A lot of people have been fighting over the differences between the various versions of Battlefield 3, arguably the first next-generation game (for PC) that will be coming out this fall for multiple platforms. However, DICE has had to make some major sacrifices to the gameplay of Battlefield 3 in order to fit it onto consoles and they admit that if they had kept 64-players as an option for consoles then they would have had to axe graphics, destructibility and all the vehicles.
Speaking on trading off features and functions in the game, DICE CEO Patrick Bach had a talk with the guys and gals at German site, GameZone (via CVG) saying that…
"If you want the same quality of game, I would say it's really, really hard. We tried to get more players in [to the console version] but then you need to scale down all the graphics, scale down all the destructibility, and sometimes you need to scale down all the map sizes. Everything is a compromise on: where do you cut?Very true…where do you cut when the technology limits you on what you can do? It would be interesting if they did make variations of Battlefield for consoles that did focus on specific features from the PC version…such as a Battlefield that focused only on destroying environments, or one that just had a ton of players and vehicles but no destructibiliyt, etc.
Of course, Bach didn’t want to draw the ire of the community with remarks like “They’re just lazy” or “They’re fanboys of ‘X’ console…” and he quickly stated that…
"Everything is a compromise. It's not that we're evil or stupid. We didn't choose not to have more players - we would love to do 64 players on console but then we would have to cut away so much; people would get very upset that it looked worse, played worse and wasn't as fun as the PC version. We would never do that because the fun is always more important."There’s always the option of just making the game look like a PS2 title with low-res textures and then adding all the other fun stuff in there, but I get the feeling a lot of people wouldn’t be very fond of that business decision.
You can learn more about Battlefield 3, which is due out this October for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, by visiting the Official Website.