NYCC: Battlefield 1943 Dev Commentary

The New York Comic Convention (which is being attended by our own man-of-at-least-two-talents, Kieron Gillen) is in full swing, and this year it is being attended by many videogame companies. This means a minor deluge of videos from various sources, some of which I’ll post up here. First up: Battlefield 1943, with a developer narrating. Now isn’t this interesting: signs of that Battlefield Heroes parallel development breaking through here? Quite possibly, it does look rather bright and smooth and beautiful. Also far away from the painterly militarism of Battlefield 2. I can hear the howls of anti-console anguish from here.

Additionally, there’s this comment in the GameTrailers thread: “no blood? i wish u could see his body teared apart” Er hmm. (There is blood.)


  1. Gap Gen says:

    I was going to make a comment about paying attention to video comments, but then realised the horrible irony of it all.

  2. eyemessiah says:

    There will be blood!

  3. Joe Boomer says:

    It looks extremely simplistic. I was hoping for more.

  4. Tworak says:

    games for toddlers and console gamers

  5. Rogue says:

    I thought EA/DICE had the arcade shooter audience covered by BF: Heroes? There’s no need to make a shiney, stripped down BF1942 when you’ve still got a fanbase that wants BF3. Only 3 classes? I would have thought that BF2142’s 4 customisable classes was the bare minimum for a decent class-based FPS. Apparently not.

  6. The Poisoned Sponge says:

    I’ve heard, through various sources, that BF 1943 will be download only, feature only 3 classes, have infinite ammo and regenerating health. I balk at saying this, but… discuss?

  7. cyrenic says:

    “Infinite ammo and regenerating health.”

    IMO, those are valid reasons for anti-console howls.

  8. fulis says:


  9. The Poisoned Sponge says:

    My main source for that is here, before I get accused of ‘stirring’, as my dad used to call it.

  10. Pattom says:

    I’m gonna be the first to say that this actually looks fun. They obviously don’t have a remake of BF1942 on the menu, and, as disappointing as that is, this looks like it will still be great fun. Planes, landing craft, running gunfights up the arms of Wake…they seem pretty faithful to the spirit, if not the execution, of Battlefield.

  11. Chris Evans says:

    I was initially excited about this, then after reading that Kotaku article I feel deflated. What made 1942 and BF2 so awesome was the large numbers, the variety of kits and the team work that was present, 1943 seems like a half-arsed effort to try and capture some sales on the PSN and Live Arcade things.

    I want a real successor to 1942/BF2, not this. I could rant for days on this!

  12. Gap Gen says:

    Any of the die-hard BF2 fans want to skip over to ArmA2 for their realistic gunplay, huge maps and vehicle-based madness?

  13. jonfitt says:

    Ugh. That game has consolitis so badly it should be taken out behind the woodshed.

    Infinite ammo, such a crap idea. Personally, if I were aver to play this game, I’d probably just play anti-tank and continuously spam rockets. That sounds super fun.

    Let’s hope this is a temporary cash-in like Modern Combat and we can get back to the real games next.

  14. Nick says:

    Thats not consolitis, it’s just stupid developeritis. The Battlefront games, whilst not being particularly good, didn’t suffer from regenerating health, low class numbers or infinite ammo (aside from pistols anyway).

  15. Man Raised By Puffins says:


    My main source for that is here, before I get accused of ’stirring’, as my dad used to call it.

    The dev chappie in the cam video Jim posted mentions most of the features which are rubbing people up the wrong way too.

    Looks fairly fun to me, and might be worth a look if they keep the price low. About the only design decision that sounds questionable is the infinite ammo, which sounds like it’ll invite a bit too much camping for my tastes, but then I’m not really a Battlefield fan having missed the boat for 1942 and not really getting on with the demo for 2 so I’m not attached to how the game used to do things.

  16. rupert says:

    is DICE actually making a BF3 or similiar , ie a FULL on sequel to 1942/bf2 for PC ..?

  17. Nick says:

    I believe they are making BF3 in a BF2 style setting, yes.

  18. rabbitsoup says:

    isnt that a BF2 map, “something island” got released in a patch before the disc was relegated to a coaster for my Eeyore mug.

    but uinfinte ammo just means that there is no “need ammo” spam ect and it s more action based. any 24 players = fail

  19. Nick says:

    Wake Island was a 1942 map that has been remade/released in patches for BF2 and lately 2142, yes.

  20. Dozer says:

    I loved BF1942 and BF:Vietnam. Never got the newer ones though. From a realism point of view, dropping infinite numbers of bombs from a Zero or Corsair isn’t much worse than dropping 10, then doing a low fly-by of an aircraft carrier to get replenished. It’d have to be quite cheap and crapware-free to prise me away from L4D and TF2 though.

  21. Rich_P says:

    There’s no reason to pay $15 or $20 for this when you can readily buy the complete BF 42 collection for $10. In N. America, there are still several full servers, too, one of which runs Midway 24/7.

    Unlimited ammo, health regen, and 24 player cap? That doesn’t appeal to me at all.

  22. Heliocentric says:

    Fuck sake, this is nothing about consoles. They are simpering for the masses. Consoles have players who are aware of this bull just like us pc folk have guys who buy every idiots who buy everything catering to casual violence.

    The problem does not originate from a platform but an idealoligy. A set of priorities the developers\focus groups think is important.

  23. Rosti says:

    There will be blood!

    It may be yours – so go kill someone.

    (Signed, Bad Horse)

  24. shinygerbil says:

    what Heliocentric said.

  25. Gap Gen says:

    “There will be blood!”

    Someone on the BF1942 team is shouting “I HAVE ABANDONED MY SON!”

  26. Gap Gen says:

    Also, this video reminds me why I don’t particularly like developer commentaries. Not many adept programmers are also adept public speakers.

  27. GC says:

    Any of the die-hard BF2 fans want to skip over to ArmA2
    BF2 is very arcade and cannot be compared to ArmA… but did you try Project Reality mod for BF2 ? The official multiplayer campaigns are quite fun !

    BF1942 is the best vanilla BF imho

  28. GC says:

    oh I totally screwed up the linking :-( tags are the things that should be dumbed down for mainstreams !

  29. Dormouse says:

    I’m the only one who thinks this looks cool? It’s obviously not meant to be BF3.

  30. El_MUERkO says:

    [rant]DICE suck balls, they give us unfinished games then instead of finishing them with patches they make rip off expansions. Between Battlefield 2 and Bad Company they made nothing worth a full price game and many piles of turd, Bad Company was very impressive technically and massively lacking in content or variation, then comes Mirrors Edge with it’s four hour singleplayer and no multiplayer. I’ve given up on them and anything they output.[/rant]

  31. KP says:

    Why does that Japanese sniper have a Mauser? :(
    I was excited about this game before watching this. It looks look concentrated idiot boredom. Oh well. New version of DYSTOPIA is out! \o/

  32. Heliocentric says:

    I take your dystopia and raise you a project reality!

  33. Dorsch says:

    I love the colours. But I don’t know about the gameplay. Could be fun, could be too simplistic.

  34. RC-1290'Dreadnought' says:

    There will be a class based game that has just one class, I’m sure of it. It’ll be a black and white game (or two different colors). And people will pay money for it.

  35. TwistyMcNoggins says:

    I was wondering if the pointing hand was some sort of new gameplay feature for spotting enemy troops. It was only about 3/4 of the way through I realised it was the developers


  36. psyk says:

    why are all the pc gamers getting angry over this its being relesed on Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, & PC download why were/are you expecting a full fledged pc game?

  37. Heliocentric says:

    Why release a half assed game with better versions already out though? I suppose the console release makes sense with them not having 42, but eh? I’m not angry it exists, just not in a hurry to spend money on it. Although, it will show the direction bf3 is taking so the right price might lure me in.

  38. Dreamhacker says:

    I’d say Dice is a poster child of the EA Style of game development.

    That was not a compliment.

  39. Warduke says:

    Wow I was actually pretty excited for this before I saw that video. It definitely comes across as a console 1st and PC afterthought approach. I want a real successor to BF1942, it was probably my all time favorite pc game.

  40. Aftershock says:

    I think most of the anger comes from the fact that this isn’t a remake of 1942, which we would all love. However that doesn’t necessarily mean this will be a shit game. All they have to do is raise the player cap a bit, and remove unlimited ammo on weapons like rocket launchers, and there you go, a nicely playable, fun game. Call me crazy, but i think the destructible terrain will be awesome.

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    Gnarl says:

    I must admit, that while I try not to hate a game at “pre-alhpa” (snigger), I could think of few worse things to put out than a version of a game that appears less pretty, less varied and with no discernable new ideas, that I’ve played previously.

    I have enjoyed the recent Battlefields, increasingly so, (not heroes) so I want to give it a chance. Why do they make it so hard?

  42. psyk says:

    They cant/wont port BF heroes but they want a arcadey version of the game like it on the consoles and its easy to port to pc so why not. As for the gimped out game its got to fit in the size limit for arcade games ms has in place, not sure what it is now days.

  43. Pundabaya says:

    Looks like fun! You all remember fun don’t you?

    Oops, no, it doesn’t seem like you do. That’s what you get when you try and play games on your fancy-dan beige word-processors.

    Get with the times, grandad!

  44. Andrew says:

    The ‘nice little roadkill, classic Battlefield moment’ looked really terrible. I thought he’d driven over the guy without effect until he got out to look at his corpse, due to the way he clipped through him. I remember all the other Battlefield games doing a nice ragdoll-over-the-bonnet thing.

  45. CryingTheAnnualKingo says:

    An arcadey BF game, huh? What’s the point when they are already knee deep in BF: Heroes? Doesn’t make sense to me.
    I think that BF3 has became BF: Bad Company 2.

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    Gnarl says:

    @Andrew: I think that’s something I can forgive for not being in a earlyish build. One would assume such effects will appear later.

    @Pundabaya: These game playing things can process words? That sounds fun! More fun than this game looks right now, anyway.

  47. Ceremony says:

    Oh sweet a WW2 shooter

  48. shiznit says:

    DICE should just forget about the PC altogether. Heroes was bad enough but this is just insulting. Unlimited ammo? Where do I insert tokens?

  49. Alonzo Harris says:

    I really don’t get what DICE is doing here, especially on the PC. The press release said that both 1943 and Bad Company 2 would be coming to PC so there will actually be three different Battlefield games released for the PC this year if the information is correct.

    If this is the case, EA seem to be taking a very scattergun approach to multiplayer gaming by releasing as many different games at different price points and for different audiences, as possible and hoping that something hits the target.

  50. Zeh says:

    I still don’t get why they’re doing this. There’s Battlefield Heroes for the combat-challenged people, why create another product for the same kind of crowd, at the same time (while also raping everybody’s expectations nonetheless)?