It looks like yet another triple AAA title is being forced to break up their Xbox 360 version across multiple discs to support all of its content, and this time it’s a really big name title. Battlefield 3, the highly anticipated Call of Duty competitor, is, according to a Japanese poster, going to span the length of two DVDs for its Xbox 360 version.
While we can assume that one disc will contain the game’s revamped single player mode, and the second will be home to every piece of fantastic multiplayer content, it’s still a bit of an inconvenience to have to switch from one disc to the other. Some games, like LA Noire and Dead Space have found logical break points to facilitate disc changes, but it has become a serious sign of the Xbox 360’s inferiority — at least as far as disc space is concerned.
On the plus side, having the game span two discs means there is definitely a ton of content packed into Battlefield 3. Its biggest competition, Modern Warfare 3, will most assuredly stick to one disc, meaning Battlefield 3 could be releasing (earlier) with a substantial advantage.
Of course this poster’s information could also be misconstrued and Battlefield 3 will ship on a single discs across all of its platforms. Purchasing the game digitally, through Electronic Arts’ Origin service, might net you a little extra content because of the inherent brand loyalty, but Blu-Ray and DVD should remain equal no matter if one or two DVDs are required.
Oh, and let us not forget the extra multiplayer capabilities one gets if they stick with the preferred PC version of the game, like support for 64 players.
So, with two discs becoming the new standard for multiplatform releases, do you think that this means a change is on the horizon for the Xbox 360? Sure, they are testing out a new disc format — one that was tied to an Xbox Live update — but these two disc revelations seem to occur more frequently than they ever have before. Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Battlefield 3 releases October 25, 2011 for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.