The Bad Company series of the Battlefield franchise hit the ground running with its debut on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles back in 2008. With its groundbreaking destructible environments, lovable characters, and impressive arsenal of weapons, Battlefield Bad Company had a very positive reception from critics and gamers alike.
In 2010, DICE (Digital Illusions CE) released Battlefield Bad Company 2, and once again, it was a force to be reckoned with. Whether it was the over-the-top sound effects, impressive Vietnam DLC, or grand selection of maps, Bad Company 2 had something that everyone loved.
And then, just as the fan base was reaching numbers that closely rivaled those of Call of Duty, the series vanished. In its place came Battlefield 3, and then Battlefield 4. While these games were good in their own respective right, they failed to provide the same fun-filled vibe that the Bad Company series managed to attain.
So where is Battlefield Bad Company 3? Well, DICE hasn’t really said much about the series, but they haven’t left gamers completely in the dark.
“We take all this into account when we think about the future, and do franchise strategy, But there’s one thing that lingers with Bad Company that we’ve been asking ourselves: ‘What is it that the people really liked about Bad Company?'” -DICE board member Karl Troedsson
Troedsson poses a complicated question; one that has been met with so many responses that it has become hard to pinpoint exactly what gave Bad Company the fun factor it had. Some have stated that their loyalty was due to the simplicity of online play. Others have noted the responsive controls and entertaining driving physics. With all of these user-submitted criteria to consider, it becomes hard to build a game that stays true to the series while catering to its fans.
It’s scary to go back and try to remake an old fan favorite when actually no one can really put their finger on what it is people love… It’s starting to almost get to that place where, if we were to make a sequel to Bad Company, what would than even imply?
Despite the complexity of the project, DICE has stated that they haven’t ruled out future Battlefield Bad Company titles. As IGN.com reports:
“The Bad Company IP is still something we love,” DICE’s Patrick Bach told IGN. “It’s very dear to me because I worked on both titles… [We would] never kill something that’s great.”
While there is still no word of the series’s return, fans wait patiently for news of the third installment of the Bad Company franchise. Will it see the light of day? Nobody can say for sure, but DICE has been known to stay true to their word, and if they truly mean what they have said, Battlefield Bad Company 3 is on the horizon.