DICE Won’t Let You Shoot Civilians in Battlefield 3
Why ? so that you may not do dark path and upload videos on youtube. DICE executives doesn’t want to see those. And, people will most probably do bad, so DICE finds it best to remove the feature entirely to keep everyone safe.
Executive Producer Patrick Bach explained it during an interview RPS, in which he voiced his concerns about why allowing players to kill virtual civilians is a bad idea.
If you put the player in front of a choice where they can do good things or bad things, they will do bad things, go dark side,” says Bach, “because people think it’s cool to be naughty, they won’t be caught…
In a game where it’s more authentic, when you have a gun in your hand and a child in front of you what would happen? Well the player would probably shoot that child, he added.
We would be the ones to be blamed. We have to build our experiences so we don’t put the player in experiences where they can do bad things.
DICE is taking a different path compared to Infinity Ward who allowed players to kill civilians in ‘No Russian’ mission in Modern Warfare 2 and were criticized for their approach. May be DICE is learning from the mistakes of their competitors or it’s just another way to get the good will of the fans and critics.
Me personally, I’m trying to stay away from civilians in games like BF because I think people will do bad,” Bach continues. “I don’t want to see videos on the internet where people shoot civilians. That’s something I will sanitise by removing that feature from the game.
We are trying to do something that is more mature. Mature not being gore –some people confuse the two. That’s childish actually, to want more blood, he says.
Battlefield 3 will make its way to store shelves on October 25 and that’s the day we will find out how authentic the game is.