DICE head Patrick Bach spoke with Computer and Video Game about the compromises being made for the console versions of Battlefield 3, and wanted to assure fans that they were the right decisions.
“If you want the same quality of game, I would say it’s really, really hard,” Bach told CVG. “We tried to get more players in [to the console version] but then you need to scale down all the graphics, scale down all the destructibility, and sometimes you need to scale down all the map sizes. Everything is a compromise on: where do you cut?”
Bach said the biggest differences between the console and PC versions of Battlefield 3 are the amount of players – 64 on PC, 24 on console – and the console maps being more “compact”.
One of the reason for the lower player amount on consoles was in order to keep vehicles in the game, something DICE didn’t want to cut from the console versions.
In regard to maps, Bach said that both versions of the game “more or less” have the same maps. The console versions are compacted slightly, but have not been cut down by a great amount.