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A crammed Battlefield

We’ve already seen some interesting footage from Battlefield 3, which shows just how far graphical advances have come on for this generation of console. However what we’re really interested in is the multiplayer, which is what will make or break any shooter.

Patrick Soderlund, CEO of the game’s developer DICE, has said that the game is capable of massive bun fights, with up to 256 players blasting each other to bits, and that the maximum amount of fun is between 32 and 40 players. So we’re at a loss as to why they’ve limited the console release to a maximum of 24 players for the online multiplayer: what’s the point of that?

‘A lot of people ask us about 64 versus 128 or 256 players. Technically, we can go to 256, we've tried it,’ Soderlund told Atomic MPC. ‘We play tested with 128. You've got to make a game that's fun to play and, arguably, we think that the most fun you can have is when it's between 32 and 40 players.

‘We've done substantial research into this and tested 128 and that it's not fun. Maybe we haven't done our design work good enough, but we just feel like there's no point in going higher than 64.’

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