Those guys at DICE, man, they are busy. They've got betas to test and bugs to squash as Battlefield 3 — undoubtedly one of the biggest games of the year—gears up for release. That's a lot of work. So, could they possibly be thinking about the story-driven Bad Company branch of their FPS franchise?
Turns out the answer is maybe. Game Informer's got producer Patrick Liu on the record as saying the following:
"We haven't killed Bad Company!" he said. "But we can only make so many games. Be patient... there might be something else coming up...
"We always have a couple of projects going on — some of them die, but some are more fruitful. We don't have any plans to make Battlefield an annual title — we want to make it ourselves we don't want anyone else doing it! And no studio can make an annual franchise by themselves — well, the sports titles can but they're a very different breed."
Of course, that something else could be a much-hoped-for Mirror's Edge 2 but, given the way that Bad Company 2 performed, it's entirely likely that we'll be seeing the roguish soldiers of B Company before parkour-tastic heroine Faith makes her return.