We've known for a couple of weeks that the PC version of DICE's Battlefield: Bad Company 2 will have DirectX 11 graphics options. Now, as Shacknews reports, game producer Gordon Van Dyke has revealed a whole list of additional PC-exclusive features.
The exclusive additions range from support for private servers and bigger multiplayer games to compatibility with Nvidia's 3D Vision stereoscopic scheme. Here's the complete list:
- Up to 32 Players on PC (24 on consoles) - Play with up to 32 players online in the biggest multiplayer Maps in Battlefield. Each with a different tactical and gameplay focus set across a variety of environments.
- Full DirectX 9, 10 & 11 Support - Immerse yourself in the Battlefield world as Frostbite engine brings tanks, helicopters and explosions to vivid life on your PC. The game will fully support Windows XP, Vista, and 7 with new tech that further improves things like lighting and shadows.
- Enhanced Gameplay - The PC version also includes wide peripheral support like Joysticks for flying, NVIDIA 3D Vision, Logitech LCD Keyboards and VoIP Support plus a variety of specific features tailored for PC play.
- Friend Support - Find your friends online with the new buddy list to see if and who is online so you can quickly join their game.
- Dedicated Ranked Server - Everyone gets non-stop action with no connection penalties based on some other player's internet. Ranked Server Provider program will give players opportunity to rent their own server(s) located in professional grade datacenters, ability to modify settings like map rotation, create reserved slots for friends or clan members, kick & Ban players, and custom name your ranked server.
- Clan Support & Private Servers - Independent Clan Tag, and ability to rent servers for hosting and controlling private password protected competitive servers with expanded control over the settings from public ranked servers.
- PC Squad Play System - Updated from previous Battlefield PC titles now gives control of your squad before heading into combat.
Dedicated server support seems like a particularly important touch, since the absence of that feature in Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has generated a lot of negative press—not to mention a not-entirely-successful boycott effort.
Still, adding all of these features might explain why, according to the Shack, the Battlefield: Bad Company 2 PC beta has been postponed until "very early" in 2010. (A beta is already out for PlayStation 3 users.) PC gamers won't have to wait longer than their console-using peers for the full game, though—the release date remains March 2 for the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.