Some of the Battlefield 3 developers took to Twitter to answer questions from fans and one of the topics was the multiplayer. Console gamers were disappointed to learn that while the PC version of Battlefield 3 supports 64 players, the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will only support 24 players according to details revealed from retail sites.
Senior Gameplay Designer Alan Kertz responded to a question about why the PS3 won’t have 64 players by saying, “Of course, we didn’t say “oh console players don’t want 64 players.’ Network performance and cpu/gpu power and memory.”
However, the rumored 24 player limit may not be set in stone as engine developer Christina Coffin responded to our question about the console limit with, “we’ll support as many as we can +maybe extra provided it maintains the integrity of the play experience.”
No word on whether or not Battlefield 3 will come with dedicated servers for the PS3 or Xbox 360. That would obviously be a limiting factor.
PS3 or Xbox 360?
Another question posed to Kertz was whether or not the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions would be the same. It’s too early to say what differences there might be according to Kertz. So probably best to wait a little while longer on that pre-order before making a decision.
Recommended PC Specs
While definitely not official, DICE’s Johan Andersson recommends a Window 7 PC with a 64-bit processor and a video card that supports DX11. However, the Frostbite 2.0 engine is being built to scale based on the hardware.
Battlefield 3 is set to be released sometime this Fall. It goes without saying that more details on military shooter are coming in the big GameInformer cover story.
Update: I’m seeing a lot of comments about the Xbox 360 holding the PS3 back. Let’s remember two things. 1) The 24 player limit may not be set in stone. 2) The Xbox 360 has had games in the past (Frontlines, Section and one coming soon (Homefront) that supported more than 24 players. If there is any limitation on consoles than it is likely due to the demands of the Frostbite 2.0 engine which won’t even support Windows XP and requires at least DX10 on the PC.