The popular first-person shooter franchise is branching off into the realm of network television.
Battlefield developer DICE has revealed a partnership with Paramount Television and Anonymous Content to produce a Battlefield TV series. Explaining why DICE and EA have decided to make this move, the companies site their accomplishments over the past decade and half:
The Battlefield series has consistently been praised by critics for its world-class multiplayer gameplay, and is recognized for delivering the premier all-out war experience across land, sea and air. The award-winning series has amassed more than 60 million players worldwide since debuting in 2002, and the franchise continues to boast highly-engaged audiences across its catalogue titles.
In contrast with DICE and EA, Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content attributes Battlfield’s success to storytelling rather than its multiplayer.
“… [sic] we’ll develop the Battlefield TV series with the same commitment to robust storytelling that has made the game such a runaway success for nearly fifteen years,” said Sugar.
Putting aside whether you think Battlefield should be praised for its stories, it’s nonetheless exciting to see video game influence other forms of media. Lets just hope it works out a bit better than Max Payne, Hitman and Warcraft.
If Anonymous Content’s previous projects like True Detective and Mr. Robot are any indication, they might just be one of the first organization to really treat the video game medium right.
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