Is this another shot taken in the great Modern Warfare vs. Battlefield debate? Perhaps. Twitter user, xtremechaos1, took to the very public platform that is Twitter to express his distaste in Battlefield 3‘s graphics on consoles. To fully appreciate the comment, perhaps you need to know a little more about xtremechaos1. His Twitter profile picture is a very Call of Duty looking “3” and he describes himself as a “Call of Duty Junkie.”
People expressing their feelings, emotions, or even just trolling via Twitter is certainly nothing new. This particular tweet however, caught the eye of Johan Andersson, a rendering architect at DICE working on the Frostbite engine and Battlefield 3. Johan not only noticed the potentially trolling tweet but he also took the time to reply.
No matter which game you think will be better — Modern Warfare 3 or Battlefiled 3 — it is enjoyable to see a real rivalry developing. Sure, other games have attempted to take on Call of Duty before but none of them seemed to have the same buzz behind them that Battlefield 3 has behind it.
In this latest example of the war between franchises, xtremechaos1 fired the first shot and said, “#BF3 well, i can honestly say now that there is a huge difference in the game PC vs Console.. still looks good, but nowhere close 2 same.” Johan then replied by stating, “why would anyone expect that console would look the same as PC? if that was the case we would have failed with the PC version.” That is pretty awesome. It addresses the initial complaint and does so in a pretty honest and straightforward way.
A lot of times it seems as if developers are in a lose-lose situation when they release a PC and console version of a game. If the PC version is not different enough or graphically superior enough, the PC community gives them a hard time and if they try to maximize the PC’s potential while still making a competent console version, they are given a hard time for that too. I really like Johan’s response in this situation. It is true. PCs are capable of having better graphics than the Xbox 360 and PS3. Great. It is nice to see a developer tap into that potential. As long as the console version still looks as good as it possibly can given the console’s limitations I have no problem with it at all.
We were all able to see the PS3 version of Battlefield 3 a few days ago during Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night show. It looked great then and I imagine it will look even better when the game is finished and we play it at home on our own screens. But in this internet world it seems like it is very difficult, if possible at all, to ever win with everyone.
Do you think the console version of Battlefield 3 will look good? How do you think developers should handle the issue of creating a game for both consoles and PC?
Source: Johan Andersson (via Twitter)