Battlefield 3 is set to be one of the most highly-anticipated titles in gaming history. Despite presenting an attractive and groundbreaking gameplay package, the title has gained even more interest, and supporters, as a result of the fanboy controversy brewing between fans of the Battlefield franchise and die-hard Modern Warfare 3 players.
Regardless of where you fall in that particular debate, another Battlefield 3 controversy is about to take-off. If a recent message from Johan Andersson (DICE’s lead Rendering Architect) is to be believed, Xbox 360 players may have a leg-up on PS3 owners – potentially fueling an internal debate among fans of the franchise.
DICE has been adamant that PC players will get to enjoy the full power of the Battlefield 3 frostbite engine – but that hasn’t stopped console players from debating which non-PC platform will take second place.
The Xbox 360 used to be the de-facto console of choice for multiplatform titles; however, recent high-profile games such as LA: Noire (developed for PS3), Portal 2 (PC/Console Co-op), and Mortal Kombat (exclusive fighter) offered added benefits for PS3 owners. In fact, Battlefield 3 on PS3 will come packaged with a copy of Battlefield 1943.
While some fans might have expected the superior power of the PS3 to offer better Battlefield 3 visuals, it sounds as though Xbox 360 players could be getting an exclusive bump in visuals – in the form of a “special lighting solution.”
Andersson, the aforementioned DICE architect, recently tweeted:
@obiadekanobi we have a special lighting solution on Xbox 360 as well that we haven’t talked about yet, it’s also pretty awesome 😉
While an “awesome” lighting solution might not be exactly the kind of console exclusive that players might have hoped for – especially after the hardcore Kinect implementation in Mass Effect 3 and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier – dynamic lighting will be key in bringing the console versions as close to the PC experience as possible.
That said, it’s unclear at this point whether the “special lighting solution” is an added feature that will help establish the XBox 360 as the console of choice for Battlefield gamers – or a band-aid fix to help get the aging Microsoft hardware on par with the capabilities of the PS3.
Either way, it’s good to see that DICE is focused on making the console ports as solid as possible – even if they can’t quite live-up to the PC version.
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Battlefield 3 releases October 25, 2011 on the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.