Battlefield 3 Won't Be "Dumbed Down" For Mass Appeal
"Gamers are smart people." This is why games don't need to be "dumbed down."
At least, that's what DICE executive producer Robbie Bach told OXM in a recent Q&A about Battlefield 3. Consumers have blamed many a developer for dumbing down various franchises to reach a wider audience, but Bach says this is unnecessary for their new title:
"We do not think we have to dumb Battlefield down in any way to let more players enjoy it. Gamers are smart people. Our goal is always to build a better Battlefield game by keeping what makes Battlefield great: huge and tight battles, vehicles and infantry, destruction, the possibility to use different play styles and everything else.
Battlefield 3 will definitely be the best and biggest Battlefield game we've ever built."
Bach has gone on record by saying they're aiming for the stars with the graphics in Battlefield 3; they've overhauled EA's "ANT" animation system to fit into DICE's new Frostbite 2 engine, and thus far, early footage has proven impressive. This "no dumbing down" bit is also intriguing...
Typically - and this isn't a knock against shooters - the FPS genre doesn't exactly cater to the intellectual gamer; shooters can be a ton of fun and boast good stories, but few can be considered a "thinking man's game." It's the dumbing down of RPGs that give gamers fits this generation...maybe companies like Square-Enix can listen to Bach and his "gamers are smart people" comment.
Related Game(s): Battlefield 3
4/26/2011 9:45:44 AM Ben Dutka