DICE GM Karl-Magnus Troedsson has said the firm doesn’t have plans to create a FPS MMO, so what this means is no BFMMO.
Speaking in a video interview with GameInformer, Troedsson said it’s not only too big of a job, but it would also be hard to “retrofit” the Battlefield series into such a genre.
“The reality is that it’s a very big undertaking,” he said. “It’s hard to retrofit onto an established franchise – you have a core following of people that enjoy playing your game, and I’m not always sure that it’s the right thing to do.
“The amount of players is also a deal-breaker. If you want that pixel-perfect feeling of shooting someone, if you want that high framerate to be constant, it’s very hard to do that in a big open environment.”
He does, however, believe certain MMO mechanics would work well in online shooters: “I believe that the step forward for us is focusing on how you make more out of persistence – unlocks, leaderboards, points, stuff like that.
“I think we’re going to see more of an MMO angle on those things than try to create a huge open environment that is completely persistent with millions of players at the same time,” said Troedsson.
Battlefield 3 was shown at GDC for the first time this week. It will release in late 2011 for PC, 360 and PS3.