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EA on why Battlefield 4 Second Assault is timed exclusive on Xbox One

EA's Patrick Soderlund explains why Second Assault DLC will be a timed exclusive on the Xbox One.

Patrick Soderlund Battlefield 4When Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One and its games at E3, DICE was up there where they showcased Battlefield 4 (which ran on a PC, unfortunately). When they wrapped up the singleplayer gameplay showcase, they revealed a brand new Battlefield 4 DLC: Second Assault.

And they revealed that it will be a timed exclusive on the Xbox One. Now EA Games Label Executive Vice President Patrick Soderlund — formerly of DICE — explains why the Xbox One is getting Battlefield 4 Second Assault before all other platforms.

In an interview with Japanese game publication 4Gamer, Soderlund said that they maintain a friendly relationship and cooperation” with Microsoft, and that’s why Second Assault is coming on their platform first. He said:

“For the release of “Second Assault”, maintaining the cooperation with Microsoft is one of the reasons [it’s released there first], but it’s also partly because the multiplayer of BF3 has been strongly supported by the Xbox community, and we’re showing gratitude for that support.”

Interestingly, Soderlund also comments on the current battle between the Xbox One and the PS4. He said that when the dust settles, it will be gamers who benefit from both consoles, and the game industry in general.

Battlefield 4 will be getting a lot of DLC, which is already in the planning stages. Second Assault will feature 4 new maps remade for Battlefield 4. Another DLC will be available shortly after launch: China Rising, which will be given for free to those who pre-order the game before launch.

A few months ago, EA and DICE confirmed that Battlefield 4 premium will also be available, likely when the game launches on October 29 on all platforms (except the Wii U).

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  1. EA_hater
    July 1st, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    What a stupid story is EA telling us, the only reason that xbox gets the expansion pack earlier is because microsoft has given a lot of money to DICE, so DICE is giving the expension pack earlier for xbox one, and than some people buy the xbox one instead of the ps4 because of that they get the expansion pack earlier.

    • Josh
      August 16th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      Go back under your rock and contemplate on your thousand conspiracies.

      • Random Person
        September 1st, 2013 at 10:05 pm

        No thats why Microsoft did it. But its the only timed exclusive for Xbox Live…

      • joshiepoo
        December 4th, 2013 at 6:28 am

        Go back under your bridge.

      • Dr_Squishy
        January 2nd, 2014 at 12:28 am

        Right, It’s not like Microsoft has been known to throw around money to get exclusives or anything… oh waaaiiiiiiit…

        January 4th, 2014 at 12:01 pm

        i like how he didnt sat anythign after that XD josh you need to go under your rock

    • Markus
      November 10th, 2013 at 8:52 am

      I completely understand EA for taking their pants of, since Microsoft is a little bigger then they are… What I am wondering of is, that they think that PS players will run on BF4 & Premiums after such an idiotic decisions?! I don’t even intend to buy BF4 (btw. I am ps player, the one crying about never fixed Netcode & bugs in BF3…) After hearing such an idiotic words I just get remembered of whit who I am dealing with at BF branch so, keep your crap I’m banning you (EA) and and game producer you are dealing with out of my shelf. I learned the lessons from you…

      • BF4 Legend
        December 7th, 2013 at 5:10 am

        Companies are there to make money makes perfect sense to me an as im an xbox guy its really a win win situation.

    • DICE FAN #1
      December 16th, 2013 at 5:04 am

      I Agree!! Typical Microsoft move. Money talk bullsh!t walks!

  2. phobia
    July 1st, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Seriously, are they that naive to think that their customers will take that as a credible reason? There obviously is more at stake, most likely MS has paid for this release date advantage.

  3. Your Friendly Neighborhood Poster
    July 1st, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    What bull. They can try to butter it up all they want, we all know Microsoft gave EA money now the DLC is being released on the Xbox first.

    • cosmogama
      July 1st, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      That is the nature of business. Are you mad that a company is trying to seek an advantage over their competition?

      • Your Friendly Neighborhood Poster
        July 2nd, 2013 at 12:02 am

        @ Cosmogama

        Not mad at all, and of course its a business decision. But when companies try to sugar coat their “we got a paycheck so this happened” with public statements that we all know are false it becomes laughable.

        • Mini
          July 2nd, 2013 at 8:27 pm

          Then what are they suppose to say?
          “Oh sorry. Microsoft paid us a good amount of money to release the DLC on Xbox first. Sorry about that.”

          This is called marketing.

          Whatever I really don’t give that much of a shit. We’ll get it a month later. Not a big deal.

          • Roose
            July 3rd, 2013 at 12:44 pm

            Your Friendly Neighborhood Poster is expressing completely reasonable disappointment that DICE is mouthing off stupid marketing rhetoric which is transparently false, and you’re criticizing him for that? Please, kill yourself.

            What are they supposed to say? They should either be honest and say, “We lined up a deal with Microsoft that gave XBox temporarily exclusive content because it made good financial sense without overly compromising the final product.” OR they should simply say nothing at all. Either option would be better than this.

    • mohammad
      July 1st, 2013 at 2:51 pm


  4. Tyrane
    July 1st, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Isn’t there a third DLC, Drone Strike?

    • mohammad
      July 1st, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      no just was a working title , the official dlc’s so far are china rising & second assault .

  5. N-Shifter
    July 1st, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    ” but it’s also partly because the multiplayer of BF3 has been strongly supported by the Xbox community, and we’re showing gratitude for that support.”

    I lol’d – If community support that was the real reason they sure as hell wouldn’t be giving it to Xbox first, PS3 always has more players online playing BF3 every time I check. No matter, I won’t be getting an Xbone anyway, early DLC won’t sway me.

    • Random Person
      September 1st, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      Second Assault is the Only Xbox Timed. Thank god #PlaystationNation

    • Kyser
      October 30th, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      It most assuredly would’ve beeen on PC if their story was sincere, where the community for BF has it’s roots and is still it’s strongest. I’m sick of consoles impeding the titles that were great on PC first and now are slowly being watered down.

      • dingo
        November 7th, 2013 at 3:28 am

        tell me about it

      • Lrenv358
        December 6th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

        so i guess console gamers just shouldn’t get games huh pc punk

  6. cdotcizzle
    July 1st, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I agree with shifter. First: Microsoft pays out the ass to this “advantage” over Sony. Not that its a real advantage anyway, the only way one could call it an advantage is if us PlayStation 4 users could play against Xbox one users. I wish this would be made possible but doubt it ever will.

    And to say its an advantage to get this early access to get more people to buy Xbox one over ps4…. A one month earlier doc access will not sway very many people who have already decided to get ps4 to get xbone. But this is nothing new ms has been doing this for years now with call of duty. We all know that guys reason is bullshit, so no need to get upset.

    Look on, ANY and EVERY time you check it, ps3 has way more people on then Xbox 360 or PC, and bf is built as a PC game, not a ps3 game.

  7. robert
    July 1st, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    good thing i got a Xbone

  8. Dinesen
    July 2nd, 2013 at 2:27 am

    And we haven’t supported you on PlayStation? It’s just a damn bad excuse because Microsoft is fingering EA…

    • Bob
      December 1st, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      PS3 was the largest community for BF3 almost any and everyday you check back before BF4 so you can tell that its absolute crap their feeding us. Their pretty much sugar coating the whole “Microsoft shoveled money in our face and we drooled at it” by feeding us this load of crap.

  9. mohammad
    July 2nd, 2013 at 8:57 am

    whooo calm down man XD we know EA just lying by not say ms payed them alot of money this dlc but we don’t about the other dlc’s & we all know bf3 is the BETA of BF4 ( there are still glitches in many maps ) & yes ps3 players have alot of times playing bf3 but don’t get so negative because of this bro i mean maybe we will get china rising first for PS4 ? who knows ? at least BATTLEFIELD 4 have everything you wanted that you couldn’t have in bf3 except the battle recorder but maybe they’ll show it later .

  10. danvan
    July 2nd, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Xbox gets eveything early cod now bf hate the one

  11. Alex ray
    July 2nd, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Just get xbox and stop raging …lol sounds lik come a bunch of women on the ps4 community. And its just a couple of weeks if anything.

    • N-Shifter
      July 2nd, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Just get an Xbox? That’s your solution, no I’ll get the console that makes the most sense to spend my money on………hint: it’s not an Xbox.

  12. mountainsplitter
    July 2nd, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Everyone is going on and on about consoles. Does anyone realize that the beginning battlefield series was only on pc, and that pc has always been the support to this ea and dice duo. How do you think pc players feel when the game series that we were loyal to got changed to primarily console first. We have to deal with having a game that has been dumbed down beyond belief now. The gameplay is nowhere near what bf2 was. And no im not talking bfbc2, the real bf2. Great game.

  13. mountainsplitter
    July 2nd, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Dont get me wrong, i am actually happy for consoles to be able to enjoy the bf series because it truly is a great game. I just wish they had made a pc specific version. I understand that they have allowed more players and a little bigger maps but the game feels so restrictive in comparison to BF2. Hell, i really just wish they would have taken bf2 and just updated graphics and the hit markers and stuff but kept the game and just updated the graphics. If you havent played bf2 you really should, it is still a great game and any laptop or computer can play it with no problems.

    • warghostmon
      July 24th, 2013 at 9:07 am

      the trick is Split: how does DICE make the battlefield 4 they want on the PC,with them saying at the end, ‘we put in everything we could. we pushed ourselves to the limit and brought out our best Battlefield yet.’, and make BF4 the way that console players don’t feel Discriminated or left out of what was the ‘real’ battlefield. people were mad at the 32 player count already; think of the backlash if the 2 versions were that more divided in quality. it could kill them more than aid them in sales…they have to find a middle ground no matter what one side wants.

  14. FuntimeBen
    July 3rd, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Considering how many 360 BF3 players have jumped ship, myself included, to the PS4 – this is annoying. I hate all this exclusive DLC business. Last round it was the PS3.

    Bleh. Still not going to convince me to buy a Xbox 1. Sticking with the PS4.

    • warghostmon
      July 24th, 2013 at 9:13 am

      1. good choice
      2. the DLC choice is probably just EA trying to get some extra money,but i think its for more than one reason. think about it…all the backlash about the Xbox One probably left it in a bad spot;think about all the disc they made for it before the BS hit; the money they potentially lost.this may just be a shock-absorber,if you will, to make the hit a little less painful.

  15. dan van
    July 3rd, 2013 at 8:36 am

    If bf2 was in d ps2 would it work

  16. Darren
    July 4th, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    It’s not an advantage as ps3 had early access for bf3,as much as I love battlefield I would never have picked PS3 over Xbox 360.

  17. bathman
    July 4th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Why can’t they just be honest and tell us the truth, its not like the truth is secret we all know why Xbox is getting the dlc first.

  18. De3dly Inf3rno
    July 29th, 2013 at 12:13 am

    lol u guys make me laugh serious gamers accept both platforms no matter what I play games on all platforms pc xbox and ps honestly xbox is the best in my opinion for one u have to many people who like to cheat hack and stupid shit on ps I would rather pay 60 a yr for xbox live not only that xbox saved playstations ass with the firewall break and even built them a new and better one when that whole credit card scam not only that u guys fight about what system is better there both pretty much equal read the specs lol pretty much the same who cares who games on witch platform more doesn’t matter thanks to sony and Microsoft for doing what they do for us and entertaining us the best they can ….and for the record there are more gamerz on the xbox then the ps look the shit up like I said tho doesn’t matter ….

    • robb543
      July 29th, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      The fact that you said there are more PS hackers than xbox hackers just proved right there how much you are talking out of your ass. Get some facts before you start acting like you know what you are talking about.

    • robb543
      July 29th, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      And by the way serious gamers don’t let companies screw them over just because they get money for doing so.

  19. God
    July 31st, 2013 at 1:26 am

    I did not know a Microsoft Windows PC was not a Microsoft platform… This changes everything!

  20. darko
    August 5th, 2013 at 4:59 am

    holy shit you people are retarded, PS 3 got all the early access to the DLC during BF 3, now its Xbox’s turn. If they did all the early access AGAIN for PS 3 everyone would shit a baby about how PS 3 gets all the good stuff like you guys are complaining now.

    LOGIC people LOGIC

    • King
      August 6th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      Ever heard of Call of Duty?

      • Retarted
        October 14th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

        Ever figured out they are not made or released by the same Developer or Publisher, so that’s a useless point?

        • Jimmy Mabbitt
          December 3rd, 2013 at 10:25 am

          Activision. (For all of them)

  21. Montana
    August 22nd, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    This is absolutely crap/ Why don’t they mention that how much cheap Microsoft is paying them rather than EA via Dice deceive us who bla bla xbox always support bf3 map package… How about Activation and they are following the same shit… Reason for this shit is that they want Ps3 or ps4 player to switch to their system… but guess what… Xbox 360 or TVbox One even Microsoft Window system is shitty… I own Mac book Pro and ps3 but of course ps4 is on pre-order…..

  22. armando
    November 5th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    The only reason is cuz microsoft payed them so that way people who play bf4 on ps3 would go to the xbox

  23. Freckled fury
    November 12th, 2013 at 5:14 am

    All this rage n anger for what? Xbox or PS…it’s the same infantile “mine is better than yours” that has been plaguing the gamer since the days of Nintendo and sega. Stop bashing a product for its politics and marketing.

    If you going to bitch about dumb shit focus on how stupid it is that ps, xbox, and PC gamers can’t compete. I’d gladly pay a premium so i could face off against all three then at least the silliness going on here could be verbally mouthed off in the midst of battle….not on a forum

  24. Johnny Z.
    November 23rd, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Haha more like Microsoft gave dice a fat ass pay check. Pc gamers talk about how much their Pc is the way to go but yet all these huge franchise don’t give a shit about them??? Why? I’m seriously asking why.

  25. marcus
    November 28th, 2013 at 4:32 am

    As a bf fan and ps4 owner. This brings wroth to my heart and I seek revenge on EA and DICE for it’s betrayal to the consumer. I wish I could refund my bf4 and premium.

  26. George
    November 30th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    How about the fact that a lot of 360 players switched to ps4. Did dice ever contemplate that. No! Obviously they didn’t think before they made that bs pr statement. Dice how about you actually take care of your fans like you claim and release both consoles at the same time. Instead of making false claims. And for all you hateing on the ones that are angry I have a 360 and a ps4 with battlefield for both.( due to my friends ) So dice fix your sh$$.

  27. Ben
    December 6th, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I say bring back the grappling hook from bf2 spec ops

  28. Yo Man
    December 7th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Wow EA, way to suck Microsoft’s micro chode.

  29. Zues
    December 8th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Bf4 dlc should be released on all platforms at the same time, none of this back hand business. Ive been loyal to the playstation since day one and would never buy an xbox even tho ther both great. It comes down to personal choice at the end of the day. Giving xboxs an early release wont sway many loyal playstation fans to xbox. We all pay for the content so it should be available to everyone. Obviously sony doesnt feel the need to line pockets in order to gain customers

  30. BF_Fan
    December 11th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    So premium members on PC, 360 and PS that paid the same $53 for membership and $60 for the game will not get the early content they paid for? That sounds like false advertisement, not delivering. That’s wrong. It says you get early access to all DLC content. It doesn’t say “the members of certain platforms get the things they paid for but not the rest.” Considering the amount of issues with the game itself you’d think they’d rethink their relationships with customers they should value equally.

  31. tanner
    December 12th, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    im on xbox 360. I missed the timed release for second assault. can I still get it or even at a later date? I didn’t even know of this dlc coming out

  32. William G
    December 18th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I never owned a microsoft console and I never will. It’s not that I’m a fanboy, it’s just that I’m pro consumer. I can’t bring myself to hand over any of my cash to company that’s spent the past ten years using their money, not to fund exclusives, but just to keep games out of the hands of gamers. Why would I want to help a company that’s always used it’s money to harm my experience?

  33. Brent S.
    December 26th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    This is fine at least xbone doesnt get planetside 2 or killzone. Have fun with halo the only exsclusive worth playing

  34. cristiana Ronaldo
    December 27th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Rofl at all the phony whiners, nobody gave a shit when bf3 on ps3 got all dlc 1 week earlier even with premium but if its on a microsoft plattform its moneyhatting

    So why dont you all quit your bitching and play the game 🙂

  35. Glen
    January 2nd, 2014 at 5:48 am

    Only reason why xbox made this move is because ps4 is a threat to them and better system overall. I could of got the xbox one in December but I pre ordered the ps4 because it was a better system for gaming.. I’ll get my ps4 in February. So if I can wait that long for my ps4 than this timed exclusive crap is nothing.

  36. ThisAssholeAgain
    January 4th, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Can’t blame DICE, people just whine about it and keep feeding them money.
    How about instead of paying DICE, you all just pay me $115 and I will hand you a blank disc and claim it’s BF4. Hell, I will even give you my phone number so you can yell at me directly when the shit doesn’t work. Who the hell would do that right? Well you all did it if you bought BF4. What’s the difference, if a game doesn’t work, it doesn’t work.

  37. Ian buis
    January 5th, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Why is everyone pissed off? You know that xbox will get it first. Don’t like that ps players have to wait? Then get xbox and stop complaining.

    • idyit
      January 18th, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      the reason is ITS ONLY FOR XBOX ONE the system noone liked or wil ever like

  38. Greg
    January 7th, 2014 at 9:47 am

    some people would bitch if they got hung with a new rope.I have had both consolesPlayStation 1 2 & 3 Xbox and Xbox 360 I have played the ps4 & I have played Xbox One and my conclusion is like always the Xbox system is far superiorwith a lot more fun games… all you PlayStation fans do some homework before you start talking trash and make yourself look like a bunch of fools! I used to be a PlayStation fan until one of my friends talked me into trying Xbox.. now? laugh my ass off at you PS guys you guys are like Apple fans you’re so blinded by what everyone else says that you can’t think for yourself!

  39. Zap731
    January 11th, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    It’s simply:5 tags events,5 dlc…who play on console knows that if you see the premium tag they are call by the maps name of dlc… So the 10th of February is too early for naval strike and.. Yes we probably get access to second assault…

  40. Aron
    January 18th, 2014 at 1:10 am

    If you notice, most people commenting are from PS4. So to me, this suggest most of the PS4 players are already bored with their console so and finding some corner of the internet to cry. Where as most Xboxone players are still buy enjoying a real console. The only advantage PS has is age, most people hate new, and PC is jus a different system all together. But tbf? The Xbox one is closer to a computer system than the PS4. Why won’t you PS Sony bummers let Sony die already. They spew bad products, bad games, and bad events. Let them die and then everyone can be happy together, on Xbox one. Come come, you know you want to.

  41. G. Rasputin
    January 27th, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Take a deep breath guys.

    I was on my search for when the new expansion pack is going to creep up on my DLC and all I find is a bunch of hate :p. Its expected but reading a few of these comments have left me to add to this debacle of a debate on who is winning this war. Taken that breath? Here it is, The Fat CATS are winning the console wars. Those that have no idea in your wants or expectations on what is fun anymore. Those that just spew out enough money to find ways to add more currency to a lot of things we as gamers I suppose consider to be better or faster. Whatever the case is, they are winning and the only reason why they are winning is because you end up settling for less. Games that at times will cost you 10x more with added content to be exclusive for richer members. I know I am a gamer for I have owned many consoles and still depended on my trusty PCs in which I have built myself. Consoles have turned into one time use pacifiers in which after a few years its time to suck on their new suppose richer and better tasty pacifiers. I will still buy consoles only cause theres a lot of good gamers out there still doing what they do best. Play! We still have our opinions and of course our critique of the consoles compared to PC. Lets get real here though, it takes a PC to make the magic happen in those laughable boxes you fan boys disguised as gamers play on. Here is the thing, its only gonna get worse. This broken game has its numbers and so will the next broken game and the next one and so on. It wont end until you all stop sucking on what these companies make you think is better and stop buying into their bullshit. That goes as well in buying clothes for your avatar. BF3 I gave it the benefit of the doubt that it was only on the works to progress and sadly I have been wrong. There’s is only one thing I can do at this point, enjoy my already bought game and it does not matter what platform I am in. Here is something I will not do though, Is support the next broken gen game by trying to shove it up my ass and pretend that I am enjoying it like the rest on here. Sorry EA, I made my last purchase with your BF4, no more EA games for me. Honestly that doesn’t even matter to them, I am probably just one out of every hundred client to do this. No harm done just saying you all need to start demanding for better games or better yet show them how to make a better game. Pick one before they start to believe you actually do like the crap they pour out.

  42. u now it
    January 29th, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    its understandable yet change is not possible because theres to many fat white people that won’t get off their fat ass to turn off the microwave. yet are the first ones in line to get another peice of something that crawled out the asses of RICH fat white people

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