The Commander role featured in Battlefield 2 will not be appearing in Battlefield 3 as the experience was “a bit flawed” says DICE’s general manager Karl Troedsson.
Speaking at the Eurogamer Expo in Brighton, Troedsson said, “When the dev team sat down and thought about this, the Commander role was a very important and hot topic in the studio I have to say,” (via Eurogamer).
“Some people wanted us to implement it in the absolute same way as we had before; some of us wanted us to reinvigorate how we do it.
“I don't know how many people have tried to play as a Commander in Battlefield 2, but it's kind of a strange experience,” he suggested. “Everyone agrees that that actual role of the Commander is very, very cool. But the problem is that only one person per team could play it, and it was always the highest ranking one.
“But even for the people that played as a Commander, the first thing they did was what? They ran off to a corner somewhere and lay down there and tried to hide so the Spec Ops guy wouldn't find them when he was going to blow up the installations.
“They basically spent the whole match lying on the ground on some obscure corner of the map, hoping not to get knifed in the back and trying to support people.
“There was something very cool about the Commander role and there was also something a bit flawed, we have to say,” he summarised.
Instead, squad commanders will be able to assume many of the functions formerly held by Commanders. “The team-play elements of the Commander mode that we really like, we have tried to push down to the squads and the squad leaders.”
Squad leaders will be able to call in artillery strikes and mortar strikes while a remote-controlled UAV drone will provide feedback on enemy movements.
Battlefield 3 is coming to PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on the 27th of October. A beta for all platforms commences on the 29th of September.