This month’s cover game for Game Informer is Battlefield 3. As such, the feature story of the issue concerns EA and DICE’s next epic shooter. The fine sleuths at NeoGAF have done the rest of the internet a favor and converted the article into quick facts for devouring.
According to the story, DICE has had the idea for Battlefield in place for a long time, they’ve just been waiting for the tech to catch up with their vision. Frostbite 2.0 will anchor the mechanics and gameplay of this epic sequel. Because of the nature of the tool set and the complexity within, there will be no mod tools available to the community at launch.
However, lighting, effects and the engine itself have been entirely re-written to support Battlefield 3. Level destruction returns and is more believable than before. Furthermore, character animations are going to run on the same system that EA Sports titles now use.
Where gameplay is concerned, players will be looking at a whole slew of changes. The main campaign will be co-op for some team up action. The storyline, according to the developers, is epic and well driven. Though that’s a claim almost every game maker has up their sleeve.
On the online multiplayer side, players will have four classes available to them for play. However, only 24 players will be able to play in any given match at any given time; this final point is a pretty big knock for PC gamers.
Battlefield 3 will, of course, feature dedicated servers. That should stymy the efforts of angry gamers for a bit… at least until they consider the ramifications of the reduced player counts for multiplayer sessions.
Finally, as DICE’s Adam Kertz said earlier this week, Battlefield 3 is not a sequel to Battlefield: Bad Company 2. This single player campaign is completely unique and separate.
Battlefield 3 is set for release on the PC, PS3 and 360 in the fall of this year.