It appears that Battlefield 4 will retain the last instalment's modern trappings, with DICE announcing at GDC that the game will be set in the current day.
"We still want to stay in this genre, the modern day as it is." stated DICE's general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson (quoted from Joystiq). "Battlefield 4 can live in this space and be very successful."
The next instalment in the series was recently brought to light via EA's Origin Store, where an advertisement revealed that pre-orders for the Limited Edition of Medal of Honor: Warfighter would gain customers access to a Battlefield 4 beta - despite the fact that it hadn't even been officially announced yet.
Concerning DICE's decision to revisit the IP rather than their popular Bad Company franchise, Troedssen said that there was "a lot of things inspiring us as to how the franchise will move on. Everything from fans' feedback, to market research and, of course, what we want to build ourselves".
Troedsson didn't rule out the possibility of revisiting the Bad Company series, however; he went on to say "that doesn't mean there might not be a Bad Company game again in the future".
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