Battlefield 3's upcoming Close Quarters expansion won't use the traditional Conquest or Rush modes. Instead, the new maps will feature a distinct game type called Conquest Domination.
"We used the spawning systems from Battlefield 3 Team Deathmatch and came up with a Conquest mode adapted for smaller spaces," said Close Quarters lead designer Niklas Fegraeus on the Battlefield Blog. "We called it Conquest Domination, and it worked beautifully. In particular, flag defense is suddenly more important, and you get different tactical layers due to the subtle differences the new mode provides. It’s reminiscent of those tactics I practiced to perfection in my e-sports days. Listen for the footsteps, spray the wall, throw your grenade, cover one angle each and constantly communicate."
The experience grows with our tried and tested squad play mechanics, and the intensity and pure challenge of trying to dominate these close quarters is something I’m convinced will put even the best squads to the test."
Close Quarters adds four new infantry-focused maps. From what we've seen so far, they're almost entirely indoors. Destructible environments play a greater role than usual.
"When removing large and process heavy elements like tanks, and scaling down Battlefield to a tighter scale, we are given some extra Frostbite 2 oomph at our disposal," said Fegraeus. "The engine has fantastic destructive capabilities, and with more CPU overhead, we could put it to the ultimate test."
To illustrate how destructive a Close Quarters match will be, DICE released a time lapse video. Check it out below. For an extended look at Close Quarters, watch the Ziba Tower trailer released earlier this week.