Michael Pachter, Wedbush Securities analyst and host of the Pach Attack! show on Gametrailers.com, believes Visceral Games is now developing a Battlefield spin-off.
In an email to media outlets, Pachter first mentioned that Criterion Games – the developer for the Burnout franchise – is developing a military shooter that EA will publish as a Battlefield spin-off.
Pachter's prediction read as follows:
"Although EA has as yet to announce a Battlefield extension for FY:15, we believe Criterion Games is working on a military shooter that may become a brand extension for the Battlefield franchise in FY:15."
When Pachter spoke to EA management, the publisher confirmed that a Battlefield games releases next year under another development team, not DICE.
Pachter later changed his statement and told Eurogamer that he now believes Visceral Games instead heads development on another Battlefield title. Visceral Games developed the Dead Space franchise and since the release of Dead Space 3, the studio remained quiet about plans for future projects.
DICE and EA continue to address the ongoing server issues in Battlefield 4 across all platforms, but multiple updates still leave many issues unresolved. In light of all the issues, DICE suspended development of all future projects, including DLC, to focus on resolving the multiplayer problems.