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.

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7 Comments on DICE “Afraid Of All The Things That Can Come” From BF3 Mods


On August 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm

EA wrong again lolz


On August 20, 2012 at 8:32 pm

The easiest way to make yourself look dumb: tell millions of people that your program is too complex for them, and they could never make it work. You will be proven wrong within 7 days of making that statement.

But as I said in another post, the amount of dbaggery anything EA is connected to is pretty staggering, even for hardened cynics.


On August 20, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Wow, EA and the dev studios it controls are beyond ridiculous. I can see why they wouldn’t admit that they don’t want people playing BF3 mods when BF4 is out, but I don’t see it as a bad thing to admit that there are financial reasons. At least admit that it costs time and money to release a mod kit. Then the answer is somewhat honest, at least.

Seriously, I’ve seen way too many impressive mods in various games done without the use of official mod kits to believe that nobody would be able to handle it. Just because someone doesn’t work for a dev studio doesn’t mean that the concepts are beyond them. And I’m downright flabbergasted by the comment that they would have to release mod kits for consoles. Nobody does that, so why would they even begin to think that they needed to. Gamers understand that if you buy the console version you won’t be seeing mods. Nobody would be asking for it, and I can’t believe that a dev would say such a thing. I have to think he was just making something up because there is no way he can honestly believe the words that came out of his mouth.


On August 20, 2012 at 8:57 pm

EA fear of losing control?… Control of their games… Control of what people will play and when…

Too late EA… Most players are not as gullible as you may think…

I don’t have BF3, and not allowing modding is certainly not going to make me change my mind…
As affirming loud such nonsense will make me think twice about purchasing future EA products…


On August 20, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I wonder if EA knows that a lot of people, myself included go out of their way to buy mod friendly games. Hell, half the reason I’ve loved every Elderscrolls game since Morrowind, and snapped up every expansion for them as soon as I could afford to, is because of the strong modding community.

It’s also worth speculating on another reason for EA’s mod-phobia. Both the Sims and the Sims 2 came out before microtransactions had really taken off, and both had extensive support for custom content. Come Sims 3 and it’s very hard to find third party content because EA was really, really hoping to be able to sell new items to players via microtransactions and if some filthy commoner can just whip up a hot tub or a custom outfit set, then EA isn’t making any money off of it!

Yet another reason EA can rot in hell as far as I’m concerned.


On August 21, 2012 at 7:55 am

Mmmmmmm, savoring the taste of that bullsh*t really woke me up this morning, thank you for that. Ofcourse we all know the real reasons.

Karl IZ Here

On August 21, 2012 at 8:58 am

At the end of the day it’s all about the money. And that my friends is what it all comes down. If a company can make more money then they are going to do that, would you not do it if you could.