Generation Kill, Hurt Locker, Black Hawk Down, All Are Inspiration For Battlefield 3

You can't make a first-person shooter without a story driving it. Gone, it seems, are the days of Battlefield games that are just that: A virtual battlefield.

That doesn't mean that Battlefield 3 will be any less a Battlefield game, just that it won't just focus on the multiplayer gaming that made the series so popular, said Patrick Soderlund, DICE executive vice president and general manager of first-person shooters and driving games.

"Battlefield 3 needs to have a competitive single player campaign and a genre defining multiplayer," he said.

But aside from the modern setting and first-person shooter genre, Soderlund promises that Battlefield 3 won't be another Call of Duty.

The campaign will be a character driven story, reminiscent of movies and tv shows like Generation Kill, Hurt Locker and Black Hawk Down. It is five minutes before the first shot is even fired in the campaign, Soderlund says.

"We want you to experience a game that goes up and down in pacing," he says. "We want you to pay attention to the dialog between characters. We want you as a consumer to care about the characters in the game.

"We focus a lot on the fact that the characters have a personality," he said. "That you care about them."

In the snippet I saw of single player gaming, the scene opens inside an armoured personnel carrier, the men inside talking about their home life, one joking that he hasn't paid his taxes yet.

That scene leads to a typical close-quarters run through a market, and then drops players into a much wider engagement packed with 60 to 70 soldiers.

"It's a totally different feel," Soderlund says. "You will get the more urban-type environments that some people love to play. And you will also get the big tank battles, the open areas."

The game, I notice, takes place in the Iraq of 2014, an odd choice for a game coming out in 2011. Soderlund says they made the decision to set it a few years in the future to avoid politicizing the game.

"We don't take a political stance," he said. "We're not at all interested in real war, we distance ourselves."

Because of the near-future setting, all of the weapons in the game will be real, nothing fanciful.

I point out to Soderlund that there are first-person shooter players who never touch the campaign, who have no interest in single-player gaming. Battlefield is, in many ways, a game that made its name on mulitplayer, not single player experiences.

He knows that, but says to remain competitive in the genre, games need to include that experience. But Soderlund can't say just how robust that element of the game will be.

"It's hard to say our game will be six or ten or 12 hours," he said. "I know how many people are working on the single player part of the game, so I feel sad for the consumer that doesn't want to experience that."

Multiplayer, the thing Battlefield veterans are most hungry to hear about, remains still unknown. Soderlund says the team wants game's multiplayer to be genre defining, but he declined to explain how the developers would do that.

More to come on the game being developed on the PC, but due out for both the PS3 and Xbox 360 too, he promises.


Comments

    Odd article. They set it in Iraq, but in the future by a whole 3 years, so that it won't be political... and they're not at all interested in real war...?

    Confused here. What sort of game is this again?

      I think that they aren't interested in re-creating, or telling the tale of a particular war.

      By the way it's a First Person Shooter.

    It'll be a linear follow the leader Cod style campaign, I have no doubts about that. Hurry up and get here Duke Nukem!!

    As Duty Calls put it:0

    Boring!
    Boring!
    Boring!
    BLOODY SCREEN!!!! So Real .....

    Yay! America is dominate!

    Enough of this modern warfare tripe already. It's amazing how we've reached saturation with these boring-ass modern warfare games way sooner than the WW2 fetish that previously bored everyone to tears.

      Get a clue.

      DICE is a Swedish developer dood, they've never glorified the American armed forces. In Bad Company they made them look like a bunch of idiots.

      Generation Kill, Hurt Locker and Black Hawk Down ALL depict how inept the American chain of command can be, to a point that its downright frightening how much power these guys have at their disposal.

      Also, nice work trying to take the high-ground by referencing a parody made by guys who glorify muscly man-flesh, nutshots and bullets to the anus.

        "DICE is a Swedish developer dood, they’ve never glorified the American armed forces. In Bad Company they made them look like a bunch of idiots."

        Oh *well* then, if they're *Swedish* then clearly my eyes deceive me and I'm *not* seeing the typical Americo-centric shoot-random-Middle-Easterners claptrap that's being served up by game development lemmings for the better part of a decade!

        "Generation Kill, Hurt Locker and Black Hawk Down ALL depict how inept the American chain of command can be, to a point that its downright frightening how much power these guys have at their disposal."

        Whoopdeedoo. Its still the same old bollocks - US soldiers traipsing through dusty "real is brown" urban environments killing brown people. So. Damn. Boring.

        "Also, nice work trying to take the high-ground by referencing a parody made by guys who glorify muscly man-flesh, nutshots and bullets to the anus."

        *snort* Oh please. That has no effect on the efficacy of the parody one damn bit. Its a total red herring. (and at least Bulletstorm is a breath of fresh air).

          If you have no interest in this game then why read this article? The rest of us actually want to hear about it and don't care about your opinion.
          Besides, the USA still has the world's most powerful military and the USA is their primary market so why would they want to have any other faction?

            "If you have no interest in this game then why read this article? The rest of us actually want to hear about it and don’t care about your opinion."

            Then don't comment on it. Clearly, my opinion bothers you on some level. Luckily, it is open to me, on this free internet, to make my opinion known on any subject, at any time. And my opinion is that this game is yet more unoriginal, boring tripe, and the released teasers bear that out. Furthermore, waxing lyrical about how they based it off war movies is not impressing me.

            "Besides, the USA still has the world’s most powerful military and the USA is their primary market so why would they want to have any other faction?"

            Oh, I don't know, maybe because this idea that Americans only want to play as Americans fighting for FREEDOMERICA is unfounded?

              I had funny ideas when I was 12 too ...

        "Black Hawk Down"
        "depict how inept the American chain of command can be"

        I don't think you understand the point of that movie. It wasn't a commentary on the US Army, it was a story of the bravery of the soldiers in the situation... the book was written by the pilot who got captured :|

    Gotta do something when the net drops out... any I always look forward to a single player campaign.

    I only care about multiplayer with these types of game.

      I agree, especially for a Battlefield game. I don't mind if they want to give me a fun sp game as a distraction, but for Battlefield the mp should well and truely be the dev's focus.

    I'll give it a chance, but given how absolutely atrocious the pacing and writing was in Bad Company 2, I'm not expecting match.

    Personally I'm really looking forward to everything Battlefield 3. Bad Company 2 is the FPS of choice for me. No other comes close. I keep going back to BC2 as all the rest are left to gather dust.

    Nice to se DICE pay attention to the single player aspect as a main focus. Let's face it, they need not reveal too much about the multiplayer as we all know it's going to be brilliant.

    whaaaat the fahk? it sounds alrite but drained it with the talking bit near the start..... im not intrested about home many times the guy banged his wife b4 running into an ambush.... WHAT THE FAHK?!

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