From the article:
"You could go down the really conservative path, which some people did in the industry, and your game didn't have any of those problems, but you also got the feedback of, it just feels the same as it used to.
"Or, you could push the boundaries and end up in the situation we ended up in. Neither is good. But I would like to be in the company pushing the boundaries."----------------------------------
Yeah, sure, if the company can get away with it. Time will tell.
I still stand by my confusion of why would a game developer company want to change so much from one title to the next for a franchise that is doing well. I personally thought that many of the departures from BF3 were just unnecessary.
IMO, if they want to vastly improve their Battlefield franchise, while increasing their community population, then they need to focus on the details a lot more, or basically take feedback from their gaming community and implement it more quickly. There have been, over the years, just some real head scratching minor voids in their games that greatly affect the way their games play out. Just minor tweaks here and there, and I feel the games could have been that much better, that much more enjoyable, and that much less frustrating.
I think at this point they need to realize how bad they effed up, and how getting the little things right can take them much further than getting the big things wrong by so called "pushing the boundaries" when it is plain and simple unnecessary.
I mean just make the game work correctly, and make sure your gamers are happy you goofballs. Why would you shoot for anything else? Heck, look at the most popular games in the world...sports...look how simple they are. Yet, year after year we all enjoy playing them and watching them without dramatic changes to the sport. If that's not a good example to consider, then I don't know what is.
I've not been interested in looking into Hardline myself. I was not impressed by the trailer. I did download the beta, but have not played it, but based on what others have said, it just doesn't sound like that good of a game.
Rant over for the time being.