Battlefield 3 Leading on PC; Dedicated Servers Planned, Mod Tools on the Backburner

By Steve Watts, Feb 08, 2011 12:30pm PST Battlefield 3 is being developed with a distinct PC focus, according to the GameInformer cover story (via Joystiq). Executive producer Patrick Bach says the team is "focusing on PC first, and then we fiddle with it to fit it onto consoles."

The game will support dedicated servers, and is sticking with four selectable classes (referred to as "the sweet spot"). Forming up into squads is also getting tweaked, but Bach is holding those details close to the vest for the time being.

Some fans might be disappointed to learn that mod tools are taking a back seat to polishing the main game for the time being. "We will not deliver mod tools in the way we delivered them for Battlefield 2," said Bach. "Creating mod tools today -- dumbing them down -- takes a lot of energy and what we are discussing more every day is, 'Where do we put our focus?'"

He continued, "Right now our focus is to create the best possible multiplayer, single-player, and co-op game -- the core game of Battlefield 3. We're still discussing how we handle modifications of any kind."

More Battlefield 3 information is planned for GDC 2011. A beta, which shipped with select copies of Medal of Honor, is also in the works but has yet to be dated.

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  • I'm not so sure if this is considered mod tools, but I would like there to be custom servers (I don't mean dedicated servers that you can customize). I would like to be able to go into the game and make my own server, and have friends join it and we can play together and alone for a while.

    I haven't seen this in a while. I loved it in Unreal Tournament 2004, and I just picked up Team Fortress 2 a while back during Steam's sale and I saw it there too; I just wish more people would do this. I guess the fear of piracy and all that is what holds it back, but I would like to see it here. It's another thing that can keep a game alive after the dedicated servers all come down (I'm worried about BFBC2, because eventually people are going to shut those servers down ....).