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Battlefield 3 Co-Op Online Only

Josh Clark
Battlefield 3, DICE, Gamescom 2011, News

Battlefield 3 Co-Op Online Only

Speaking to GamingLives at Gamescom, DICE's Karl Magnus Troedsson revealed that players will only be able to engage in co-op play online.  He also revealed that there would be six co-operative maps to tackle at the time of the game's release, each ranging from between quarter of an hour to three quarters of an hour long.

It's a shame that Battlefield 3 won't support local co-op play, and will no doubt be another point of contention between EA and their rivals, but technical limitations and time constraints seem to have been working against DICE.

What do you think?  Could this sway you in Call of Duty's favour?  Or is it a negligible omission in an otherwise stellar-looking title?  Have your say in the comments below.

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alibaba6  Aug. 18, 2011 at 15:35

Another embaressing article.

Most games are slated for not including online co-op. Local co-op is only appealing to the extreme minority. Who wants to play any game with the screen cut in half? Its just awful. Last year in uni I played co-op games over the Uni network with my mate who was in the opposite room, with our doors open to talk/shout at eachother. Same thing for games that didn't support LAN games, just switched to online. Other than Mario Kart no other genre is really affected by it.

The "news" on this blog has deteriorated into fanboy fueled garble. Absolute nonsense posts.

Colonelpanic  Aug. 21, 2011 at 00:56

Some people like to play a game with their friend who doesn't have a copy.

JoshuaClark  Aug. 21, 2011 at 11:33

As Colonelpanic pointed out, that would require two copies, and while BF3 won't have a problem shifting copies, you are assuming that all of your friends will have one. There are plenty of reasons to include local co-op in a title, not least because it's a heck of a lot of fun. Many a Friday night has been spent by my housemates and I consuming a few beers and trekking across Pandora, or attempting to take down a horde of Juggernauts in MW2's Spec Ops mode.

I understand where you're coming from, and people would of course prefer to play with a whole screen to themselves, but I think gaming as a whole is moving away from classic co-op, and cutting out social interactivity in the process (and don't try to tell me screaming profanities down a headset to each other hundreds of miles apart is the same).

Nevertheless, I'm looking forward to Battlefield 3. And Modern Warfare 3. What can I say, I'm a gamer...

JonLester  Aug. 21, 2011 at 11:44

You'd be surprised at how many people still enjoy the simple joys of split-screen gaming. Being at the same room with your mates is a completely different experience, and for my money, much more fun if a bit more fiddly.


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