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DICE On Battlefield 5: Less About Story, More Destruction

Battlefield 4 isn't even here yet and we're already talking about Battlefield 5. Figures.

When the New York Times asked DICE producer Patrick Bach what gamers can expect from the fifth installment, Bach said simply- "More features, more extras, more destruction."

He added that he believes it's the gameplay that has rocketed the franchise to success, and the narrative plays second fiddle. He said "the story is just the coating on the game" and in fact, now it's more about the experience of sitting down to play. He also said something kinda strange:

"I hate to say this, but storytelling does not come naturally to Swedes. But we’re good at designing systems, and that’s what these games really are. Minecraft puts a box in front of you and says, ‘Do whatever you want with it.’ Battlefield is a system designed for entertainment rather than for telling you a story."

That's basically true. Nobody plays shooters for the story. Then again, that doesn't necessarily mean a FPS can't have a well-written and compelling narrative; it just means they usually don't. The unfortunate part is that if you focus too much on story, you'll probably lose your target audience, and DICE understands that.

Tags: battlefield 5, battlefield sequel, dice, battlefield story

10/21/2013 1:31:16 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (13 posts)

Masszt3r
Monday, October 21, 2013 @ 1:39:24 PM
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Well, I played the Turok, Red faction, Killzone, Bioshock and Half-life games for their stories and didn't care for the MP, so yet another reason to not buy FPSs, at least not BF or CoD.

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Simcoe
Monday, October 21, 2013 @ 1:56:51 PM
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At least they're honest.

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Geobaldi
Monday, October 21, 2013 @ 1:59:54 PM
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The Battlefield franchise was never about the story to begin with. Why they tried adding a story to BF3 in the first place really made no sense.

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Dukemz_UK
Monday, October 21, 2013 @ 5:14:28 PM

The BF3 single player campaign was painful to play. I've had it with Bf and CoD campaigns.

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daus26
Monday, October 21, 2013 @ 2:24:49 PM
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Before BF5, please BC3 Dice. I liked the class system way better on Bad Company.

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AcHiLLiA
Monday, October 21, 2013 @ 2:28:13 PM
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Imo 2 options, I think Dice should go all out and experience building a f2p mp only game or either that another Bad Company game in the series.

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Geobaldi
Monday, October 21, 2013 @ 4:39:44 PM

If they go F2P then I'll never play a DICE game again.

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AcHiLLiA
Monday, October 21, 2013 @ 8:00:24 PM

okay forget I said f2p, actually thinking about it I don't want to see it happen. Dice should experience doing a mp only title like zipper did with MAG, bigger and better that would be interesting.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, October 21, 2013 @ 3:13:33 PM
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That being the case, I really don't understand why they don't just turn it into an MP-only title. If they're going to implement a single player campaign there needs to be a thread running through it to tie it all together and give it context. Reducing a focus on story will be ridiculous.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 21, 2013 @ 8:05:18 PM
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Same for the Poles

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PlatformGamerNZ
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 @ 3:43:15 AM
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well yea figures as much BF4 is out for NZ in a week and a half so yeah it figures that they are looking to the next game and yeah i'd say what they say with regards to more of what we have come to expect it reasonably predictable.

happy gaming =)

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___________
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 @ 3:44:36 AM
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if DICE do BF5 before they release ME2, SWBF, and BFBC3 i swear to god im flying to sweeden and slapping them with the biggest fish i can find!
perfect example why nothing can become popular these days, the minute it does its watered down to a inch of its life and milked dryer than the surface of the sun!

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Draguss
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 @ 11:45:25 PM
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Nothing we didn't really know. There are games that focus on the storyline and we're right to demand brilliance of them. This is an entirely different kind of game for a different audience.

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