Battlefield 3 To Support 256 Players?

Posted by on March 9, 2011 at 9:45 am

DICE has recently squeezed out some juice about the multiplayer aspect of Battlefield 3. Fantastic! So how many newbs can I pwn online- 32, 64, 128, or 256? Patrick Söderlund, the CEO of DICE, believes there’s room for your testes to touch them all.

A lot of people ask us about 64 versus 128 or 256 players. Technically, we can go to 256, we’ve tried it.

– Patrick Söderlund

There’s no need to fret, console gamers. Playing Battlefield 3 with more than 64 players just isn’t that fun. At least that’s what Pat’s been saying.

We play tested with 128. You’ve got to make a game that’s fun to play. And, arguably, we think that the most fun you can have is when it’s between 32 and 40 players. And we’ve done substantial research into this and tested 128 and that it’s not fun. Maybe we haven’t done our design work good enough, but we just feel like there’s no point in going higher than 64.

– Patrick Söderlund

I’ve always wondered why the cap on consoles, specifically the Xbox 360, has been limited to 32 players. I’m sure it has something to do with its graphical capabilities. But if the head honcho of DICE says its better with less, it must be true. Right? I think my hand would get tired from pushing down the left thumb stick 256 times anyways.

Source: Gamersbook


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  • Anonymous

    He’s right, though. I remember Desert Combat matches only worked because of the sheer amount of geographical space between fighting points. The maps in Battlefield 2 were engineered too tight which made for less interesting kills (or deaths, in my case).