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“As of now,” DICE doesn’t have plans to release mod tools for Battlefield 3

Tuesday, 5th July 2011 21:09 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

EA Europe VP Patrick Söderlund has said DICE doesn’t currently have plans to add modding tools to Battlefield 3, as it thinks the Frostbite 2 engine will make modding “too big a of a challenge” for people.

Hear that splat? Yeah, we did too. Somewhere, someone’s brain just exploded. All the way over here.

Speaking with the German site GameStar, Söderlund said with the destructible environments, modding for BF3 would just be too “tricky”.

“As of now, we are not going to make any modding tools,” said Söderlund. “If you look at the Frostbite engine, and how complex it is, it’s going to be very difficult for people to mod the game, because of the nature of the set up of levels, of the destruction and all those things… it’s quite tricky.

“So we think it’s going to be too big of a challenge for people to make a mod.”

We expect unofficial mods to start popping up not long after the game’s October release, with or without developer-sanctioned mod tools or not. Modders are an industrious crowd, ya know.

Upon release, the game will hit PS3 and Xbox 360 as well as PC.

Thanks, PC Gamer.

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  1. Dralen

    Isn’t that part of the challenge that makes modding so fun?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Hunam

    Not really, code when it’s compiled is pretty useless to most modders.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DuckOfDestiny

    Correction: “It’s too much of a challenge for us to make a mod tool.”

    #3 3 years ago
  4. someguy2

    I refer Erthazus to this comment on a forum topic:

    “I’m pretty sure that DICE aren’t releasing modding tools for BF3 which is incredibly stupid.”

    “sorry? can’t Hear you. DICE supports mods since Battlefield 1942.”

    I guess that’s moot now.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Lahanas

    Νοbody gives a shit about mod tools anyway. Even without them, DICE seem to be focusing too much on the PC version, and that’s why they are gonna lose to MW3. The real battle is on consoles, that’s where you get attention and that’s where you make money

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Yoshi

    I do believe they said a similar thing with BF2 however they released the mod tools a few months later after release.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    @4, GENIUS!

    They didn’t supported any Battlefield game with mod tools at launch. DICE supported them later.

    there are a lot of mods. One famous for Battlefield 2 is Project reality and this will be no different. Players will make them no matter what.

    @Lahanas, “Νοbody gives a shit about mod tools anyway.”

    only console freaks that don’t know how to play with mouse and keyboard and how to adapt mods on the server to play with friends.
    Good luck.

    “The real battle is on consoles”

    with auto aim and controller? haha… :D enjoy your Battlefield 3 with 24 players.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. YoungZer0

    When was Battlefield 2 released again?

    Just saying. No mod support since then.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. someguy2

    @7 You may say that but I bet you that before the game’s release they intended on being mod tools for the game

    #9 3 years ago
  10. DSB

    Translation: “We don’t want people making their own DLC”.

    It’s par for the course, but it’s a shame that it’s like that these days. And I don’t think the publishers are really seeing the possibilities. You can let people have their cake and eat it too.

    A modding community basically adds a lot of longevity and content that you don’t have to pay to produce. And you’ll still be able to sell lots of DLC, exclusively so until the modders get into gear.

    Maybe it’s not worth the expense to build in that capacity, but I strongly doubt that.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. SwiftRanger

    I can only hope MW3 does have mod tools (shouldn’t be hard for such an old engine), it would at least urge EA/Dice to keep up the competition.

    Mod tools are essential for a PC online shooter, period. I am already fearing what they got in store for us with “dedicated” servers, betting it’s gonna be very restricted as well.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. McLovin85

    It’s the Frostbite 2 engine not 3….

    #12 3 years ago
  13. silkvg247

    So long how before the modding community makes a modding tool for people to write mods. *rolls eyes at DICE*.

    #13 3 years ago