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DICE Worries About Letting People Mod Battlefield 3

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Posted on August 17, 2012 AT 10:39am

When Battlefield 3 shipped, some were upset that the game didn’t feature the official modding tools that Battlefield 2 had offered. This week, DICE talked about the reasons for that.

At GDC Europe, DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson said that his team was scared of what could happen if players were given too much access to certain elements. “We’re afraid of all the things that can come with releasing the code,” Troedsson stated.

Modding has been a huge part of the PC gaming community for nearly as long as anybody can remember, but there has now grown a battle between those who still want to keep that modding scene alive, and those who want to do as much as possible to keep online multiplayer fair for all. Troedsson noted these concerns as one reason DICE didn’t feel comfortable supporting mods in Battlefield 3.

Another reason? Since Battlefield 3 isn’t just a PC game, if DICE were to officially support mods, they’d want to do it across all platforms—and that would be far trickier to do on the Xbox 360 and PS3.

“If we do mod support, we want to do it really, really well,” Troedsson explained. “We are not ready to do this yet.”

 

Source: Gamasutra

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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