I understand most of you are pumped for a true battlefield sequel, I am too, but the hype is too damn much, we are setting ourselves up for disappointment.
- DICE hasn't made even a PC oriented game since BF2142- Bad Company 2 was a PC port through and through, the models weren't changed in any way to accommodate different resolutions, for the first few weeks the game was out the server browser was so broken it had to be completely revamped and for many it still does not work, it didn't allow for any sort of save system in the singleplayer other than the one autosave you had and the mechanics of the shooting were simplified even beyond what Call of Duty was doing. (No leaning, no prone, simple things that simply weren't implemented.) It lacked support for Voice chat except in very rare cases (In 100 hours of play, ive heard maybe 3 people with mics in-game, and fromw hat I hear it doesn't usually work for anyone.) and the friends feature was almost non existent on PC. also the dedicated server feature was still under EA's direct control. Continually in the ad's leading up to Bad Company 2, they said they were making a push to impove the game for the PC audience, but they didn't, i guess multiple monitor support was kinda cool for the 4 people who have them.
- EA never got it's COD killer, and you can bet that they still want it- Medal of Honor was a bust, and although Bad Company did well on PC it did worse on consoles, the exact market EA needs to be able to break into with an FPS of their own. A pure Battlefield sequel on a console could work from EA's perspective to steal some of Activision's audience. DICE is the only developer they have actively working for them that could possibly counter Call of Duty. Also, its been said that DICE has "set their sights on Call of Duty"
- $60 dollar, multiplayer only games do not work- EA would be out of their mind to release a full priced cross platform game without a single player experience, if there is a singleplayer experience the multiplayer will ultimately suffer for it. I am of the belief that Bad Company 2 had the worst singleplayer campaign of the last few years. We are the only people who would pay full price for a game with just multiplayer, the average and somewhat informed consumer (The one who plays Call of Duty) will want more than just an online experience. It will either cost forty bucks and be multiplayer only or it will be full price and have both.
- The console is where the money is- I love PC gaming, and it is by no where near dead, but there are alot of dudes with xbox's and PS3's, Bad Company 2 only did as good as it did because its been so long since a Battlefield game was on a PC and MW2 had turned away a fair number of PC players. Taking another swing at the console market after Bad Company 2 would be well worth the effort. Infinity Ward was a PC developer not too long ago...
- You people want too damn much- Seriously, this is the biggest issue with all the hype, you people are out of your minds, i've seen so many posts about what each person wants to see in this game that it doesn't seem imaginable, your unending wishlists of what should happen don't coincide with anything a large modern developer would create, it has to cater to everyone, not just PC players and without making 2 separate games all the complexity we want and all the simplicity consoles demand cannot coexist beneath the same brand name. Raising the player cap, adding unlocks, new maps as well as your favorite maps from games past, support for all your PC inputs and friends lists and a million different vehicles, lots of different guns, destructibility, multiple player classes, the ability to dig a hole with a grenade launcher: these are some of the things ive seen, including all of them would mean this game wouldn't come out for a very long time.
I really hope im wrong on every single point above, but it just doesn't seem realistic for BF3 to be anywhere near what we truly want. I see 3 options, one, we are truly disappointed, two, BF3 is just BF2 HD (starcraft 2 style), or three, they pull a civ 5 and simplify the game, keeping much of the complexity for some people but clearing out most of it in favor of more approachability.
Don't fuck up DICE.