Battlefield developer DICE has insisted there's plenty still to come for Battlefield 3 in a statement issued to fans following the announcement of Battlefield 4.
EA today announced that those who pre-order Medal of Honor Warfighter will gain exclusive access to the Battlefield 4 beta, which begins in the autumn of 2013.
Some fans have expressed concern that the announcement will spark the end for Battlefield 3, which launched in October 2011. But in its statement DICE reassured players that the Battlefield 3 story "is still just the beginning".
"The team at DICE is hard at work on the next entry in the Battlefield series, and to ensure access to the exclusive Battlefield 4 beta, shooter fans can pre-order Medal of Honor Warfighter today," the Swedish studio said.
"While there is no further Battlefield 4 news at this point - remember, if you don't see it published here, it's just rumor and speculation - we did want to take this opportunity to share a few thoughts on the state of the Battlefield franchise.
"We are extremely proud of Battlefield 3, and with millions of fans out there, we're happy you're enjoying it too. When we launched the game, we introduced unparalleled levels of in-game destruction, all-out vehicle warfare and redefined online gameplay. Even with billions of bullets fired and millions of games played, we know the Battlefield 3 story is still just the beginning. As ever, we are humbled by the community's response to the game, and couldn't be happier with the feedback we have received to Battlefield 3 Premium.
"With the Back to Karkand and Close Quarters expansion packs already out, Armored Kill around the corner, and End Game and Aftermath still on the horizon, we're looking forward to many more hours of gameplay with you, and can't wait to see the stories you will tell through Battlelog and player created videos.
But we're not ready to talk about Battlefield 4 yet - in the meantime, we hope you will continue to enjoy Battlefield 3 and all the Battlefield 3 Premium content still to come."
Meanwhile, DICE confirmed that Warfighter, created by Danger Close, will use Battlelog, the stat-tracking social service that launched with Battlefield 3.