Entry into Battlefield 4's "exclusive" beta will not be exclusive to those who buy Medal of Honor: Warfighter, DICE has reassured.
EA made Battlefield 4 official yesterday by confirming that beta access for the game would be granted to Warfighter conscripts.
"The exclusive Battlefield 4 beta will be available in Fall 2013," EA said. "Additional details regarding Battlefield 4 will be revealed at a later date."
Battlefield 3 community manager Ian Tornay has taken to Reddit to clarify the issue, however.
"There will be other ways to get into the beta aside from Medal of Honor: Warfighter," Tornay explained. "At this time, however, it is the only way to guarantee entry."
Tornay also addressed fan concern that Battlefield 4 was being worked on so soon after Battlefield 3, with an announcement less than 12 months from the latter's launch.
"We've been seeing a lot of concerns about the pacing of release (i.e. "only" two years after BF3). I think it's worth noting that DICE has released a Battlefield game every two years or sooner AND Mirror's Edge at least every two years.
"There are several teams at DICE. Starting work on Battlefield 4 does not mean that we will be abandoning Battlefield 3."Ian Tornay, Battlefield 3 community manager
"I truly believe that we're in one of the best positions to be creating our next title - Frostbite 2 has matured, we've been gathering fan feedback like crazy, Battlefield 3 continues to expand with features which we can learn from, and we've got more data about how people play than ever."
Planned Battlefield 3 support will continue into 2013, Tornay added. Work on the remaining map packs will be unaffected by Battlefield 4 production.
"There are several teams at DICE. Starting work on Battlefield 4 does not mean that we will be abandoning Battlefield 3 or working any less hard to bring you the best expansions we can.
"DICE and EA are dedicated to continuing our support for Battlefield 3. Just as we've continued to support and maintain Bad Company 2, we intend to continue providing the best Battlefield 3 experience we can well into the future and past the release of End Game and Battlefield 4."
Tornay concluded by asking for fans to continue sending DICE feedback on the series, and mentioned areas the developer had already acknowledged there was "serious desire" to improve in. These included "a better VOIP option, Battle Recorder, Spectator Mode and more robust eSports support."