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Battlefield 3 Will Feature 3D Spotting

by Ernice Gilbert on February 7th, 2011, under Dice, EA, News

Battlefield 3 gameplay designer Alan Kertz has confirmed that the game will feature 3D spotting. What’s “spotting”, you ask? Spotting allows gamers to pin-point the location of enemies for the rest of their team. Once spotted, a soldier has a red triangle above his head and is singled-out on the game’s mini-map.

He made this news known via twitter, adding that 2D spotting will be minimum.

“Yes, there will be spotting,” Kertz confirmed.

“2D spotting is a minimum,” he added. “I want a form of 3D spotting that avoids, ‘There, behind the tree.’ ‘What tree?’”

“I want a balanced 3D spot that works for a whole team.”

“It’s still early,” he assured another enquirer, “there’s still plenty to do, and it’s not like I’m going to forget about spotting, or the issues it creates.

“Spotted enemies could have a bomb dropped on them by an orbital space cannon for all I’ve decided right now.”

While Hertz assured that players will be able to prone in Battlefield 3 – meaning players can lie on their stomachs – there will be absolutely no lying down while in mid-air. This is a technique called ‘Dolphin Diving’ and “is out”, wrote Kertz – “Period.”

Battlefield 3 will be released in Autumn for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. The game will see a full reveal at GDC later this month.


  1. Tue, 8th Feb 2011 at 3:02 am

    dam, got me so excited there i thought that was 3D support.
    oh well, BFBC2 did have 3D support so im sure this will.
    hopefully better, BFBC2s 3D support was, well, not exactly up to DICE standards!

  2. Tue, 8th Feb 2011 at 6:26 am

    Details are starting to come to the surface concerning this…… It’s looking like something.

  3. Tue, 8th Feb 2011 at 7:55 am

    Yeah I’m liking what I’m seeing/hearing thus far

  4. Tue, 8th Feb 2011 at 10:00 am

    looks ok, id much rather a mirrors edge 2 though.

  5. Tue, 8th Feb 2011 at 10:02 am

    Shooters, shooters and more shooters…..It’s where the money is.

  6. Wed, 9th Feb 2011 at 8:42 am

    not for long!
    sooner or later people will get sick of them…….

  7. Wed, 9th Feb 2011 at 8:49 am

    And we should get sick of them if innovation is lacking….

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