Man, Battlefield 3's campaign was dross. We don't sugar-coat our opinions here at Dealspwn, and BF3's singleplayer component was, in pretty much every way, a shiny pile of steaming balls. I think we're all agreed on that.
Part of the reason for that was, in our eyes, DICE's decision to scale down the maps and the encounters players faced, abandoning the breadth and choice upon which Battlefield has traditionally been designed, and opting instead for shamelessly plagiarising Call of Duty. Thankfully, though, it seems that DICE might be blowing things wide open once again, if a recent interview is anything to go by.
"The future will tell, but where we come from we do single player because we want to and we've learned a lot while doing it, and I think we have a great story to tell," said creative director Lars Gustavsson, when asked (as we've wondered to ourselves many a time) whether or not Battlefield really needs a singleplayer campaign.
"As a team and a studio we've learned so much from crossbreeding between single player and multiplayer. The whole concept of Levolution in many ways comes from single player, and our exploring how we could bring drama and interaction to the world."
But DICE are proud of BF3's campaign, saying that it did what they wanted it to do, before admitting that it didn't really fit their product's brand at all.
"We got a lot of feedback from the Battlefield 3 singleplayer, and based on what we intended to deliver the team did a great job, but given that it's a Battlefield product there were a lot of expectations that it would be more open.
"What we promised ourselves [with Battlefield 4] was to unify the product more, so we infused a lot of the things from multiplayer - from being able to use your squad - into multiplayer, so now you can use them in single player to engage enemies. First and foremost we're opening up the encounters more to give you the freedom to decide how to tackle them, whereas in Battlefield 3 it was more 'pick up that one and kill that one', which I can agree is not the most exciting way. Players want to feel smart doing what they're doing."
Of course, we'll believe it when we see it. The beta has nary a whiff of singleplayer action, instead focusing on the Siege of Shanghai conquest map. which is fine, because that's pretty much why we all play Battlefield in the first place. [CVG]