Battlefield 4 or Mirror’s Edge 2: What should DICE make next?
Why DICE should make Battlefield 4 next
Another Battlefield would make the developer rich as Scrooge McDuck, we tells ya! Aside from DICE wanting to embrace its inner Jock, money-swimming mallard, there are several creative reasons why it should get to work on Battlefield 4 post haste.
Above: Releasing another Battlefield would definitely be a boost for the DICE coffers
First off, DICE will probably want to have another crack at developing a cohesive single-player campaign. While its two Bad Company titles showed a likeably goofy personality in their stories, Battlefield 3’s solo mode was plain like asparagus flavoured ice cream.
Thanks to clairvoyant AI who could should you from seemingly anywhere in a level as soon as you popped your noggin above cover, Battlefield 3’s campaign is often a joyless grind. Unlike Mirror’s Edge, DICE played it hugely safe with its military shooter, refusing to deviate from the linear Michael Bay-inspired structure set by Modern Warfare.
Hell, DICE and EA were seemingly so embroiled in their playground-esque mud-flinging scrap with Activision, it’s arguable having to launch a shooter within a fortnight of Infinity Ward’s megaton title stifled the studio’s creativity.
Technically, the new Frost Bite engine provides a wonderful foundation for an exciting, physics-heavy shooter. DICE just has to take its time in trying to craft memorable characters, an interesting plot and better pacing if the next Battlefield is going to be seen as a more than just a multiplayer-only title with a solo campaign bunged in as an afterthought.
Above: Should Battlefield 4 ditch singleplayer entirely?
On that note, there’s a real argument for saying Battlefield 4 should ditch the Norman No Mates mode entirely, and just focus on the online side of the game. Pruning singleplayer would drastically cut down the next title’s development cycle to the extent it might be possible to produce the next Battlefield in conjunction with Mirror’s Edge 2.
MAG has already proved there’s a place for online-only shooters on PS3 and by playing to Battlefield’s strengths, it’s feasible DICE could get Battlefield 4 out the door and on PSN as a £30 download within the next 18 months.
As we touched on earlier, Battlefield 3’s competition with Modern Warfare 3 probably wasn’t the healthiest thing for the game’s development. And DICE deserves a chance to produce the next title in the series free from the pressure of having to compete with a franchise that’s now roughly 26 times the size of McDonalds, Coca Cola and Disney combined.
Without the need to match a rival publisher’s shooter, we think Battlefield 4 could rekindle the distinct character that defined the Bad Company games.
Above: Alright, so Bad Company’s cast were a bit daft, but at least they had character
Head to the next page where we’ll argue why everything we’ve just said about Battlefield 4 is a load of old cobblers and why DICE should actually develop Mirror’s Edge 2 next.