A unique bundle of Battlefield 3 screens
In Battlefield 3 gamers may at long last have a shooter that can rival the Call of Duty franchise. Scheduled for release this autumn, Battlefield 3 aims to take strip the FPS giant of its title as top shooter.
Whether or not the game will be able to achieve such a lofty goal remains to be seen but these screenshots show us that it will definitely be formidable aesthetically.
All the greats had rivals that pushed them. Sort of a measuring stick against which they able to gauge and expand upon their own abilities. Larry Bird and Magic Johnson had each other, same goes for Barcelona and Real Madrid. It is through competition that greatness is born.
Expectations of Battlefield 3’s potential hostile takeover of the FPS crown are not limited to the thoughts of gamers as Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello has taken it upon himself to throw down the gauntlet.
This November, we’re launching Battlefield 3. It’s going up against the next Call of Duty, which is presently the No. 1 game in the game industry, a game that last year did $400 million dollars in revenue on day one. (Battlefield 3) is designed to take that game down. – EA CEO John Riccitiello
To be clear the goal to take Call of Duty down is not unusual. The incentives to create a great game are already present and accounted for. The unusual aspect is that EA has chosen to single out Call of Duty publicly. The results of which may spark a media clash; however a response from Activision may only validate Battlefield 3’s position as a plausible competitor.
The somewhat disappointing reality is that Riccitiello was speaking only in terms of sales figures not gameplay mechanics, and perhaps as the CEO of a publicly traded company maybe he should.
At any rate these screens look great. The storyboard and lighting images are very interesting glimpses of the development process.
Tell us what you think about the screenshots and of John Riccitiello’s comments.