EA Studios executive vice president Patrick Söderlund has dispelled any thoughts of Battlefield becoming a yearly franchise by stating the following to Polygon:
“The EA that I’m trying to help build isn’t an EA that needs to annualize everything. It doesn’t necessarily mean that we need to annualize Battlefield and that’s the way it’s going to be forever and ever. I understand that some people may look at it that way but that’s what happened. Karl-Magnus [Troedsson], who runs DICE studios, and Steve Papoutsis, who runs Visceral, basically met in Barcelona almost three years ago and they came to me [with] the idea of a cops and robbers type Battlefield game.”
In fact, Söderlund claims that a Hardline-style game has been considered for over ten years and is only now being realised.