Over the past few months, DICE has expertly dodged questions whether PC gamers will be able to create several soldiers per Origin account in Battlefield 3. During the beta, we saw there was “room” for multiple solders on Battlelog, and we’ve heard conflicting news whether we’ll be able to create multiple soldiers. However, according to DICE, those “slots” are for console accounts, meaning that you cannot create a new solder on PC, but if you play Battlefield 3 on a console, you can add your console soldier (e.g. via Xbox Live Gamertag), and track the stats in Battlelog. This is according to DICE’s Daniel Matros, who tweeted the news.
Not only that, it’s been confirmed (again, via Matro’s Twitter) that your name in Battlelog is your Origin username, which will also be the name of your soldier, presumably. What makes this situation worse, is that players cannot change their Origin account name via the settings, instead, they have to contact EA tech support and request a name change. Which sometimes works, sometimes doesn’t.
We dunno what else to say other than we’re disappointed over this, especially if all of Mr. Matros’ Tweets turn out to be true. The integration between Origin, Battlelog and Battlefield 3 has taken a step too far, slashing away features that PC gamers have enjoyed for years. Simple features like creating different soldiers and choosing your in-game name.
Not to mention that since your Origin username is publicly displayed, it’s a potential security risk as would-be hackers now only have to guess the password. Other services, like Steam, don’t publicly display the username/login name of the account.