Battlefield 3 executive producer Patrick Bach has said DICE isn't comfortable giving players the option to act out evil deeds in-game.
"If you put the player in front of a choice where they can do good things or bad things, they will do bad things, go dark side – because people think it’s cool to be naughty, they won’t be caught," Bach told Rock, Paper, Shotgun at DICE HQ in Stockholm, an event also attended by VG247 readers.
“In a game where it’s more authentic, when you have a gun in your hand and a child in front of you what would happen? Well the player would probably shoot that child.”
Bach said that although players make the choice themselves, it's DICE that would get a bad rap - conjuring memories of the airport level scandal which plagued competing series Call of Duty: Modern Wrfare 2.
“Me personally, I’m trying to stay away from civilians in games like Battlefield because I think people will do bad. I don’t want to see videos on the internet where people shoot civilians. That’s something I will sanitise by removing that feature from the game.”
Bach suggested the Battlefield 3's treatment of combat isn't anti-war, but is more mature than a balls-out action fest. This echoes earlier comments when, asked what the next big thing in gaming is, the developer told VG247 that he thinks games need to grow up a bit.
Battlefield 3 is due on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in late October.