Via a Battlefield Blog post, DICE VP and Group GM Karl Magnus Troedsson has announced that EA will be delaying the newest Battlefield title until 2015.
Back at E3, we launched a beta for Hardline — we wanted to not only show you the game, but to let you play it for yourselves. Millions of you jumped in and had a great time. As a result, the Visceral Games team learned a lot from players about what they wanted in the game. We’ve been pouring over the data and feedback, and have already been putting a lot of it right into the game and sharing it directly with you. – Blog Post
The blog post also stated that the team will be working towards major improvements in three main categories – Multiplayer Innovation, Single Player Story Depth and Stability.
Using data gathered during the beta, the DICE development team will be focusing into making sure they use what has been learned from Battelfield 4 to make Hardline as good as it can be. The post even went on to mention that Battlefield 4 will still be receiving updates and improvements from DICE.
We are doing all of this for one reason. Because we want Battlefield Hardline to be the best game it can be, and so that we can create the best environment for a smooth launch for our players. We will give you updates on our progress and we’ll regularly share updates along the way via Battlefield.com/Hardline as well as the Battlefield social channels. Blog Post
For some, EA and DICE have already lost fans, and will have trouble clawing their way back from the Battlefield 4 fiasco. That being said, it is very promising that they are taking the correct steps to make sure the next iteration of the Battlefield franchise is the best it can be at launch, instead of 200 days later.