DICE “Afraid Of All The Things That Can Come” From BF3 Mods
Now, you’re probably wondering where the hell official modding tools for Battlefield 3 are. Nowhere, of course. Hell, EA pretty much ruled them out in June of 2011, claiming that the game’s engine is far too complex for those poor modders’ simple brains to grasp. No seriously, they said “If you look at the Frostbite engine, and how complex it is, it’s going to be very difficult for people to mod the game because of the nature of the set up of levels, of the destruction and all those things.”
While I’m pretty sure that the glut of amazing GTA IV mods is a giant middle finger to EA’s statements, and while I’m pretty sure this is one of the most ignorantly condescending things a developer has ever said about the people who buy their games, I have to admit it’s a really subtle way of pretending there aren’t financial considerations at stake. I have to at least respect unctuousness when it’s demonstrably pro level slime. And anyway, the point is that we’ve known since last year that there probably won’t ever be official modding tools for BF3.
However, people keep asking for them, and a question from Gamasutra to DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson about the matter revealed a bit more of the truth behind the lack of official tools. Troedsson admitted that modders are critically important for giving games longevity, but said, quote, “we’re afraid of all the things that can come with releasing the code.” What ‘things’ is he referring to, pray tell? Apparently, hacking exploits. Sure, I bet. Oh, he also said that since BF3 is multi-platform, if they release modding tools for PC, they’d have to do so for consoles as well.
Just savor the taste of that bullsh*t for a moment. Feel it penetrate your subconscious. Genius.
I get it. DICE can’t come out and just admit that because modding extends the life of a game for many years beyond a normal retail cycle, Electronic Arts is doing everything they damned will can to ensure people can’t do it. It’s the same reason they’re ruining SimCity with all-multiplayer, all online play. Because they don’t want you to keep playing once Battlefield 4 comes out.
In the meantime, too late. People are modding BF3. Guess people can handle that complexity after all.