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.