Singleplayer is important in Battlefield 4, says DICE
Let’s face it, most hardcore Battlefield 4 players won’t touch the singleplayer campaign. Battlefield started out and became known as a multiplayer-only franchise. And it remained so until the series arrived on consoles, where singleplayer was added.
BF3 shipped with a singleplayer campaign which was universally panned as the worst part of the game. DICE acknowledged this in a recent interview, saying that the criticism of the singleplayer campaign “hurt us quite a lot”. Battlefield 4 singleplayer producer Tobias Dahl said that they set off to fix what was wrong with the campaign in BF3.
Dahl said in an interview that they don’t want “epic set pieces where you sit down and relax and put the controller away” in Battlefield 4. DICE is putting extra focus on the singleplayer campaign this time around, which is why Battlefield 4 won’t feature co-op — DICE opted to spend the resources making a better campaign instead.
He added that while the series is known for its multiplayer, the singleplayer has become an important part of the series. Dahl says that Battlefield 4 singleplayer will be equally important, because not everyone likes the competitiveness of the multiplayer. And the series is certainly known for its competitive, but rewarding multiplayer experience. A few months ago, we had the first Battlefield 4 petition, where a player wants DICE to add bots to the multiplayer.
Battlefield 4 was unveiled last week with a 17-minute singleplayer gameplay video, which DICE claims was a pre-alpha version. While most hardcore players will probably avoid the campaign altogether, at least it looks like Battlefield 4 singleplayer will be a big improvement from last time.