Things seem to be going well for Stockholm-based studio DICE and their military shooter Battlefield 4 since the launch of the game’s Community Test Environment.
Allowing community members to test updates ahead of release has already produced favorable results for the studio, as we saw with the recent High Frequency Server Update. The testing also appears to have ensured a smoother launch of the latest patch as well.
It’s with this in mind that DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson recently told GameInformer that the studio has talked about letting users test future Battlefield titles in advance in order to “create quality” in the studio’s products and ensure a more “stable launch.” In fact, plans already appear to be in place with Visceral Games’ upcoming Battlefield Hardline, as we recently learned about EA’s Game Changer program that involved a number of known community members in the game’s development.
“We have nothing to announce, but we are having discussions when it comes to [early access],” Troedsson told said. “It comes not from a business perspective, but more from a perspective of if it would help us have a stable launch of the game.”
Price points haven’t been discussed, but Troedsson insists that players would be involved in the conversation if it ever took place. “We would ask our players in a controlled way,” he mentioned. “We probably wouldn’t open the floodgates for everyone, but we might do it for geographical territories or people who bought the last game. Yes, it is something we are considering, not from a business standpoint, but from one of creating quality in our products.”
After Battlefield 4’s rocky launch, it might not be a bad idea to accumulate as much support as possible for DICE’s future launches if it means an easier time for developers and a quality product for gamers.
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