DICE explains why there's no Commander in Battlefield 3

DICE has revealed the reason behind why there is no "COMMANDER" in their upcoming shooter "Battlefield 3".

Speaking at Eurogamer Expo, Karl Magnus Troedsson said, "When the dev team sat down and thought about this, the Commander role was a very important and hot topic in the studio I have to say,"

Battlefield 3 screen

"Some people wanted us to implement it in the absolute same way as we had before; some of us wanted us to reinvigorate how we do it.

"I don't know how many people have tried to play as a Commander in Battlefield 2, but it's kind of a strange experience. Everyone agrees that that actual role of the Commander is very, very cool. But the problem is that only one person per team could play it, and it was always the highest ranking one.

"But even for the people that played as a Commander, the first thing they did was what? They ran off to a corner somewhere and lay down there and tried to hide so the Spec Ops guy wouldn't find them when he was going to blow up the installations.

"They basically spent the whole match lying on the ground on some obscure corner of the map, hoping not to get knifed in the back and trying to support people."

Troedsson concluded the session by saying, "There was something very cool about the Commander role and there was also something a bit flawed, we have to say."

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Jonathan (not verified) posted on Sat, 2011-09-24 02:07
They should do like MAG, the commander should be the same players for the whole match and it should be random for those with enough experience.
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wonderbread (not verified) posted on Fri, 2011-09-23 08:57
"Some people wanted us to implement it in the absolute same way as we had before; some of us wanted us to reinvigorate how we do it" So, where were the people who didn't want it? How did it end up not being in the game. Ridiculous. It was great that the top ranked person was commander. Gave a more mature complexion to the game play and added an element of drama (requesting artillery in the nick of time to get your squad out of a jam). Really hope they add it back. Might feel more like an arcade shooter without it.
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B (not verified) posted on Fri, 2011-09-23 09:20
There's no way that it will feel more like an arcade shooter just because of the absence of the commander role. There isn't even a reason to make that connection. I also wouldn't say it's a good thing that it was always the top ranked player. Sometimes they are top ranked because they're great at team work, and other times it would just be because they ran around and got the most kills. The latter usually equates to a player who really doesn't have a clue about what is actually taking place on the battlefield, but they are just good at aiming and shooting. I think they [EA] could have tweaked the role, rather than dismiss it completely, but I have no doubt that they tried to come up with alternatives. I'm more concerned about the lessening of soldier classes than the commander role.

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