Battlefield spin-off in works at Criterion, says Michael Pachter


It has since transpired that Pachter now believes Visceral Games, the studio responsible for the Dead Space franchise, is working on the as-yet unannounced shooter.


Michael Pachter, who is affectionately known as gaming’s Nostradamus, has claimed that Burnout developer Criterion is working on a spin-off to the Battlefield series.

Criterion is known for their racing games but do have experience in the FPS genre, since they made the criminally underrated Black for the PlayStation 2 back in 2006.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Patcher commented: "Although EA has as yet to announce a Battlefield extension for FY15, we believe Criterion Games is working on a military shooter that may become a brand extension for the Battlefield franchise in FY15."

Pachter then went on to say, "We spoke with management on Thursday afternoon, and although they have not yet announced a version of Battlefield for FY15, they confirmed that our understanding is spot on and that if a version of Battlefield were to be released in FY15, it would be developed by a studio other than DICE".

This would be surprising given that Criterion has severely downsized after the release of Need for Speed: Most Wanted last year, with most of the staff joining Ghost Games who made this year’s NFS entry, Rivals. However, it isn’t a surprise that EA would want to release more Battlefield games as the publisher is keen to emulate the success of Call of Duty.