There’s a rumor floating around that the next entry in the Battlefield, an FPS that essentially simulates warfare for those unaware, is to be the third entry in the Bad Company series.
The latest title, Battlefield 1, is still very healthy online (just today it had 50k players during peak according to BF1Stats.com) but many are keen on a new, more modern sequel.
Hearty Meal or Nostalgia Bait?
Video from YouTuber AlmightyDaq where the rumor originated
What has rolled out with the rumor could have some salivating and others left in confusion, and personally, while I would love a true sequel in the Bad Company series, I’m cautiously optimistic it will be done right.
The rumor comes from YouTuber AlmightyDaq who has apparently been right on the mark concerning other Battlefield rumors, namely those pertaining to Battlefield 1.
Here’s a bullet list of information about Bad Company 3 to come out of the video:
- The campaign portion of the game will take place during and after the Vietnam War
- It will not be historically accurate
- Confirmed game modes are as follows:
- Squad Obliteration
- Team Deathmatch
- The focus will be on tighter gameplay and less about all out warfare
- Maps will be similar to Oasis, Grand Bazaar, and Harvest Day
- Vietnam and Cold War era guns will be available
- Gun customization will return to the expansiveness of Battlefield 4
- Other forms of customization will also be improved
- Modern vehicles will be available
- Playable classes include Assault, Engineer, Support, and Recon
- Faster gameplay than BF1 with higher skill gap
- Microtransactions won’t be making an appearance (we’ll see about that…)
The thing that sticks out to me most is the emphasis on tighter gameplay through map design with less of a push for all out warfare on a grander scale.
I played Bad Company 1 and 2 on the Xbox 360, and some of my fondest memories with the Battlefield series is with those two games. I remember the player count being half of what it is in modern Battlefield games, and to me, this provided compelling gameplay despite its smaller scale.
In fact, I’d be willing to see this type of approach make a return as long as they captured the general “feel” and “flow” of Bad Company. But I don’t know how the general market and, more importantly, series veterans will react.
Bad Company always had a sort of airiness in its approach to FPS gameplay, from its campaign to its overall art direction, and just about everything in between. Dice really needs to nail what made Bad Company great instead of tacking on Bad Company in order to reel in nostalgia by the ton.
AlmightyDaq says that we’ll see the reveal for the game at E3 2018 so we are a ways away. We’re sure that the rumor will mature and take new forms in the months between now and then.
Let’s hope this long coming sequel, if real, turns out to be something with substance instead of a flash in the pan that is nostalgia bait.