Apr 24, 2011
DICE have been doing a fantastic job of putting together the teasers for the upcoming third instalment in the Battlefield series of first person shooters. With the release of this 12 minute trailer of the the single player campaign being particularly impressive
The game is set in the near future and those pesky insurgents just won’t let it lie. Snipers, booby traps and ambushes. It beats a day at the office.
The multiplayer gameplay is due to be shown at this year’s E3 convention and so we’ll have to wait until then before getting to see exactly what DICE have in store for us. Daniel ‘Zh1nt0′ Matros, the global Battlefield community manager remained very tight lipped regarding what would be included in the upcoming title when he was a guest on the Don’t Revive Me Bro podcast from dontrevivemebro.com. Understandably Daniel Matros could not confirm or deny any apsects of the unfinished game.
However there is speculation that there will be prone which was included in Battlefield 2, but not in Battlefield Bad Company 2 (the most recent Battlefield game). The subject of the ability to go prone has left the community somewhat divided with proponents stating that being able to go prone is realistic, which opponents indicate that the prone ability will only help campers and damage gameplay, especially in hardcore game modes where there is no killer camera.
More speculation is that if prone is included then you will be unable to shoot….. something that does not make any sense whatsoever. Daniel Matros stated that DICE like to try and keep their games in the middle ground between arcade and realism so not being able to shoot while lying down goes against both. The main concern other than aiding and abetting campers is that Battlefield 3 could turn in to Call of Duty Black Ops with ‘drop shotting’ and ‘dolphin diving’ becoming the order of the day.
DICE however are very good at keeping balance in their gaming and so will undoubtedly introduce some very complicated physics to make such techniques virtually impossible to reliably pull off. Anyone who has played Battlefield Bad Company 2 will know exactly how difficult DICE have made it to successfully jump shot someone, especially with an RPG.
With the inclusion of the Frostbite 2 engine we can expect to see play become more tactical, especially when the cover you’re hiding behind can be shot away until your melon presents a juicy target to the enemy. We can expect to see the same level of destructible environments and ragdoll effects as in previous games, but with added oomph.
If you pre-order Battlefield 3 you’ll get the Karkand Expansion pack for free (although currently there is no information on how much the expansion pack likely to be).
The game will be available on PC, PS3 and Xbox360 formats (sorry Wii peeps no BF3 for you). Release date is around October/November 2011.
Battlefield 3 – Limited Edition (PC DVD)
Battlefield 3 – Limited Edition (PS3)
Battlefield 3 – Limited Edition (Xbox 360)