In an industry accustomed to unrestrained hype, the remarkably low key announcement of Battlefield 4 has surprised many. The forthcoming military shooter from EA and DICE apparently didn’t even warrant a dedicated press release. Instead, confirmation of the game’s existence was tacked onto the announcement of the limited edition of Medal of Honor: Warfighter. The aforementioned product will ship with a beta key for Battlefield 4.
The beta strategy itself came as no surprise. After all, EA took exactly the same approach back in 2010 with its poorly received Medal of Honor reboot. That game included beta access to the then highly anticipated Battlefield 3. This week’s developments are certain to reignite the debate over whether major publishers are using beta programs to test their games or merely as a means to bolster interest in their weaker titles.
Medal of Honor: Warfighter is coming to 360, PS3 and PC on Thursday 25 October 2012. Versions for Wii U and Vita are also rumoured to be in the works. EA is yet to reveal target platforms or release dates for Battlefield 4.