Battlefield’s cloud servers could allow for real-time weather effects

Monday, 2nd December 2013 09:32 GMT By Dave Cook

Battlefield 4 has a lot of dynamic weather effect, but what about real-time weather based on the skies above your location? It’s entirely possible, DICE CEO Patrick Soderlund has suggested.

Speaking with The Guardian, Soderlund discussed the nature of DICE’s geo-leaderboards and cloud servers. He said, “I sit the floor above the Battlefield development team and there is no lack of ideas down there. It’s just a matter of, how many of them are feasible and how many can we do.”

He continued, “One of the things I think is cool in Battlefield 4 is the geo-leaderboard – you can find out who in your neighbourhood is, say, the best best assault player. That’s cool. And so let’s take that a step further and say, what if we had servers where it pulls in just things as simple as weather and day time from the local area.

“If the server is in Stockholm and it’s sunny, what if the map is sunny, too? What if it’s snowing and dark in Moscow? Okay, let’s have the servers there playing snowy and dark maps. You look at the possibilities and realise you can do so many more things in the cloud-enabled world than we couldn’t do before. That’s frankly one dumb idea from me, but it’s kind of cool!”

It does sound a bit crazy, but would you appreciate such a feature? Let us know what you think below.

Via MP1st.




    but then EA will make them charge for it as DLC, knowing EA……….

    #1 11 months ago
  2. Fin

    Cloud servers driving clouds in game? Sounds cool.

    The geo-leaderboards are great, though it doesn’t tell you how fine-grained the location data is – if you go on the website it’s accurate to within about 500m :/

    #2 11 months ago
  3. Creepy

    Detecting user location by IP and parsing local weather forecast just like all kind of websites been doing for years? POWER OF THE CLOUD!

    #3 11 months ago
  4. tezzer1985

    I would be happy, if they just got their servers to work, for online matches

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Sherif Saed

    That has got to be the worst idea I have ever heard for a MP game.

    #5 11 months ago
  6. viralshag

    To be honest this would be much better in a single player application. Big storm or snow going on outside, what I see on the screen matching that and my character or NPCs reacting to it. It would be like natural immersion.

    Obviously where the story is set and where you live would completely bugger that up for most people.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. GrimRita

    Not a good idea, considering how bad the UK weather can be – 4 seasons in 10 minutes lol

    #7 11 months ago
  8. viralshag

    Haha so true.

    #8 11 months ago
  9. Max Payne

    Did burnout paradise had this feature for day/night ?

    #9 11 months ago

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