DICE: No Modding Tools Planned For Battlefield 3 Launch, Frostbite Too Complex

By William Usher 2011-07-07 04:56:33 discussion comments
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I don’t know if it’s a testament to the sheer uberness of the Frostbite 2.0 or the lack of willingness on the part of DICE, but in a recent interview it was confirmed that no modding tools are being planned upon the release of Battlefield 3.

In an interview with Gamestar [via YouTube] Patrick Söderlund talks a little bit about Battlefield 3, answering questions asked by the community. When the question pops up about the possibility of modding Battlefield 3 right out of the box, Söderlund states that…
if you look at the Frostbite engine, and how complex it is, it's going to be very difficult for people to mod the game. Because of the nature of the set up of levels, the destruction, and all those things, it's quite tricky, so we think it's going to be too big of a challenge for people to make a mod."

Based on some of the development layouts DICE released for tweaking the vehicle physics, audio and animations in the game, it came across as if potential modders would need a degree in engineering and…well, physics.



Still, modders want to mod and some of them have no lives and it’s all they live for…to mod. One of the more coherent statements from a Youtube user sums up how modders feel about the news, writing…
There will be no modding tools because EA bought us and wants to sell you trinkets for 15 EUR. Its hard to sell you shit for gold prices if people are making similar or better stuff for free.

Yes Lobos222, you hit the nail on the head: why release free modding tools to a community who spends every waking moment modding and making awesome crap for free, when you can spend two or three months doing the same thing and charge $20 for it?

EA is like a shark on the hunt and DLC is just another form of bait to goad unsuspecting consumers into the water, so EA can eat the financial flesh off their victims.

Alternatively, this is expert marketing at its best and Söderlund’s comments simply reflect a timed maneuver in which EA will first milk the community with some premium DLC and then afterward release modding tools for the freeloaders.

Then again, I could be wrong and maybe EA has no plans to allow DICE to release modding tools whatsoever. I hope that’s not the case because that would mean everyone who stopped supporting Activision because of their BS would then be supporting EA for their BS. It’s like being stuck with Al Sharpton or Sarah Palin as the only two choices for President…*shutters*

Anyways, Battlefield 3 is due out on October 25th for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. You can learn more about Battlefield 3 by visiting the Official Website.
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