Off brand military shooter being developed by Dead Space developer. BattleSpace anyone?
According to Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter, Visceral Games, the studio behind the Dead Space trilogy, is working on a first person shooter that is believed to be a spin off of the Battlefield franchise.
Pachter’s original statement to Eurogamer: “We believe Criterion Games is working on a military shooter that may be a brand extension for the Battlefield franchise in FY15.” Note: He has since corrected this speculation, believing Visceral Games to be the developer in question.
The last Battlefield spin off installment, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, released in 2010. This could be the extension Pachter is referring to.
“We spoke with management on Thursday afternoon, and although they have not yet announced a version of Battlefield for FY15, they confirmed that our understanding is spot on and that if a version of Battlefield were to be released in FY15, it would be developed by a studio other than DICE,” Pachter said.
This news is curious when considering announcements from EA, following the 10-year Star Wars deal signed earlier this year. Electronic Arts confirmed that Visceral Games, along with BioWare and DICE are working on new IP for the SW franchise. The latter studio is currently frozen, pending Battlefield 4 fixes.
Personally, a new Bad Company would seem redundant with all the military shooters out currently and BF5 scheduled to release within the next two years; so keep the the salt handy with this information.
What we can surmise as truth is that a Star Wars shooter of some kind is definitely coming in the foreseeable future.