Hi kids, it’s been awhile, but don’t worry your pretty little heads over it as I have returned! On tap for today is DICE’s latest news that Battlefield 3 will not be featuring the Commander position as it did in Battlefield 2. If you’re confused, it’s probably because you either have no idea what I’m talking about (which means you need to do something other than play Call of Duty titles exclusively) or because you were never really paying that close attention to begin with. The Commander roles was reserved for the top ranked player per side that allowed this individual to provide a “support” function to the entire team and attempt to provide battle management for the team. (Which is pretty freaking sweet.) Well, no matter how cool anyone thought it was, it’s going to be for naught…well sort of anyway.
The Commander role didn’t make it into Battlefield 3 because DICE felt it was “a bit flawed”, general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson mentioned when asked recently via an interview with Eurogamer. Though he did say that it was a heavy discussion between those on the DICE team during development, “When the dev team sat down and thought about this, the Commander role was a very important and hot topic in the studio I have to say,” Troedsson said.
That being said, DICE decided that there was plenty of awesomeness buried within the role of Commander, but that its implementation needed a new look and feel. So, how did DICE bring the love of the battlefield Commander to the players of Battlefield 3? Well, they gave us Squad Leaders, who can still order up support functions such as artillery, mortar strikes, etc and also provided every player a cross-section of support gadgets that can be unlocked for use in the different kits. (Very similar to Bad Company, Bad Company 2, and Medal of Honor.) Everything from UAVs, motion sensors, artillery, mortars, vehicles, and much more will keep you just as entertained as before, while also leaving you an active soldier on the battlefield.
See, everyone wins.
Battlefield 3 will released on October 25 in North America and October 28 in Europe on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.