It has been an eventful last few days for both EA and Battlefield 3 developers DICE to say the least. After an apparent Xbox 360 beta screenshot leaked to the public, the company has had to issue a detailed statement on a developer build of the game that has also creeped out onto the internet.
Unfortunately, EA has already pulled all material from the developer copy of the game, which includes all-new footage from a jet level of the game, and also other gameplay from Operation Frontline and the Operation Metro multiplayer mode.
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The leaked videos were also significant in the fact that it was the very first time that the Xbox 360 version of the game had been shown to the public and judging by the poor quality of the videos, it’s understandable to see why DICE were not too happy about it.
In a recent interview with Eurogamer, general manager for DICE Karl Magnus Troedsson had this to say when talking about the nature of the leak:
”Watching the game in crappy 320×200 resolution on YouTube is not the way that we want people to experience the game. We’d rather have them wait for us to show it in its real HD glory. There are a lot of hard hours that have gone into this from the team, and naturally we’re disappointed. But, yeah, things happen.”
He also took the time to defend the lack of console gameplay being shown for Battlefield 3 so far, as if you have been keeping an eye on events for the shooter, you’ll know that EA and DICE have mostly shown just PC footage – obviously due to the fact that it will be the lead platform for the game ahead of the console versions, which DICE make no secret of hiding.
We too have seen the leaked Xbox 360 footage and it is a big shame that the uploader did not reveal the gameplay in a much higher resolution. It now seems to be creating a negative atmosphere about the overall quality of the console versions of Battlefield 3 compared to the PC version. The quick solution here would be for EA to just release some proper Xbox 360 footage of the game, so the worries can be put to rest.
Have you seen the leaked footage? If so, what did you think about it – are you worried about the console quality of Battlefield 3 compared to the PC lead platform?