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DICE Explains Lack of Commander in Battlefield 3

by William Schwartz


Battlefield 3 will not have the Commander feature in Battlefield 3, and Karl Magnus Troedsson explained why this important feature from previous games has been cast aside for DICE’s latest.

Speaking at the Eurogamer Expo, Troedsson touched on the rationale behind the decison.

“When the dev team sat down and thought about this, the Commander role was a very important and hot topic in the studio I have to say,…Some people wanted us to implement it in the absolute same way as we had before; some of us wanted us to reinvigorate how we do it.  I don’t know how many people have tried to play as a Commander in Battlefield 2, but it’s kind of a strange experience. Everyone agrees that that actual role of the Commander is very, very cool. But the problem is that only one person per team could play it, and it was always the highest ranking one…he continues,  even for the people that played as a Commander, the first thing they did was what? They ran off to a corner somewhere and lay down there and tried to hide so the Spec Ops guy wouldn’t find them when he was going to blow up the installations.  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.”

The overall impression is that DICE didn’t feel that the Commander role was a good fit for Battlefield 3.

Comment Question:
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- This article was updated on:December 4th, 2017

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