Without Call of Duty Influences, Battlefield 3 Might Have Been Better
Say what you will about Battlefield 3, but the game cribbed a lot of its feel from the Call of Duty franchise. DICE studio head Patrick Soderlund agrees, and states that Battlefield 3 might have been a better game had its developers not been so conscious of their arch-rival.
“One can advocate that even though Battlefield 3 was a gigantic success for us, I would say we may have looked a little bit too much at our competitor,” Soderlund told GamesIndustry.biz.
“And we’ve been criticized for that, especially on the single-player side. But when we started doing Battlefield 4, we said we were going to make the game we think is the right game for us and the consumers. Again, you can’t be arrogant about it. You have to be a little paranoid about what others are doing, but staying true to what you’re doing is the key.”
Soderlund added that gamers and the press alike are demanding more from developers in the upcoming generation of games. With the previous generation, the transition from PS2 to PS3 was only about high-def gaming. Now that high-def gaming has become a reality, developers are being urged to do more than simply improve the graphics.
“People choose one or maybe two games and they stick with those, and they want to be in that experience for a long time. So we as game creators need to make sure we fulfill their needs, to keep ahead of the curve,” he said.
Battlefield 4 is scheduled for release on the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this October. It will also be a launch title for next-gen consoles.