There’s no doubt that the upcoming release of Battlefield 3 will be one of the largest this year. Not only will it be sporting some of the most advanced graphics in the industry, but it promises to expand on the series’ already successful gameplay. With so many big releases on their way in the coming months, it takes a lot to stand out from the crowd and in this respect, Electronic Arts are pushing their upcoming title as hard as they can.
This is not to say that the game has not received its share of controversy though. Much of this stems from the required use of EA’s Origin service which will effectively limit players to a single account in-game. In addition to this, there is also the hot topic regarding the differences between Battlefield 3‘s console and PC versions. It looks as if more fuel is about to be added to the aforementioned fire, though this time PC gamers are the ones who will feel the burn.
According to the Battlefield Blog, while the console versions of Battlefield 3 will be receiving an in-game server browser, PC users won’t be as lucky. Instead, they will be forced to use the new Battlelog feature to find and join games online. This means that players will not be able to join multiplayer games from within the game itself, instead having to search and join a given server through the Battlelog page.
As a feature that has become an integral part of PC gaming, it makes little to no sense for DICE to do away with in-game server browsers. If PC gamers weren’t already angry at being forced to use Origin, this move may be the one to push them over the edge. Put into perspective, if you were to join a server but decide that you don’t like it, rather than simply opening a menu and selecting a different one to join, you instead have to exit out of the match in order to find a new one. This process just seems to be counter-intuitive.
This is not to say that the change still has the potential for success though, as it is entirely possible that finding and joining servers through this method could be just as simple as using an in-game server browser. While the idea of using Battlelog may not be the most pleasant thing for most gamers, it may be best to approach the situation with cautious optimism in hopes that DICE’s decision is for the best.
Despite any fears that the PC gaming community may have regarding Battlefield 3‘s lack on in-game server browsers, that doesn’t change the fact that the game is shaping up to be an incredibly strong title. Having confirmed the game’s weapons, vehicles and equipment, released details on its co-op mode and shown it off along with 64 person multiplayer, these annoyances seem minor compared to the amount of entertainment that this title will no doubt pack.
Are you worried about the PC version of Battlefield 3‘s lack of in-game server browser? Do you think the Battlelog feature will be able to hold up?
Battlefield 3 releases October 25, 2011 for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.