Pachter: Criterion Games Working on Military Shooter, Battlefield Offshoot Possible
The Wedbush analyst believes there will be another Battlefield before the end of FY 2015.
Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter had an interesting speculation in his latest industry note. The man believes that Criterion Games – well known for their work on Need for Speed and Burnout – is currently working on a military-based first person shooter for Electronic Arts. He also believes it could be part of the Battlefield franchise, not buying that Battlefield 5 will release after the 2015 fiscal year for EA.
“We believe this speculation is unfounded. 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.
“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.”
Considering that Criterion is no longer working on the NFS franchise and has experience with first person shooters (Black, anyone?). Whether it’s a Battlefield game or not remains to be seen though.