Brace yourselves, Battlefield fans, because you might be a bit disappointed after reading this. A lot of the requested features for Battlefield 3, features like in-game VOIP, Commo Rose command system, and advanced jet option, are uncertain at launch, according to DICE’s Lars Gustavsson, who recently spoke to GameSpy.
Regarding Voice Over IP communication, DICE says that it won’t be in-game at launch and that players will have to use Battlelog to set up a chat group. Gustavsson did say that they’ll see how things go “down the road” and take it from there.
PC players who wish to have joystick or gamepad controls get a few more encouraging words from Gustavsson, as he said DICE is targeting to include it at launch, but “if it doesn’t turn up at launch, it will definitely be a high priority as soon as possible after shipping”. What’s not encouraging, however, is that there won’t be an “advanced flight model” for PC players — e.g. where you can adjust mouse sensitivity for each vehicle. This was present in all other PC Battlefield games, and it’s surprising, if not disappointing, that we won’t see this simple feature return in Battlefield 3.
Commo Rose isn’t certain for launch either, as Gusvasson put it, “It is on our list for trying to get in there at launch”. Commo Rose has been one of the most requested features from the PC community, and if we know DICE correctly, we most likely won’t see it at launch.
On a good note, Gustavsson said that a lot of things from the beta have been fixed, things like hit detection and that flashlights have been toned down as well.
You can read the full interview here. Thanks to GameSpy for actually asking DICE some real questions instead of pounding the same themes over and over again. For once, the community actually gets some real questions answered.