Battlefield 3 looks amazing – no one can doubt that, but there might be a reason the single player appears to be so impressive: DICE’s Patrick Bach has spoken to Edge, saying the game’s campaign will ‘more closely resemble the tightly-scripted likes of the Call Of Duty series.’
“I don’t see it as an absolute goal for all games to be sandbox games,” said Bach. “We’ve been building sandbox games for quite some time and we’ve got pretty good at it, but I don’t see that as the only way of building games, because then we wouldn’t build campaigns at all.”
“In some cases they aren’t, but in most cases sandbox games are hardcore, boring, hard to get into and they are not very popular.”
“Just the fact that the environment can change dynamically creates a huge challenge for us when it comes to AI,” he explains. “[It] puts a lot of challenges to our AI code when it comes to finding new cover, reacting to the fact that it has disappeared, moving and flanking based on the new situation.”
The full interview is in the next issue.