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BF3: More Expansion Details Emerge

Gleaned from Mp1st article(s).

There will be no Rush Mode in Close Quarters.

Close Quarters will have a variation of Conquest called Conquest Domination. This is good news for me but BF3 vets will be crying “you’re copying CoD,” the moment I finish typing this. Quite frankly, coming from CoD, I don’t see much of a difference between BF3 Conquest and CoD Domination game modes, other than the glaringly obvious that is (vehicles, bigger maps, etc.) I’m just happy it’s not all TDM.

Close Quarters will not support 64 players on or 32 players on console. The official page states 2-16 players. This makes sense. A small map with boat loads of players pretty much amounts to; die, spawn, shoot guy in front of you, die, spawn, get shot by guy in front of you, die, spawn

I also confirmed something that I suspected the moment I saw the Close Quarters trailer, it was inspired by The Matrix scene when Neo and Trinity turn an office building lobby into a pile of smoldering rubble.

I sat down and spoke with Jhony Ljungstedt, my art director, and had a discussion about how we could achieve this. After bouncing random ideas for a while, he told me that even though that explosive scene from “The Matrix” was rather old, seeing Neo and Trinity turn a lobby into rubble in slow motion did leave a huge impression, and hadn’t ever been properly done in a game. We both agreed and Jhony said he really wanted to be able to create that sensation. ~ Niklas Fegraeus, Lead Designer on Battlefield 3: Close Quarters

One thing I feel the game desperately needs is a tutorial mode. Something to help new players ease into the game better but mostly something to help us vehicular challenged people learn how to fly choppers and such.

It’s not a big deal to me, I do well enough in ground vehicles, but it would be nice. I can “fly” a plane–so long as the definition of flying is going forward in the direction the nose is facing–but I get knocked out of the sky within 60 seconds thanks to all the Ace pilots that now dominate. At this point in the game’s lifespan getting a kill to level up the plane is near impossible. I won’t even look at a chopper pilots seat. Why waste a perfectly good chopper so I can learn to fly at detriment to my team?

Still, it would be good to be able to hop in one occasionally and hold my own. Especially in those late night games when I always seem to get stuck on the team without a decent pilot.