and 4
  • JarkayColt - October 3, 2013 2:58 p.m.

    Bad Company was the first Battlefield game I played, and the main reason I enjoyed it was because it didn't take itself seriously. That same feeling sort of bled over into the multiplayer because you're still in the mindset that it's all a bit of a folly. I mean there was even a map on a flipping golf course with drivable golf buggies. I didn't like that BF:BC2 hardened up the tone slightly, but I still liked it. I didn't get into BF3 at all though. All of a sudden it just got very boring for me. So personally I wish that they'd make another game like BC where they actually ramped up the stupidity a bit rather than reining it in.

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