Earlier this week we gave you some initial details on the forthcoming Armored Kill expansion pack for Battlefield 3. Now though, with the confirmation of the biggest map in Battlefield history on the way, we’re also interested to see how this will work on console with a limit of just 24 players.
It’s no secret that the PC version of the game is the best version to own, simply because it contains full versions of the maps, while console players have to make do with a condensed version. This results in fewer flags on conquest maps and also unfortunately, the omission of certain vehicles as well on console, which would normally be included in the same map on PC.
Kharg Island is a classic example. PC players get an extra flag on conquest compared to console, while they also get a mobile AA and a scout helicopter to use as well. It’s a totally difference experience on console though and there is still no console map that combines an attack helicopter with a scout helicopter on conquest – which is obviously a big shame.
So with this in mind, how are DICE going to manage putting Bandar Desert on console, bearing in mind that they’ll have to satisfy console players as well with their boasts about this being the biggest map ever. We showed you a screenshot here which confirmed that Bandar Desert will have seven flags on conquest.
Players on Xbox 360 and PS3 will know that a seven flag conquest mode hasn’t been done yet on console Battlefield 3, with DICE finally managing to bring out a five flag version of Wake Island after release on console. Although we would love to a seven flag conquest on console, we doubt DICE will be making this possible on Bandar Desert once Armored Kill hits.
Then there is the massive decision on what vehicles they will have to cut from the console version compared to PC. A fact sheet confirmed that five new vehicles will be included in the expansion, but will they all make it into the console version as well, or will DICE have to chop some out again like they did on Kharg Island.
Obviously we’ll still get the highly anticipated AC130 gunship on console still, but don’t be surprised if we see one or two less tanks and ATVs to make the overall map more stable on console. 24 players on the ‘biggest map ever’ is disappointing on first glance as well, since we wish that DICE would increase the player count just for this map to make it much more exciting for console players.
If you are a console player at the moment, you are probably wondering the same things as we are, with regards to potential cuts on console. Let’s hope that DICE give out some answers soon before the expansion lands in September. In the meantime, give us your ideas on how Bandar Desert could work on console with 24 players.