The previews of Battlefield 3 thus far have been nothing short of impressive. Heavy on detail and environmental features, Battlefield 3’s previews are gorgeous – but the majority of the previews have been PC only.
Console gamers became increasingly worried when it was revealed that Battlefield 3 will run at 30 FPS and 720p, where the game’s rival title in the genre, Modern Warfare 3, is believed to not drop below 60 FPS.
According to DICE’s VP and General Manager, Karl Magnus Troedsson, the frame-rate won’t be an issue on the console.
Console gamers shouldn’t worry about this, this topic is discussed out of proportions. For those tech-savvy enough to have looked into the actual resolution of their console games it won’t come as a surprise that a lot of console games today do not run at 1080p but rather 720p. When people ask for 1080p they don’t see the compromises that would be needed to get there.
Troedsson also explains the reasoning behind the framerate decision, citing technical benefits for the variety of in-game elements:
As for the frame-rate we’ve made a conscious decision to stick with 30 FPS on console. It’s not a technical problem with getting our game to run in 60 FPS but we do this in favor of the large amount of players, large scale maps, huge amount of vehicles, full on destruction and so on.
Overall, the explanation encourages that the lower numbers don’t necessarily reflect low quality gameplay on the console version. In fact, Troedsson explains that the technical build will enable a better experience across the variety of features included in the game.
When asked about his hopes on the success of Battlefield 3, Troedsson’s biggest goal with the game is simply “that the people who play the game tell us that they enjoy it.”
Battlefield 3 is scheduled for an October 25th release for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. The game’s direct competitor, Modern Warfare 3, is releasing a mere two weeks later on November 8th.