It seems like nearly every other week, as we near the end of October and the beginning of November, that the teams behind Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 will continue to declare supremacy in the modern FPS game space. While Battlefield has struck more fervently and even had some unpleasant statements about the Call of Duty franchise as a whole, Modern Warfare 3’s teams have been a bit more level headed.
Speaking on the competition between the two, Modern Warfare 3 developer Sledgehammer Games (as represented by their GM Glen Schofield) acknowledged that DICE’s Frostbite 2 engine is the hot new FPS commodity on the planet, but said that its shortcomings will hopefully be apparent to console gamers.
More specifically Schofield claims that despite a presumption that the Modern Warfare engine is outdated, the tech is so well known by its developers that the possibilities of creating something epic are much more realistic. On top of that, having been tried and tested on consoles for several years now, Modern Warfare’s engine will deliver solid 60 frames-per-second gameplay — something Schofield claims is unlikely for Battlefield 3.
“Not sure I’ve seen any of our competitors on the console especially running at 60 frames a second and I’d be a little scared at this point — in June — if I was looking forward to a particular game that wasn’t on the console and running at 60. And I think 60 is our competitive edge and you just don’t throw that away.”
This back and forth between Call of Duty’s publishers and EA won’t realistically end until the games start doing the talking, but until then it does give gamers some insight into what differentiates each title. While some segments of each potshot could turn out to be a little unfounded — like whether or not Battlefield 3 can run at 60 fps on a console — the competitive edge should keep both developers fine tuning their title.
Set to release within close proximity of each other, Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 will finally duke it out in the home platform space — taking the power of judgment out of the hands of the developers and putting it into the hands of the gamers.
Do you think 60 fps is a big a selling point as Sledgehammer Games is making it out to be? Will Battlefield’s performance on consoles ultimately determine with is the more popular shooter?
Modern Warfare 3 releases November 8, 2011 for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.