DICE Studio Head Patrick Bach Talks Battlefield 3 'Differences'


The head of studio, DICE that makes the Battlefield series today talked about the differences between the P.C and console versions of its next instalment, Battlefield 3 which will be released later this year. In the interview with Gamezone.de he talks about various subjects on Battlefield 3 including why the maps for the console version of the game will be smaller than the title’s P.C counterpart and why the tech that is used for the game is the same on both versions of the FPS. Check out what he had to say below –

“The biggest difference between the PC and console version of Battlefield 3 is that we have 64 players on the PC and 24 players maximum on console,” Bach explained to Gamezone.de.

“The rest is more or less the same: we use the same engine, the same technology, the same animation system, the same lighting system. Our aim is to give the player the exact same experience and not try to dumb down the console version.

“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?”

Bach said just because some games “have more players,” doesn’t mean it will provide a “better [multiplayer] experience,” and that BF3 fans would be “very upset” over the game looking worse if it were to implement 64 player maps on consoles.

He goes on to say the maps for console and PC are “more or less the same,” but the former’s are not necessarily smaller.

“When we say they are smaller, it’s not that we have cut them in half,” he explained. “But we tried to compact them slightly to keep the action up. If you compare it to Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the maps weren’t really small on console. We actually had huge maps even for console. We have the same kind of angle on it right now. We want to create the same experience for PC as for consoles.”

Thanks to Gamezone.de.

Battlefield 3 is released on October 25th in North America and on October 28th in Europe.

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