There’s no denying that Battlefield 3 is shaping up to be one of the biggest releases of the year. Not only has the series remained strong over the years, but the newest iteration promises to push the series even further both in terms of graphics and gameplay. Despite the enormous amount of hype surrounding the upcoming title though, yet another recent move by EA may leave gamers scratching their heads.
In previous iterations of the series, players have had the ability to create multiple soldiers or profiles, providing them with the ability to return to the beginning of the multiplayer progression so that they can have a fresh start. Not only this, but it also allowed players to choose the names for their soldiers. This may all be changing with Battlefield 3, as each player’s soldier is linked to their Origin account. This comes after Electronic Arts‘ announcement that all copies of Battlefield 3, whether digital or retail, will require the use of Origin.
According to Daniel Matros of DICE, “your name is linked to your Origin persona.” This means that players may be required to use their Origin account name as the name of their soldier. If this is the case, players will no longer have the ability to change the name of their soldier unless they opt to modify their actual Origin account.
Coupled with the outrage exhibited by gamers after finding out that the game would require Origin, this news will no doubt add fuel to the fire. While simply making use of the service was enough to anger some gamers, the fact that the service may also place limitations on features from previous iterations of the series is sure to only intensify the negative reaction (and Activision couldn’t be happier).
While it can be argued that this limitation may change before Battlefield 3 sees its release, the odds are against this claim. Electronic Arts are intent on pushing (forcing?) Origin as a viable competitor to Steam. After announcing that the upcoming title would not be available on Steam, there’s no doubt that Electronic Arts plans to use Battlefield 3 to fight for control of the market and while strong Origin integration would no doubt aid in this, placing these limitations on players seems counter-intuitive and may only serve to push them away.
With the game’s release quickly approaching though, it’s only a matter of time before players can get their hands on the game and decide for themselves whether EA has managed to effectively integrate their Origin service into Battlefield 3. Despite any anger that some gamers may feel, there is still a lot to be excited about with the recent detailing of the game’s unlocks as well as the game’s Battlelog feature.
Are you disappointed that you may be limited to a single profile in Battlefield 3? Do you think it was a smart move on EA’s part to focus so strongly on their integration with Origin?
Battlefield 3 will release for October 25th for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.
Source: BF3 Blog