The launch of Battlefield: Hardline this autumn doesn't indicate the start of annual Battlefield franchise releases, EA Studios executive vice president Patrick Söderlund has told Polygon.
"It doesn't necessarily mean that we need to annualize Battlefield and that's the way it's going to be forever and ever," explained Söderlund. "I understand that some people may look at it that way but that's what happened."
He added: "The EA that I'm trying to help build isn't an EA that needs to annualize everything."
Having more than one Battlefield title in rotation does bring benefits, says Söderlund.
"Everything that we've fixed with [Battlefield 4] will go into Hardline," he confirmed. "Once people get their hands on the netcode patch, which I think is profound, that will take care of a lot of the complaints around Battlefield... and how responsive the game is."
Battlefield: Hardline launches October 24 for Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.