The State of the Battlefield Franchise: Battlefield 3

Posted by Jayross (2365 posts) -

Battlefield 3

 
Battlefield 3 was supposedly announced in June 2009, by John Pleasants, EA's chief operating officer at the time.  
 

I've had the luxury of looking at Battlefield 3 over at DICE in Sweden and was highly impressed by the way the team is working on that product," he said. "Of course, that's not [coming out] in the fiscal year, but that is a product that is looking very good.    

   
Now, I am not totally convinced by this comment, and I still think he might have mistaken Bad Company 2 with Battlefield 3. Although since EA never publicly corrected the comment, maybe it was accurate. 
 
So, assuming Battlefield 3 was in development in June 2009, and is "looking very good", it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to assume we will hear some news at E3. Although I am not sure how DICE will balance Bad Company and Battlefield. Bad Company 2 was well received on the PC, but it still wasn't Battlefield 3. 
 
Will DICE release Battlefield 3 for the consoles? If they do, it would have to be a Modern Combat type of situation, where the console game is pretty different from the PC version. Unless DICE can really optimize the code for Frostbite, I doubt we will be seeing large-scale conquest maps like in BF2, especially if you add in destruction. The best thing for DICE to do is to keep the standard Battlefield for PC-only, but also work on Bad Company as a PC+Console release, while still supporting it.
 
Ideally, DICE would announce Battlefield 3 with a trailer at E3, for PC only. But let's be honest, after the huge success of BC2 and 1943 on the consoles, EA isn't going to divert all of the resources towards BF3, and will surely have some future Battlefield plans for consoles.  
 
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#1 Posted by Jayross (2365 posts) -

Battlefield 3

 
Battlefield 3 was supposedly announced in June 2009, by John Pleasants, EA's chief operating officer at the time.  
 

I've had the luxury of looking at Battlefield 3 over at DICE in Sweden and was highly impressed by the way the team is working on that product," he said. "Of course, that's not [coming out] in the fiscal year, but that is a product that is looking very good.    

   
Now, I am not totally convinced by this comment, and I still think he might have mistaken Bad Company 2 with Battlefield 3. Although since EA never publicly corrected the comment, maybe it was accurate. 
 
So, assuming Battlefield 3 was in development in June 2009, and is "looking very good", it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to assume we will hear some news at E3. Although I am not sure how DICE will balance Bad Company and Battlefield. Bad Company 2 was well received on the PC, but it still wasn't Battlefield 3. 
 
Will DICE release Battlefield 3 for the consoles? If they do, it would have to be a Modern Combat type of situation, where the console game is pretty different from the PC version. Unless DICE can really optimize the code for Frostbite, I doubt we will be seeing large-scale conquest maps like in BF2, especially if you add in destruction. The best thing for DICE to do is to keep the standard Battlefield for PC-only, but also work on Bad Company as a PC+Console release, while still supporting it.
 
Ideally, DICE would announce Battlefield 3 with a trailer at E3, for PC only. But let's be honest, after the huge success of BC2 and 1943 on the consoles, EA isn't going to divert all of the resources towards BF3, and will surely have some future Battlefield plans for consoles.  
 
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#2 Edited by zeefoes (51 posts) -

BF3 will not come out on consoles, that's why they have the Bad Company and Modern Combat series. 
 
I think it'll be the same story as BF2, no single player with a tactical multiplayer focus. BF3, like BF2, would be too technical to port to consoles.

#3 Posted by Nadafinga (957 posts) -

I' ve kind of been thinking along the same lines as you. The Bad Company series is more console focused (notice Onslaught Mode is only coming out on consoles), and Battlefield 3 will be their big PC game in a year or two. Of course, to appease the console players who don't get to play BF3, they'll have to release Bad Company 3 soon after it (or at least announce it as coming soon).
 
Oh, and I agree with you about that quote from Pleasants...the more time that passes, the more I think he was looking at Bad Company 2.

#4 Posted by MrSnow (1213 posts) -

No...............no this cant be............................... 
 
Howl ! Howl ! Howl ! Howl ! ( which play is that from)
 
Why is god so cruel.

#5 Posted by Jayross (2365 posts) -

Alright... so it seems to be official.  
 
BATTLEFIELD 3 EXISTS!

#6 Posted by Joelteon7 (100 posts) -

Not only that, but it's multi-platform! Didn't see that coming before, especially as there is no allusion to a special version (like Modern Combat for the consoles, as a watered-down version of BF2). 
 
I wonder if they started on  it after 2142, with a handful working on through the release of Heroes and the two Bad Company games, and after MoH the non follow-up support people will be fully committed to 3. What this all means, of course, is that details should be coming out soonish.

#7 Posted by Diamond (8634 posts) -

Yea I really figured they wouldn't make another PC exclusive BF game...

#8 Posted by Icil (727 posts) -
@zeefoes said:
" BF3 will not come out on consoles, that's why they have the Bad Company and Modern Combat series "
That's really interesting. I hope they take advantage of all the great things you can do with PC-only games. 3D support? Dedicated servers is a given, right? 
 
Nah, who am I kiddin...
 
#9 Posted by BUNTING1243 (21 posts) -

But what will it be? It seems Bad Company 2 is an evoultion of what Battlefield 2 is. What could they do to change it from what Bad Company does?
#10 Posted by Joelteon7 (100 posts) -

Technically, BC2 is an evolution of BC1, which adapts some features of BF2, but it's not supposed to have the same direction. BC is designed to be more infantry based, whilst Battlefield is, you could argue, the 'truer' experience where vehicle warfare comes into its own.

#11 Posted by JiuJitsuka85 (377 posts) -

Hm. If they make the graphics a bit better ( artstyle wise ) en add jets / planes. That would be nice.

#12 Edited by Donos (1193 posts) -

I think  DICE has found some other options for fitting the BF3 experience onto consoles. In a forums post a while ago, one of the devs said that the current limiting factor to player caps on console is bandwidth, which is restricted on PSN and Xbox Live by Sony and Microsoft respectively. The big bandwidth eater in Bad Company 1/2 is the destruction, which is why the console player caps were restricted.
 
The upshot is that if DICE decided to simplify or entirely remove destruction for BF3, they could significantly bump up the player cap on consoles, and improve connections on PC. I think this could work for them, keeping the Bad Company games with a focus on infantry and destruction, while maintaining main Battlefield games as larger scale and vehicle based.

#13 Posted by StingJR (6 posts) -

I really hope they put prone back in the game and up the player count. Destruction is cool but I want to play against more people. Battlefield 2 had awesome 64 player matches and I miss that.

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