The biggest scrap of the gaming year is nigh upon us - and DICE reckons that Battlefield 3 has the chops to take on Activision's Modern Warfare 3, with the power to "put a huge dent" in its rival's share of the massmarket.
In an interview with SPOnG, published in full later today, DICE producer Patrick Liu said that the studio was first and foremost looking to create the best game it could. He also had a lot of praise for Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer's upcoming sequel, but then got a bit sporty.
"From what Iíve seen of Modern Warfare 3
it looks great, as usual. I think we're going to put a huge dent, so to speak, in [Activision's] market," Liu said. "But theyíre a behemoth. Itís not easy to move them... although I believe that we have already done that, with Battlefield 3
's campaign so far.
"But at the same time, from a developer standpoint, we really focus on creating our own game and making the best that we can. We set the bar quite high for ourselves, and thatís usually the biggest challenge for us."
Liu added that part of that challenge is self-restraint, noting that DICE could have spent an extra 12 months on development if it wanted to. "I know that the game is never actually done - we can always improve the game. We have lots of ideas on how to improve this, so if we could we would push Battlefield 3
back a year or two maybe. But that wouldnít make any sense. So the biggest challenge is really our own requirements for ourselves."Be sure to catch the full interview with SPOnG right here