War has been declared as Electronic Arts and Activision get set to unleash the latest in their massively popular first-person shooter series Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 this fall. The stakes? Literally a billion dollars, and a hell of a lot of bragging rights.
But what sets them apart? Which title are you looking forward to most? Well, we’re going to give you a bit of the background on each and let you make your voices heard.
Battlefield 3 looks set to strike first in Europe with a 4th November release date. But with a current North American release is not set until 11th December, expect Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to make up massive ground on its rival with a worldwide 8th November release.
The propaganda machine is already in full swing for BF:3 and has succeeded in generating a huge momentum for the latest tactical shooter by celebrated developer DICE, as previously reported.
Check out the full 12-minute gameplay trailer here:
The guys and gals over at Infinity Ward may have been biding their time to officially announce their campaign, but once the secret was out they took the pre-order charts by storm.
Finally, at 2am Greenwich Mean Time and 6pm Pacific Time, the first official MW3 gameplay trailer was released:
Both games look simply stunning. The Battlefield 3 trailer does a fantastic job of showing off some of what their new Frostbite 2.0 engine is capable of. “Where other shooters are treading water Battlefield 3 innovates.” Karl Magnus Troedssen, General Manager at Sweden-based DICE explained on the website. “Frostbite 2 is a game-changer for shooter fans. We call it a next-generation engine for current-generation platforms.”
Although full details of Modern Warfare 3’s game engine have not yet been released, Robert Bowling, Creative Stratergist at Infinity Ward did hint about it on his twitter, “We haven’t gone into detail on the engine yet but we’ve moved beyond the MW2 engine and added a lot of cool stuff for MW3″. Expect them to make up ground fast in showing off the look and feel of the game.
Whilst the previous Battlefield games have made multiplayer their primary target, the trailer suggests that they are keen to include a more robust single player experience this time around. You can bet your last dollar though that MW3 is going to continue to throw the same seat-of-your-pants style only-in-Hollywood action set-pieces at fans who have come to expect nothing less from the series.
You can also be sure that both teams of publishers and developers will be watching each other closely and keen not to let their rivals get ahead of them. EA are still licking their wounds over the lukewarm response to their reboot of the Medal of Honor series, a promising but glitchy game in which strangely, the single player component was developed by EA LA and ran on a heavily modified version of the Unreal 3 engine, whilst only the multiplayer was developed by DICE and ran on the Frostbite 1.5 engine.
Although Medal of Honor was soundly beaten in sales and reviews by Call of Duty: Black Ops, which went on to break worldwide sales records, this game was, in fact, developed by Treyarch. The previous record holder had been Infinity Ward with Modern Warfare 2. Only Black Ops was able to topple Infinity Ward despite stronger reviews for the more tactical Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
Both teams go into this with something to prove.
Huge, destructible environments have been one of the hallmarks of the Battlefield series from Bad Company onwards, which, when combined with its tactical gameplay and emphasis on teamwork, won over millions of fans who desired a more in-depth and rewarding multiplayer experience than that offered by most FPSs.
Kotaku were the first to report that Modern Warfare 3 may attempt to utilise a similar style in larger levels and destructible environments. This is a smart move by Infinity Ward, as they attempt not only to outdo their ‘rivals’ Treyarch in offering a fun, accessible online frag-fest, but balance that with the demands of a more mature and sophisticated audience looking for something beyond Bad Company 2.
So what’s it going to be? Frankly, we are eagerly looking forward to both. And I’m sure thousands, if not millions of you will lap up both as well when released. But come on, we’re putting a gun to your head now: choose one, and only one, that you’re looking forward to the most.