Following yesterday's announcement of a Battlefield 4 beta code being included with the Medal of Honor Warfighter LE, fans had lingering questions. DICE has taken to answering a few of them, including the fate of Battlefield 3 and requested features they're trying to slip into B4.
An official thread on Reddit (via OXM) shares the details. The team promises continued support for Battlefield 3, and that DICE has a separate team working on Battlefield 4. The beta is set to hit in fall 2013, with the game (obviously) coming sometime shortly afterwards. "Starting work on Battlefield 4 does not mean that we will be abandoning Battlefield 3," the post states. If you want to get in on the beta, you'll have other opportunities besides Warfighter. But that game is the only way to "guarantee" beta access right now.
As for Battlefield 4 itself, DICE has noted a few common fan requests and is trying to implement them in Battlefield 4. These include a better VOIP solution, battle record, spectator mode, and better eSports support. The company also addresses concerns about the short time frame for this sequel. "I truly believe that we're in one of the best positions to be creating our next title," the post states. "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."