In what could be slightly heartbreaking news for eager fans of Battlefield 3, developer DICE announced during Gamescom 2011 that players who delve into Team Deathmatch modes online, regardless of the platform, will be limited to a maximum of 24 players in the lobby and vehicles will be removed from the mode. The 24-player cap also be applies to PC gamers, as well.

While 24 player TDM games might not seem as epic as 64, it could be a lot more manageable in the long run. Battlefield 3 is still a squad-based shooter, so 24 players will be broken up into a number of smaller teams who will still work together to win the match. Unfortunately, vehicles will have no part in TDM games at all. The logic behind that decision was to allow players to concentrate on more fast-paced infantry gameplay (i.e. Call of Duty). Rest assured, maps will be scaled down to accommodate team deathmatch games to keep the action constant.

The news of smaller player count and the lack of vehicles within BF3‘s TDM option shouldn’t be too shocking to anyone, considering Battlefield 3 will be focusing very much on the objective side of the house. The latest BF3 trailer, which feature 64 players at once and jets, illustrates that point beautifully. Team Deathmatch will just be another option for players to hop on and get a quick fix of just-shooting-the-other-team-in-the-face-until-you-win, adding vehicles to that equation might unbalance team deathmatch a little too much.

Think about it: Your team is winning, and then all of a sudden, the enemy Apache (or one of the several other vehicles) starts raining down death and destruction without mercy and before you know it, the match is over. Is that kind of situation ideal in a game of Conquest or Rush? Absolutely, but when it’s just man vs man, it seems like too much of a game changer.

Battlefield 3 has very high expectations from the industry to do very well and rightfully so. It wouldn’t be fair to say the game doesn’t look amazing and EA is letting their competitors know by continuing to¬†trash-talk Activision. The release date isn’t too far away now and with a few weeks lead on Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3 just may become the new “household name” for shooters.

Is the lack of vehicles going to affect your decision to play TDM in Battlefield 3?

Battlefield 3 releases October 25, 2011 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

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Source: BF3 Blog