DICE revealed that some of the maps would be scaled down to fit the console versions of Battlefield 3, and more recently, Patrick Bach explained more of the changes coming to the console version of Battlefield 3. According to the executive producer for the game, some compromises had to be made for the “best possible experience”. Earlier in the year, DICE informed us that 24 players would be the magic number when it comes to how many players will be hitting the battlefield on PS3 and Xbox 360, but new details from DICE explain that maps will be more compact than their PC counterparts.
Bach claims that the maps are scaled down in size to what will be found on PC, but not in the sense that areas are cut out, but that they have been “compacted slightly” to keep the action up given the reduced number of players. Bach made reference to the Bad Company franchise and noted that the maps on Bad Company were anything but small, when you take a look at the other game’s in the genre. Anyone that has ever hoofed it from spawn to objective can attest to these claims. So while the maps may be smaller than on the PC, the number of players should make them feel just right according to DICE.