David Goldfarb, the man who is behind the designing of games such as Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3, has finally left Electronic Arts or EA’s DICE studios. Over the last five years, he has worked mostly on Battlefield games. According to his tweet, he has had a great run, designing 4 games over the last 5 years and that he is grateful to work with some awesome people on some great games.
Goldfarb talked about his exiting plans with Joystiq. He said that he is finally ready to move on to some new things and get involved into something different. However, he is not completely keen on sharing his future plans.
David Goldfarb is however not the first among the high profile DICE developers to quit the company over the last few years. Prior to this was Gordon Van Dyke, who left DICE back in the year 2010. He is currently working with Paradox Interactive and is involved in the development of a Battlefield-like third person action game from the developer FatShark of War of the Roses fame. Patrick Bach, who was also a part of Battlefield’s development leadership, is currently heading as company CEO, and Karl Magnus Troedsson is on a paternity leave.
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The first bonus feature, which is triggered when the player scores a minimum of three of the ‘Insignia’ symbols on the first, second or third reels, and the player is then given the option of choosing any of the Insignias – with each one providing a prize of different value. The second bonus feature incorporated into this game is activated by scoring a minimum of three ’18 age certificate’ symbols on the third, fourth or fifth reels and entitles the player to eighteen free spins with a two-time multiplier. The final bonus feature involves the player having to choose one of a number of potential ‘hits’ to kill, with the value of the prize they can win depending on the difficulty level of the target they choose. This feature becomes activated when the player scores a minimum of three of the ‘Laptop’ symbols on the third, fourth or fifth reels.
It is a different way to play an action game, but still definitely worth trying – it might feel a bit silly after the realist action of Battlefield bad Company, but it really gives you a new perspective to the kills!
Electroic Arts may also launch in near future a second free-to-play game and it will be based on Battlefield. It is titled Battlefield Play4Free and will be containing the Battlefield 2 most popular maps and also powerful weapons of the game.
Battlefield Play4Free will have vehicular combat and at a certain time 32 people can play online. Gamers will earn game currency after gaining experience to purchase weapons and other equipment.
Electronic Arts launched, last year, Battlefield Heroes. Presently, it has about six million registered players. In the free-to-play model, the publisher allows gamers to take part in the matches for free and it also offers the players the option of making small purchases like outfits or bonus experience.
The publisher says that Battlefield Play4Free is for serious shooter fans who seeks for a premium, but without any charges. Gamers will experience in it the rivals top console titles.
On November 30, EA will start the beta version of Battlefield Play4Free. The game will be launched next spring.
Detailed explanation of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Heavy Metal map was posted by DICE. This is the new upcoming map of the game.
The Heavy Metal map has been taken from single player campaign of the game and this is one of the largest multiplayer maps in Battlefield Bad Company 2. It will be made available as a part of ‘VIP Map Pack 7′ along with Harvest Day and Oasis.
The Heavy Metal will be featuring the Conquest gameplay mode of the game and it will have three flags that is placed across the map. Plenty of vehicles will also be there in the map at captured bases.
Gamers will also see chopper pilots doing their best to get in close to the strategic locations.
Battlefield Play4Free was shown by Electronic Arts last week. It is a new free to play game which is aimed at providing full Battlefield FPS experience.
DICE introduces new patch of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 for the PC version. It is a step to fix up some of the gaming issues that have been reported by the community and also to make BBC2 prepared for the release of a new expansion pack i.e. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam.
Few of the changes are mentioned below:
- One Insignia that needed unobtainable Bronze star has been removed.
- Change in the hit registration from MOH to BC2.
- The two-second immunity can now be immediately remove when spawning or being revived. It can be removed by either firing, zooming or by any movement such as move, crouch or jump.
- The 3D vision has now been fixed.
Well, the date of release of the patch has not yet been announced.
DICE is not expanding the Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam, but they are redeveloping the engine of the game so tat fifteen new weapons can be added along with 49 songs for the vehicle radio. More to this, six vehicles are also being added that are associated with the Vietnam war.
According to the latest blog post of Electronic Arts (EA), the company is focussing on few changes in the game to make it Vietnam compliant. Most of the existing tools of BBC2 still function the same way, but they are reskinned to make it more accurate to the era. Now, games will not only get the tech gadgets such as the blocks of C4, but they will also have bundles of dynamite. This time, the vehicle repair tool is like a blow torch and adrenaline syringes are the defibrillators.
This time players won’t be able to use motion sensor of high tech. Tracer dart is not there and there is also no more spotting assistance in it. Well, for improving the navigation, DICE has now added a compass in the game that integrates with the minimap.
From the Twitter post of designer Gustav Halling, it has been confirmed that Tuk-Tuk has been added in BBC 2.
The official blog of Electronic Arts is regularly updating with details of the upcoming Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam, scheduled to be released by the year end. They are updating about the expansion pack.
One of the expansion pack, as mentioned on the official BBC2 site, features Vietnam War-era tanks.
The developer mentions that the United States Army and the North Vietnamese Army each gets one type of such tanks to drive around the war zone and shoot things with it.
It is learned that the North Vietnamese doubles because of the faction’s anti-aircraft gun and the United State Army tank broadcasts the US 1960’s radio stations that is also being heard by the enemy.
Electronic Arts Mobile announced of bringing the Battlefield Bad Company 2 to iPhones by November. The developer will be offering fourteen single-player missions in five battle zones like the judges, the desert and snow. There may also be lot of First-Person shooting in it, as it is expected.
Gamers can also make use of vehicles in the game such as the tanks and helicopters. EA Mobile promises a “console-level storyline” on the iPhone platform.
BBC2 will also be bringing one of the highlights of its franchise on any platform that the gamers want to play. It will be featuring complete online multiplayer mode.
Other updates were not given in the announcement, but gamers expect it to be really exciting. The price was also not disclosed.
So, get ready for it next month.
The Battlefield: Bad Company 2 can be seen in the Vietnam conflict of the 60’s. DICE is coming up with a digital expansion of the game with more intensity, action and addictive gameplay.
The new expansion pack contains four new multiplayer maps that is based on the Vietnam War. Each of the maps of this pack will give new gameplay experience to gamers with elements like the tunnels, foxholes and the dense jungles from where surprise attacks can be seen from the enemies.
All the four modes of BBC2 will be playable in the Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam, including the genre-defining Conquest Mode. The expansion of the game is also integrated with the full game persistence.
There is also all new voice overs created by the audio team of DICE for both sides of the conflict. There are also authentic dialogue in the game from the Vietnam war. More to this, there are rocking soundtrack.