EA on why Battlefield 4 Second Assault is timed exclusive on Xbox One
When Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One and its games at E3, DICE was up there where they showcased Battlefield 4 (which ran on a PC, unfortunately). When they wrapped up the singleplayer gameplay showcase, they revealed a brand new Battlefield 4 DLC: Second Assault.
And they revealed that it will be a timed exclusive on the Xbox One. Now EA Games Label Executive Vice President Patrick Soderlund — formerly of DICE — explains why the Xbox One is getting Battlefield 4 Second Assault before all other platforms.
In an interview with Japanese game publication 4Gamer, Soderlund said that they maintain a friendly relationship and cooperation” with Microsoft, and that’s why Second Assault is coming on their platform first. He said:
“For the release of “Second Assault”, maintaining the cooperation with Microsoft is one of the reasons [it's released there first], but itâ€™s also partly because the multiplayer of BF3 has been strongly supported by the Xbox community, and we’re showing gratitude for that support.”
Interestingly, Soderlund also comments on the current battle between the Xbox One and the PS4. He said that when the dust settles, it will be gamers who benefit from both consoles, and the game industry in general.
Battlefield 4 will be getting a lot of DLC, which is already in the planning stages. Second Assault will feature 4 new maps remade for Battlefield 4. Another DLC will be available shortly after launch: China Rising, which will be given for free to those who pre-order the game before launch.
A few months ago, EA and DICE confirmed that Battlefield 4 premium will also be available, likely when the game launches on October 29 on all platforms (except the Wii U).