Though certain segments of both Call of Duty’s and Battlefield 3’s publishing and development partners have claimed supremacy over the other, some members of the titles’ development teams are approaching the competition with a more levelheaded approach.
Specifically, DICE’s Patrick Bach has said that Battlefield 3 isn’t out to dethrone Modern Warfare 3, but is instead trying to capture its own segment of the FPS market.
In Bach’s mind Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield can best be compared to rock groups. Despite working in the same genre, and sharing some similarities, they each will be playing their own songs to try and win over the crowd.
He does acknowledge that the two are of the same ilk — drawing from real-world situations and the like — but what the team at DICE is doing is completely different from what Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer are working on.
“Honestly, we’re not trying to go after CoD. Of course there will be crossover – it’s a first-person shooter, it’s modern-day, and there are resemblances on locations, even – we’re all inspired by the same media and the world around us. But to be a star you need to play your own songs.”
It might be difficult for gamers who have become wrapped up in the continuing saga of Call of Duty vs. Battlefield to hear that Battlefield 3, the clear fan favorite, isn’t out to take down Modern Warfare 3, but that’s just not what DICE is interested in. Sure, some members of the Activision and Electronic Arts contingencies have had some harsh words for the other, but those are more business-minded individuals who want nothing more than to be top dog.
The developers, on the other hand, are trying to deliver a product that their fan bases will enjoy — to create a game that entertains the gamer and pushes the FPS genre forward. Some might argue that one is better than the other, but that’s all a matter of opinion, the same opinion that will keep both of these game franchises going.
Do you agree with Bach’s statements? Are there any gamers out there who plan on picking up both Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3?
Battlefield 3 releases October 25, 2011 on the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC