Battlefield 3 won't include the ability to play as a "Commander," after developer DICE decided its implementation in Battlefield 2 was "a bit flawed."
One of DICE's core problems with the Commander role "is that only one person per team could play it, and it was always the highest ranking one." On top of that, "they basically spent the whole match lying on the ground on some obscure corner of the map, hoping not to get knifed in the back and trying to support people."
Squad leaders and gadgets will pull in much of the functionality previously relegated to the Commander role, such as the ability to launch artillery strikes. Things like mortar strikes (a multiplayer unlockable), and gadgets like the UAV drone and others that could be deployed to reveal enemy activity were also mentioned.
"We've tried to push this down into the squads so they can both fill the roles that the Commander had, but then also be an active soldier on the battlefield," DICE's Karl Magnus Troedsson explained at Eurogamer Expo.
Battlefield 3 launches for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on October 25, and an open beta for the game begins on September 29.