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On PC Battlefield 3

A post to the Electronic Arts Forums by DICE designer Alan 'Demize99' Kertz talks about the effort they are putting into the PC port of Battlefield 3, the next installment in their military shooter sequel, showing a straightforward understanding of the concerns PC players have about consolization (thanks Ant via Planet Battlefield). Here's a bit:

Consoles generally are less tolerant of overly complex interfaces. They have less buttons, you need more elegant interfaces. Deep systems work well though if they have a straight forward interface. The fun is not in figuring out how to use the system, it's in figuring out how to best use the system.

PC players have their own set of requirements. They tend to play only on PC, and they know their PCs have capabilities beyond that of a console. The gap is narrowing, but PCs still have a clear advantage in memory. PC players also demand a PC interface, a server browser, and anything that feels like it might have been "ported" from a console is going to get flamed hard. They are more forgiving of complex systems and will tear any design down into its parts to really figure out how it works. It's a damn sight harder to please a PC player, they have higher expectations.

It's too early to talk BF3 specifics. But it's never too early for me to acknowledge that PC players have a fear that BF3 will be "consolized." PC gaming is alive and well, BFBC2 has proven that and no one at DICE or EA can argue with the numbers. Battlefield 3 needs an extra bit of special attention on the PC. I intend to give it that attention, tradition and our community demand it.

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72. Re: On PC Battlefield 3 Oct 22, 2010, 12:27 bhcompy
 
G-Snake wrote on Oct 22, 2010, 09:53:
Well after reading up some more and viewing those slides that were linked earlier, I can say that I've more or less lost all hope for BF3.

Another great franchise brutally raped and murdered by mentally retarded developers and crappy consoles.

Guess I'll be playing BF2 for another 5 years (that's assuming EA doesn't take down the stats/rankings before BF3 is released...which will likely happen).

No more money from me DICE :(. From so much potential, to so much fucking agony in failing to just simply listen to their customers. I've gone from wanting to see DICE succeed to wanting to see DICE fail miserably so they can stop perpetuating this nightmare.

To be fair, DICE isn't the only development studio guilty of this, I think most of them are now.

/rant

To be more fair, DICE was cool until EA bought them and wrecked it
 
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