"Gamers are smart people." This is why games don't need to be "dumbed down."
At least, that's what DICE executive producer Robbie Bach told OXM in a recent Q&A about Battlefield 3 . Consumers have blamed many a developer for dumbing down various franchises to reach a wider audience, but Bach says this is unnecessary for their new title:
"We do not think we have to dumb Battlefield down in any way to let more players enjoy it. Gamers are smart people. Our goal is always to build a better Battlefield game by keeping what makes Battlefield great: huge and tight battles, vehicles and infantry, destruction, the possibility to use different play styles and everything else.
Battlefield 3 will definitely be the best and biggest Battlefield game we've ever built."
Bach has gone on record by saying they're aiming for the stars with the graphics in Battlefield 3 ; they've overhauled EA's "ANT" animation system to fit into DICE's new Frostbite 2 engine, and thus far, early footage has proven impressive. This "no dumbing down" bit is also intriguing…
Typically – and this isn't a knock against shooters – the FPS genre doesn't exactly cater to the intellectual gamer; shooters can be a ton of fun and boast good stories, but few can be considered a "thinking man's game." It's the dumbing down of RPGs that give gamers fits this generation…maybe companies like Square-Enix can listen to Bach and his "gamers are smart people" comment.
Related Game(s): Battlefield 3