DICE: Why Battlefield 3 Has No "Commander"
After deciding the implementation of the "Commander" role was "a bit flawed" in Battlefield 2, DICE has decided to not include the ability to play as a "Commander" in Battlefield 3.
One of DICE's core problems with the Commander role "is that only one person per team could play it, and it was always the highest ranking one." In addition to that, "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."
While the "Commander" role is technically out of the game, the functionality of that role still remains in the form of squad leaders and gadgets. Players will still have the ability to launch artillery strikes, and things like mortar strikes and gadgets like the UAV drone were also mentioned.
"We've tried to push this down into the squads so they can both fill the roles that the Commander had, but then also be an active soldier on the battlefield," DICE's Karl Magnus Troedsson explained at Eurogamer Expo.
Battlefield 3 launches for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on October 25, and an open beta for the game begins on September 29.