Video game violence has been a widely debated topic of concern over the past two decades, namely due to games such as the gory Mortal Kombat, and the extremely provocative Grand Theft Auto series. While many people enjoy crossing the line in video games when possible, DICE’s Patrick Bach isn’t one of them, and he’s making sure Battlefield 3 doesn’t end up being another controversial item on the evening news.
If you plan on blowing away civilians in the upcoming BF3, think again, as Executive Producer Patrick Bach is ensuring that those qualities stay away from the series. At the DICE HQ in Stockholm, Bach told VG247:
Me personally, I’m trying to stay away from civilians in games like Battlefield because I think people will do bad. I don’t want to see videos on the internet where people shoot civilians. That’s something I will sanitise by removing that feature from the game.
As time has passed, boundaries have expanded throughout entertainment in general. What was once almost forbidden on TV is now found on nearly every channel, and video games are no different. While BF3 will feature plenty of intensity in its realistic war environment, and likely a lot of the violence that goes along with it, it won’t be a game where you drive tanks over people going to work. That just isn’t in Battlefield‘s DNA.