Isn't it refreshing to see a major game development studio putting PC gamers first? In an interview with German website GameZone.de, the guys at EA DICE have detailed some of the compromises they're making to squeeze Battlefield 3's multiplayer onto consoles—and it sounds like only PC players will enjoy a full, unhindered multiplayer experience.
According to the translation provided by CVG, DICE's Patrick Bach says the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Battlefield 3 will have more "compact" multiplayer maps with support for only up to 24 players, down from 64 players for the PC version. Supporting the same number of players on consoles would have purportedly entailed scaling down graphics fidelity, toning down map destructibility, and removing vehicles—none compromises the developers wanted to make.
Bach explains, "We would love to do 64 players on console but then we would have to cut away so much; people would get very upset that it looked worse, played worse and wasn't as fun as the PC version."
Of course, fun is what it's all about, and DICE is working hard to make the game equally enjoyable across all platforms. "Our aim is to give the player the exact same experience and not try to dumb down the console version," Bach says. "We want to create the same experience for PC as for consoles." Still, it sounds like PC gamers will get a bigger slice of delicious Battlefield 3 multiplayer than their console brethren.