Battlefield 4 rung in the next generation with game breaking bugs on all platforms, riling angry players and even inciting lawsuits. 7 months later and the game still isn’t in good shape. Essentially Battlefield 4 was a half-baked, unfinished game released too soon. Now, DICE, Battlefield’s publisher, alongside EA, are considering an early access model for future series entries.
General manager Karl Magnus Troedsson told Game Informer, “We have nothing to announce, but we are having discussions when it comes to [early access]. It comes not from a business perspective, but more from a perspective of if it would help us have a stable launch of the game.”
One would think spending more time working on the game would be a good way to launch a stable, functioning final product. However, Battlefield 4 made quite a lot of money having been released on what could be called an “early access” model, in the sense that people paid for an unfinished version of a game. Perhaps this line of reasoning isn’t entirely unfounded.
It will certainly be interesting to see if other companies adopt this business practice in the future as the video game industry continues to evolve.