Sweetwater, Haggard and Marlowe just "on a very long vacation".
Battlefield 4 is DICE's "main focus for the year".
Pachter believes the game will push back EA's goal of overtaking Activision by several years.
60 minute Bad Company show to follow Marlowe, Sweetwater and the gang as they "exit military life and enter the private sector".
But studio currently has no plans to develop another futuristic Battlefield.
DICE executive producer Patrick Bach has confirmed that the Mirror's Edge franchise isn't dead, and that the company is working on new projects.
DICE still "very proud and fond" of Bad Company, says BF3 community manager.
DICE may be in crunch time as far as Battlefield 3 goes, with the game due for release on October 28, but the studio has plans for projects other than Battlefield.
Battlefield 3 pre-orders are ten times higher than Battlefield: Bad Company 2, publisher EA has confirmed.
Mass Effect awarded Best Game.
FIFA 11, Bad Company 2 and Madden NFL 11 also sell big.