Don't worry about motion control gimmicks showing up in Battlefield 4
Battlefield 4 is safe from the growing "gimmick" of motion controls. Despite an increasing number of games implementing motion-based features, DICE is sticking to its guns when it comes to their upcoming first-person shooter. Speaking to Edge, DICE executive producer Patrick Bach confirmed the studio has no intention of implementing motion control in Battlefield 4, mostly because they feel it doesn't make the game any better.
“We are not interested in things that don’t make the game better,” Bach said. “There are a lot of gimmicks – people throwing money at us – ‘can you implement support for this quirky control thing’. No, it doesn’t make the game better.”
This doesn't mean DICE is turning down all new ideas. On the contrary, Bach said the studio is "extremely open to innovation, but if it's a gimmick, there is no point unless it adds value to the player."
"Touch screens used to be a gimmick, because no-one could get it to work until iPhone came out and used it right. It adds to the experience, and now everyone is doing it," he concluded. "To us it’s the same with motion control and perceptual gaming in general; if it adds, great. If it’s a gimmick, ignore it.”
Those are some very bold words coming from Bach, especially when it's expected that motion control will play a very large role in the next generation of gaming. Both the PS4 and next Xbox are expected to make great use of motion control technology. The PS4 is said to make use of the DualShock 4 and PS Eye, while the next Xbox is rumored to ship with a new and improved Kinect sensor. Unfortunately, not all developers are as
stubborn smart as DICE is when it comes to these "gimmicks."