The issue of Battlefield 3's frame rate and resolution is a storm in a teacup, according to DICE boss Karl Magnus Troedsson.
"Console gamers shouldn’t worry about this, this topic is discussed out of proportions," Troedsson told GamingExaminer of the news that the console version of Battlefield 3 will run at 30 fps at a resolution of 720.
"For those tech-savvy enough to have looked into the actual resolution of their console games it won’t come as a surprise that a lot of console games today do not run at 1080p but rather 720p," he said.
“When people ask for 1080p they don’t see the compromises that would be needed to get there. As for the frame-rate we’ve made a conscious decision to stick with 30 FPS on console. It’s not a technical problem with getting our game to run in 60 FPS but we do this in favor of the large amount of players, large scale maps, huge amount of vehicles, full on destruction and so on.”
Full on destruction, eh? Troedsson said Battlefield 3 will feature more destrictible environments.
"One key element of the destruction which will take a big step forward in Battlefield 3 comes from the denser, more urban environments we introduce," he explained.
"In these you can take down the facades of huge buildings and expose or take out the enemies entrenched on the different floors."
The PC version of Battlefield 3 will support full HD resolution and manage 60 fps - as will the console versions of rival call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
Of the battle between the two shooter heavyweights, Troedsson said only that "it’s going to be an interesting autumn" and that DFIC would be content is "the people who play the game tell us that they enjoy it".
Battlefield 3 is due on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in late October.