DICE Answer Vehicle Complaints in Battlefield Beta and the Future of the Bad Company Series
Explained here in an interview with the Guardian, Patrick Liu, a producer for Battlefield 3, addressed the current situation of the game's beta as well as any other works that DICE is working on (or will be working on) in addition to Battlefield 3. When Liu was asked about some of the complaints about Battlefield 3's beta lack of vehicles, he answered back that the game was still in beta and there are many different factors to iron out. However, he did give some additional news concerning the problem:
"We ran the alpha tests with a Rush map and we wanted to have some sort of reference so we could compare results â€“ so we needed to have more-or-less the same map." Evidently this led to including Paris Metro â€“ a linear Rush map with no vehicles â€“ as the only map in the beta. For what it's worth, PC players will have a chance to try out Caspian Border, a much larger map with vehicles, throughout this weekend (October 7-9]."
Liu went on to answer questions regarding the Battlefield: Bad Company series and its future. He stated that they haven't wrote off the Bad Company series and DICE doesn't plan on making Battlefield an annual title. This due to the fact that they don't want to hand development of any Battlefield game to another studio.
Other smaller addressed topics was the possibility of a downloadable Battlefield title and the learning curve in piloting jets in their games. Head over tothe full interview on the Guardian's website for the full interview with Patrick Liu.