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Battlefield 3 developer wants to stay away from sticky moral issues, won’t allow engage-able civilians in the game

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Posted on September 2, 2011 AT 12:00am

While a number of games are now allowing the player to decide how they want to act – naughty or nice – this isn’t an idea the developers of Battlefield 3 feel comfortable with.

“if you put the player in front of a choice where they can do good things or bad things, they will do bad things, go dark side – because people think it’s cool to be naughty, they won’t be caught,” Battlefield 3 executive producer Patrick Bach told Rock Paper Shotgun.

“In a game where it’s more authentic, when you have a gun in your hand and a child in front of you what would happen? Well the player would probably shoot that child.”

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 entered into somewhat questionable ground with its “No Russian” stage, and that’s a situation Bach and the rest of the folks at DICE want to avoid for Battlefield 3.

“Me personally, I’m trying to stay away from civilians in games like BF because I think people will do bad. I don’t want to see videos on the internet where people shoot civilians. That’s something I will sanitize by removing that feature from the game.”

Source: Rock Paper Shotgun

Nick Baumfeld
Bio: Nick Baumfeld has been involved in the video game industry for a good 12 years. He has seen the industry from all view points and has a background in websites, website integration and social media. Nick pioneered the online video game rental business back in the day, moved forward into online video game trading and then moved viral with the well received Video Games Application on Facebook. Today, he has joined up with EGM founder Steve Harris to create something truly unique and special; EGMNOW, a community dedicated to all manner of gamers.

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