Battlefield is a franchise known for big maps and massive battles, however DICE’s statistics have surprised the developer when it comes to popular maps: the ones they thought would be the most played are not. In fact, the most popular maps in BF3 are Close Quarters Combat maps like Metro (it’s the most played map in Battlefield 3), hence the first wave of DLC, Close Quarters.
“We looked at what people are playing and the result is a tighter infantry experience with CQ,” said DICE Gameplay Designer Gustav Halling. Halling added that when polled, gamers say overwhelmingly they want more big maps, however the hard statistics tell a different story.
“Polls say one thing, our real statistics say another. What players actually are playing not what some click,” he said, adding, “it’s a interesting challenge for me because its not what is expected by us.” Yet, “its still BF3 gameplay, not any other game!.”
What would you guys prefer, more close quarters maps, or massive levels like Caspian Border?