Console Restrictions For Battlefield 3 Multiplayer

by Clayton on July 27, 2011

Decisions, decisions...

Patrick Bach stated this week that the console versions of the new Battlefield offering, Battlefield 3, will be restricted to a max of 24 players down enormously from the PC’s 64 players.

“…The biggest difference between the PC and console version of Battlefield 3 is that we have 64 players on PC and 24 players maximum on console. The rest is more or less the same. We use the same engine, the same technology, the same animation system and 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 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? You could argue that other games do [fewer] players as well. There are games that do less, and there are games that do more. We don’t see games that have more players as a better experience, so having more players doesn’t automatically give you a better experience….”

He continued to highlight the differences in the games maps between PC and Console;

“…When we say they are smaller, it’s not that we have cut them in half. 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…”

Quite a bizarre closing statement considering the opening comments…


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