DICE Cancels Two PC Battlefield Projects

Focusing all its efforts on the eminent release of Battlefield 3, DICE has decided to cancel its other two PC Battlefield project: Battlefield 1943 and the Onslaught add-on for Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

Both projects have already been released on consoles and were on their on their way to PC before they got cancelled. Battlefield 1943 was released on XBLA and PSN in July 2009 and was scheduled for release on PC during the same year but it was delayed repeatedly since then. The Onslaught co-op DLC was released in June 2010 for both console versions.

"While we'll continue supporting Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and previous games, it's time to look ahead to the next giant leap for DICE -- the release of Battlefield 3, powered by the mighty Frostbite 2 engine," DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson wrote on the Battlefield blog. "Our goal is crystal clear: we're going to build the best Battlefield game ever, and we'll do whatever it takes to make this the biggest launch in DICE's history."

"We know some of you eagerly have been awaiting Battlefield 1943 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Onslaught on PC. I'm sad to say that these two titles are now officially cancelled. Instead, our talented teams will focus on delivering the greatest possible gaming experience in our next behemoth release. We're confident this will lead to an even better experience in Battlefield 3, not only on PC, but on all platforms."

Troedsson promised "some exciting news" to make up for the cancellations, though he didn't make it clear if those news will be specifically pleasing to PC gamers.

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HAHAHAHA

Well they Can Suck it PS3 and 360 can play both with pirated games and they cant stop us brains in the arse if they think that, PC has greater chance for restricting piracy but games on console when the console is hacked its over look at PSP PS1 Now PS2 360 i LoL

PC games will never die, EA has to continue PC gaming

BF 1943 is old, and few people buy DLC, the exception exception for PC users. No big loss. There are plenty of FPS games for PC that are better than BFBC2. The original 1942 and BF2 and BF2142 sill kick but, as well as Quake territory wars, and others. I dont know why people think PC gaming is dead, It is what drives the advancement in games. And if PC gaming died, along with it would go Intel and AMD, and probably the whole gaming industry.Intel and AMD could not survive if PC gaming died. They certiantly would drop out of the domestic market, including consoles, and focus on military/supercomputing.

50/50

be thankfull ur not getting Onslaught, its real carp, and that not just my opinion, both ps3 n x360 server have been dead since week 1 of release, but 1943 on the other hand that like saying we're all going to Disney world and canceling the day before,learn how to keep ur fan happy, instead of breaking our heart all the time....ass

Idiots

According to the fact, that BF2 and BF:BC2 was all but successful games, why are still trying to milk the dead cow. Go for anything else. Try being creative.

fact? what fact? BF2 and BC2

fact? what fact? BF2 and BC2 where quite successful, and theres HUGE call for BF3, its not milking it if the fans want it. you must be a cod fan boy... well heres the facts for you. BF:BC2 88% on Metacritic with over 5 million copies sold to date... BF2 91% on Metacritic with 2,250,000 sales as of 2006... no that doesn't beat the mindless masses of sales that cod racks in even when its been crap the last couple releases (ever since the first MW) when you consider that BF2 was ONLY sold on pc, over 2 million is amazing.. so I'd say it was everything plus successful.and until the fans themselves don't want another battlefield, its neither stupid or milking. also bf3 is expected to introduce some new and yes innovated things.

F*ck THEM

this is a load of bull not release it cause they KNOW they wont make money we will just steal it anyway f*ckin losers. best battlefield game ever huh? thats the biggest load ive ever heard they will be EXACTLY the same as the other 3 thats right three versions of modern combat lets make a third with sh*t weapons and stupid tricks that when you learn your a god. screw you dice you money hungry whores!

Hmm, Dice don't deserve my money

Thats fucking bullshit! I have all their games on pc (except BF 2142), and I bought BF 1943 on Xbox 360. Don't think I am going to buy BF 3 now. Sorry Dice, you have to open your eyes. Pirating Dice's games sounds a little better to me after reading this.

Yeaaa LOTS of solutions like

Yeaaa LOTS of solutions like hamachi. Which means if you cant get 63 friends online along with you, you wont be able to play a single full game.

SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT IDEA, I'LL PIRATE IT TOO AND WE'LL BE BFF PLAYING BF3 ALONE FOR EVER AND EVER!!1

Seriously now, bf is one of the worst games ever to pirate because its mostly about large mp matches. If you disagree without proposing a viable alternative, you just prove my first statement on my previous post right.

Just because you don't know about it..

I just played Splinter Cell Conviction and BFBC2 with friends w/pirated games (I have the originals). And there where a few hundred other pirates online playing BFBC2 too. Just because you haven't heard about it, doesn't mean it doesn't exist. And who uses Hamachi anymore anyway? Nah, I'm not gonna tell you about the other possibilities (never want to see you there). And btw, a new service is coming before the summer wich will make things a LOT easier when it comes to mp on pirated games.

Still a poor choice

"And there where a few hundred other pirates online playing BFBC2"

Again, bf3 has twice the player limit per map. A few hundred pirates will give you what? Less than a dozen servers to choose from? That and pirates are scattered throughout the world (timezones, ping, language, etc...) .

"And who uses Hamachi anymore anyway?"

People who are smart enough not to play illegal copies of games on public servers that belong to god knows who.

"Nah, I'm not gonna tell you about the other possibilities (never want to see you there)"

You wouldn't see me there anyways, I don't pirate games and I wouldn't move from a large network of servers to a smaller one where over 90% of the players are pre-teens who pirated a game because daddy refused to buy it.

"a new service is coming before the summer wich will make things a LOT easier when it comes to mp on pirated games"

Sure, but how long until it gets sued into oblivion? Anything that's not a small niche thing is bound to be significant enough for the bigger companies to take an interest in. We used to have plenty of alternative mp networks around 15/16 years ago (guess you wouldn't know that), almost all of them died. One of the few survivors (gamespy) went through huge changes in order to survive.

The fact remains, pirating a game made for mp forces you into an extremely restricted and small world.

The true fun lies in playing the originals where millions of others play and develop strategies, skills, plans and such.

To the besserwisser above..

You don't know who I am or what I do or don't. First of all, I do NOT pirate games. Some of my friends do because they are poor. That's why I play on Hamachi-like networks too. My friends are not one of the 90% (where does this number come from?) who is pre-teens. Sorry but my friends are probably old enough to be grandparents all of them. So am I. I started using PET, and Vic 20. Before C64 if you are old enough to know what that is. So yes, I have used plenty of mp networks like Gamespy and Mplayer. Of course I know a pirated game on these networks is played by only a few compared to the rest of the so called legal servers/services. But BFBC2 isn't exactly new, so I believe players have started playing something else (even if 200+ players are still playing it on just one service). When BF3 is coming, the numbers will definately be higher. As I said Hamachi isn't beeing used by the major part of pirates, there are many much better alternatives. And just so you know, Hamachi (and other services) isn't just for playing illegal copies in multiplayer. Wake up! Btw, do you know that in some countries it is NOT illegal to own and use what you call illegal copies?
I believe, from what you wrote, that you are in the early 20s and that you think you know everything about the world. You don't. I don't.

It actually wouldnt surprise

It actually wouldnt surprise me if this wasnt handed down from someone at EA bc they have a common practice of doing this. Its crap like this that forced me to buy a console. Alot of gaming developers want to act retarded and claim they dont want to support pc bc its dead when in fact its just as strong as any console. The truth is they dont want to bc theyre afraid of piracy yet piracy is just as much a threat on any console. Thank God for steam, bethesda and what EA DOES offer otherwise I wouldnt have much of a pc game collection at all.

Piracy is well known

"The truth is they dont want to bc theyre afraid of piracy yet piracy is just as much a threat on any console"

Wow, you sure can claim something and prove yourself wrong in the same sentence. That's some skill you have there mate...

Don't expect to know more about game dev and publishing than devs and publishers, its a fact that you don't.

Anyways, piracy is a calculated loss, its expected from the very beginning, estimated and projected onto the expected income, it's not something devs fear. What devs don't like about pcs is that its a heterogeneous platform, that means pcs are different from each other. Each has a diff video card, a diff HD, a diff CPU, motherboard, type and amount of RAM, Operating system and so on...

Only on PCs they have to deal with "game x works on some machines and not on others", "gamer is having trouble cause his drivers are outdated", "gamer cant update his driver cause he has a brand laptop and relies on special drivers", "dumb kid doesn't know how to use a pc and wants to play games on it" (this is the cause of most game problems, that's what consoles are for people). While on consoles it either works on all consoles (of the same brand) or none. That makes it MUCH easier to test, debug and develop for.

Stupid

"Don't expect to know more about game dev and publishing than devs and publishers, its a fact that you don't."

LOL! And with that statement you're showing us you are on the same level. How can YOU know he doesn't know more? If you are telling me you can see that, the I refer to the comment by you..

Paradox

Not really a paradox, just a poor reader...

"How can YOU know he doesn't know more"

Oh? I thought that much was obvious. Alright, I'll explain in detail for the slow folks then...

How can I know he doesn't know more? Simple, his suggestion was as obvious as it was idiotic, something no one with an ounce of knowledge about the business side of gaming would suggest (start reading gamasutra along with MG instead of just MG). Big companies (like EA) don't achieve success by failing to realize the obvious or extremely simple. They investigate their problems and deal with them (not necessarily by getting rid of them) in whatever way they can.

What he suggested to be the boogieman that 'scares' developers away from pcs is actually a well known reality for any game dev/publisher that has been around for a couple of years at least and as he himself said it, piracy is also bad in consoles, rendering his own hypothesis invalid, with the one exception being: the devs/publishers are idiots who fail to realize something so obvious (piracy also happens on consoles).

It's true that the guys at EA often make crappy decisions when it comes to pleasing its customers. But hey, they make millions and millions of dollars like that. There's no way to say they're doing it wrong if it works so well (or claim that the guys getting rich from that are clueless idiots).

And as for yourself, seeing how you completely missed everything I just typed here from my previous post, you need to read more classic literature as such books improve ones text interpretation skills and teach you how to "read between the lines" and read more about business so you can start grasping how companies work.

In short, read good books to get smarter and educate yourself on a subject to get more knowledgeable :)

lars

^^^^ Completely missing the point.... To the point where you're making a straight-up fool of yourself.

Piracy has been around for decades. Not a couple of years. So yes its pretty freaking obvious that devs know ALL about it. BOTH the games in question have been released on consoles right? and not on PC right? The guy was suggesting it might be because they are scared of piracy, how is that an invalid point?
Both games sucked d1@k on console so why would they waste all their time and money porting it to the PC when its just going to get ripped anyway?

"Anyways, piracy is a calculated loss, its expected from the very beginning, estimated and projected onto the expected income, it's not something devs fear."

Piracy is not something Devs fear? ARE YOU SERIOUS?
And you're the one having jabs at other people for not having any knowledge on Devs?

Re-read your garbage before you post it, because if you do you'll notice there is no argument in it at all. Just a whole lot of c0ckd1@kery towards others.

lars

^^^^ Completely missing the point.... To the point where you're making a straight-up fool of yourself.

Piracy has been around for decades. Not a couple of years. So yes its pretty freaking obvious that devs know ALL about it. BOTH the games in question have been released on consoles right? and not on PC right? The guy was suggesting it might be because they are scared of piracy, how is that an invalid point?
Both games sucked the d1ck on console so why would they waste all their time and money porting it to the PC when its just going to get ripped anyway?

"Anyways, piracy is a calculated loss, its expected from the very beginning, estimated and projected onto the expected income, it's not something devs fear."

Piracy is not something Devs fear? ARE YOU SERIOUS?
And you're the one having jabs at other people for not having any knowledge on Devs?

Re-read your garbage before you post it, because if you do you'll notice there is no argument in it at all. Just a whole lot of cockdickery towards others.

Discussion 101

Discussion 101: present facts or sources to back up your claims, otherwise its just your opinion and you know what they say about those, they are like a-holes everyone has one and no one cares about yours.

Example:

claim - his suggestion was as obvious as it was idiotic, something no one with an ounce of knowledge about the business side of gaming would suggest

source - start reading gamasutra

so what you should have said:

You're pathetic because "insert valid reason here"

ps: insults are not valid reasons like "BC YOUR A FAG" or "BC YUO SLEEP WIT MEN"

Of course that assumes you have a better reason than "I dunno jack about the subject so I'll just insult him", after all, insulting someone else due to ones own ignorance is a truly pathetic display of conversational skills.

And that's how you do it :)

more money?

I think what DICE is trying to say is, "Thanks for buying our stuff. Now that we have your money we're not going to follow through with our promises. Instead we've decided to focus on something else you'll have to pay for! See.. all better."

lol

megagame, your site is identical to a graveyard! these so called news has been out for ages. oh god i cant believe im still visiting this site from time to time. no one even bothered to post anything worthy of note on your site anymore. its a shame, because megagames used to be one of the best site, offering no-cd crack and trainers~

Fuck you EA

So 2 years after 1943 gets released on Xbox they FINALLY announce that it's been canceled for PC.

And to top it off they try to sugarcoat it by talking about Battlefield 3 even though it had NOTHING to do with it.

So pathetic.

I hate EA too but...

"even though it had NOTHING to do with it."

It had everything to do with it. Ever heard of return of investment?

Basically who'd care about 1943 or onslaught for bc2 when bf3 is just around the corner? The answer is "too few to to make it worth the extra time and money needed to complete them"

I hate to tell you but game devs and publishers are companies like any other, not magical groups of people with near infinite time and resources to spend. They have budgets, greed, deadlines, etc...

I'm all for it, scrap whats not important and focus on what matters. That is, a game with the same features as bf2 instead of the dumbed down bc2. Also, we all know how much EA sucks so if they don't focus we'd end up with a nearly unplayable, bug fest of a game.

despite this news, Dice has,

despite this news, Dice has, overall done a decent job pleasing pc gamers. compared to many other companies and really, while bad company 2 is a great games its not... battlefield not like 1942, or 2... while I was somewhat looking forward to onslaught and 1941. in the end I'd rather see them scraped and see battlefield 3 be that much more amazing.

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