Battlefield 3 Capable of Supporting 256 Players on PC, But DICE Ain’t Goin’ There

I feel compelled to share whenever I read a story about developers who don’t deliver exactly what fans may want in favor of making what they feel is a better game. In this case, I’m referring to DICE CEO Patrick Söderlund telling Atomic MPC that they could deliver 256-player online games in Battlefield 3, but that they’re putting the limit at 64 (on PC; console limit is 24) because it stops being fun after that.

Technically, we can go to 256, we’ve tried it. We play tested with 128. You’ve got to make a game that’s fun to play. And, arguably, we think that the most fun you can have is when it’s between 32 and 40 players. And we’ve done substantial research into this and tested 128 and that it’s not fun. Maybe we haven’t done our design work good enough, but we just feel like there’s no point in going higher than 64.

Preach it.

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6 Comments on Battlefield 3 Capable of Supporting 256 Players on PC, But DICE Ain’t Goin’ There


On March 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm

great article!


On March 10, 2011 at 11:10 pm

I’ll believe it when I see it. Hit detection and overall responsiveness in Bad Company 2 is still subpar compared to any other shooter on my top end system. Unless they’ve fixed the problems with their destruction engine, BF3 won’t be worth buying.


On March 11, 2011 at 6:23 am

Shocked Just imagine if they did make it… 256 people on the same server. All without orders or a plan. I think I know why it stopped being fun, Cool Laughing

Oompa Loompa

On March 11, 2011 at 8:44 am

Why don’t they have 1 type of match that is 256 people? Give other people the option of a large war or a small fight IMO.


On March 13, 2011 at 6:30 pm

don’t limit the community potential.. and even if you try they will just 256p mod ;p


On April 1, 2011 at 10:04 am

Sounds like they’re saying “Yeah, I could totally beat up that guy… I just don’t want to!”

Seriously, don’t say you can do something, and not back it up. Do like Oompa Loompa said, just make one gamemode with 256 players max. No reason they can’t, unless their servers can’t handle it, but that’s what hosted games are for!