"Battlefield 4," the latest entry in EA/DICE's smash hit shooter franchise will keep the modern-day setting popularized in titles like "Battlefield: Bad Company 2" and "Battlefield 3," reports The Verge. "Battlefield 4" is also scheduled to hold a public beta, should players pre-order and purchase the limited edition version of "Medal Of Honor: Warfighter." The beta will be playable in the fall of 2013, not long after the release of the latest "Medal Of Honor" game, which releases October 23, 2012.

EA Digital Illusions CE's general manager Karl Troedsson had this to say regarding the setting, "We still want to stay in this genre, the modern day as it is. We feel this is a place we can be and continue with the series. 'Battlefield 4' can live in this space and be very successful," he said, teasing fans with what's on the horizon for the franchise.

Previous entries in the series have been set in the future, as well as during World War 2. The series has also seen a wild departure from the "Wild Bunch"-stylings of the "Bad Company" series, instead taking on a drastically more real tone with "Battlefield 3," which was specifically aimed at rivaling Activision's "Call Of Duty" franchise, even going so far as using the slogan "Above and beyond the Call."

Fans of the "Bad Company" series should take heart, as Troedsson added "that doesn't mean there might not be a 'Bad Company' game again in the future."

The game will make use of the vaunted Frostbite 2 engine, which delivers near-photorealistic HD-quality visuals, as well as outstanding game quality all-around. Advancements have been made to the system since its initial use with "Battlefield 3," which makes its use in the latest entry all the more exciting.