DICE: You Will Not be Able to Shoot Civilians in Battlefield 3
First-person shooter titles, most notoriously - Call of Duty, have generated a lot of buzz lately for their amount of graphical violence. Most remember the exaggerated, controversial "No Russian" level in MW2 that caused numerous publications to question whether or not games were being too violent. With Battlefield 3 on the horizon, DICE's Patrick Bach explains why BF3 will be taking a separate route in terms of civilians.
Bach told Rock, Paper, Shotgun , "I'm trying to stay away from civilians in games like BF because I think people will do bad. I don't want to see videos on the internet where people shoot civilians. That's something I will sanitize by removing that feature from the game."
He continued, "In a game where it's more authentic, when you have a gun in your hand and a child in front of you what would happen? Well the player would probably shoot that child. But we would be the ones to be blamed. We have to build our experiences so we don't put the player in experiences where they can do bad things."
When asked they were "restraining violence," Bach stated, "it doesn't mean that I don't want people to feel that war is not good. We are trying to do something that is more mature. Mature not being gore; some people confuse the two. That's childish actually, to want more blood. I think games need to grow up a bit. They will grow with gamers. There will always be games for children, but I want games for grown-ups, games I can play. As long as I'm in the business I will make games that I want to play."