"We don't ever want to charge for our maps and insisted to EA that this attitude was crucial when it came to keeping our community happy and playing together," DICE senior producer Patrick Bach said in 2010, about Battlefield Bad Company 2. In 2012, Battlefield Premium became a thing – charging gamers an extra $50 for maps above the $60 they paid for the game. Expect more of that sort, because it’s worked incredibly well for EA and DICE.
2011 has been the year of the rivalry, with Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 dominating the headlines. In between gameplay videos, numerous comparisons and a little mud-slinging, the two giants created an interesting dynamic, with a lot of players standing by their preferred FPS title.
The two titles have both released to generally favourable reviews and scores, as well as fan appreciation, but predictably, the latest COD title stole the sales crown in terms of sheer numbers and copies sold.
But it’s not as if it was an easy race to the finish, something that EA COO Peter Moore believes, claiming that Battlefield 3 took a significant market share away from Activision and Modern Warfare 3 this year.
Are you busy exploiting the hell out of EA’s Battlefield 3? Then you might want to put an end to those shenanigans, as the publisher is caught in the grips of banhammer-time it seems. The official Battlefield 3 Twitter account has confirmed that hundreds of players have been banned already, with more to come, as DICE is working on getting rid of exploit issues and other problems which fans have been vocal about.
Are you getting annoyed because of online server issues with Battlefield 3? I know I sure am, as just yesterday I lost a total of around 35 ? 40 minutes of playtime, unlocks and level progression thanks to games suddenly losing connection to the server 20 minutes in.
Well, EA say that they are working very hard to get everything in order, especially on the Xbox 360.