Discussion: Battlefield 2142 / Battlefield 2142 - General Discussion - Look what was in the NY Times today - http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/21/te...ref=technology
"In a major departure from its traditional business model, E.A. plans to announce Monday
"In a major departure from its traditional business model, E.A. plans to announce Monday that it is developing a new installment in its hit Battlefield series that will be distributed on the Internet as a free download. Rather than being sold at retail, the game is meant to generate revenue through advertising and small in-game transactions that allow players to spend a few dollars on new outfits, weapons and other virtual gear."
I don't like it either Frank: "Not only will Heroes be distributed online, but also it is meant to provide a simpler, more accessible entertainment experience than the relatively complex earlier Battlefield games."
I guess its because I'm a "hard-core gamer", but how are they going to make it simpler than all previous Battlefield games?
Only thing that comes to mind is removing the concept of "tickets" and removing vehicles.
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FROM THE TACTICAL GAMER PRIMER.
3) Support game play in a near-simulation environment. Where the focus of play would not be solely on doing what it takes to win, but doing so utilizing real-world combat strategy and tactics rather than leveraging exploits provided to players by the design of the game engine.
Yeah, I don't like the sound of it at all, especially this:
“The existing Battlefield games are fairly deep; you have to be pretty good or you’ll die pretty quick,” Mr. Florin said Friday in a telephone interview from Geneva. “Now we’ve toned down the difficulty, shortened each game session to 10 or 15 minutes and made the visual style more cartoony.”
It sounds like all it'll really have in common with the current BF games is the name before the colon.
"E.A. hopes the game can help point the way for Western game publishers looking to diversify beyond appealing to hard-core players with games that can cost $60 or more."
What crap is this?
"it is meant to provide a simpler, more accessible entertainment experience than the relatively complex earlier Battlefield games."
"Now we’ve toned down the difficulty, shortened each game session to 10 or 15 minutes and made the visual style more cartoony. Players can pay not only for decorative items like shoes and jerseys but also for boosts in their players’ speed, agility and accuracy."
And that's Tactical!
"E.A. hopes to bring that basic system of “microtransactions” to Western players, along with increased advertising."
Say so brother, I did not think of that!
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