August 13, 2013

Battlefield 4 Dinosaur Mode

There has been a lot of speculation about a dinosaur mode in the Battlefield series after a number of dinosaur-themed easter eggs in the campaign and on multiplayer maps of Battlefield 3.  Whether or not DICE will include such a mode is purely speculation at this point, though they certainly enjoy teasing us.  Nonetheless, there is a very good discussion on the topic taking place over on reddit.  I felt it good to share possibly the best post I have seen on the topic.
I am just going to say what I always say whenever Dino Mode for Battlefield is brought up (and please read my post thoroughly);
According to a GamersSpot article, the dinosaur at the beginning of the E3 demo and Thunder Run trailer was placed in response to a 4chan thread in which a supposed Activision sales manager wondered why their Call of Duty game didn't sell as well on PC as it did on consoles, with several responses saying it was due to a lack of dinosaurs. Gustav Halling, a gameplay designer for Back to Karkand, tweeted about it.
Let me list some things.
-Millers' son's Dino toy in Thunder Run
-5 hidden Dinosaur figures hidden on Wake Island
-Hidden Dino on Epicenter
-On Gulf of Oman there is a strange blue flashing light behind the tarp of the building under construction. It might be just a person welding something, because, as stated above, it's under construction. There is an object inside the tarp that appears to be in the shape of a dinosaur. []
-On Sabalan Pipeline near a collections of silos are two toppled fences, the fences are not destroyed by the player but has been previously knocked over. Near the fences, in the snow is a trail of dinoasur footsteps leading up the mountain and out of bounds, as one nears the out of bounds mark a dinosaur roar is heard. []
On Nebandan Flats there are three dinosaur skulls. []
-Pterodactyl on Nebandan Flats. []
-Plus there is a Dinosaur dog tag for use in multiplayer.
I'm sure I even missed one or two.
Ok I didnt want to bring it up, but... Look at CoD: WaW and how it introduced the Zombies mode, it was one simple level that was a bonus unlock if you beat the game. Now look at CoD: BO2, the once small and lackluster mode is now a HUGE selling point and most of the games players love the fact that Zombies is included, the main reason the game's DLC sells so well is due to it having a new Zombies map.
And when I say "complete creative freedom" I mean DICE wouldent be confined to the realism of the modern day military, the mode could take place on another planet, have all kinds of "un-realistic" content and it wouldent matter, why? It's in a bonus mode that's only correlation to the base game is Frostbite 3, and killing enemies.
Watch if DICE includes a Dino Mode at any point for Battlefield 4 (hopfully included at launch) it will drive even more sales of the game, as long as they take some time doing it and don't piece it together.
I understand everyone wants Battlefield 4's multiplayer to be the best yet in the series and I have no doubt in my mind that DICE has done an amazing job on the multiplayer component. Nonetheless, a Dino Mode would and could be a viable addition to the Battlefield IP.
Look what Ubisoft (Montreal · Shanghai) did with the standalone Far Cry 3 expansion, Blood Dragon. It's themed as a 80's VHS movie with robots and space commandos. And keep in mind that vanilla Far Cry 3 was a "realistic" open world game. The expansion was well received and was downloaded over 500,000 times.
I love the Battlefield IP for it's realism, but I would love for a bonus mode (not an entire game) to allow DICE to go "un-realistic" and really put Frostbite 3 and the teams creative power to it's limits.
Don't be simple minded, just imagine what DICE could do with creative freedom in a bonus Dinosaur mode in Battlefield 4. They are no longer confined to realism like they are in campaign and multiplayer. They could really do some awesome stuff. And I bet the majority of players would try it and enjoy it.
Campaign is for a cinematic story, multiplayer is for team based operations and can be rather stressful. Battlefield doesn't have a mode where you can just play for fun with some friends, and it could really benefit from a mode like that.

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