Can BF3 Frostbite2 Really Simulate Earthquakes in Multiplayer ?
Battlefield 3 developer DICE says they’re “looking into it”. After seeing all those fancy BF3 trailer videos featuring earthquakes knocking over buildings and ripping rifts through the asphalt and roads, I think it’s safe to say everyone’s been thinking the same thing, how cool would it be if that could actually happen in real time in multiplayer with your fellow brothers in arms experiencing it with you? While I’m not aware of any “earthquake simulator” games out there yet, although I’m sure the guys who brought us street cleaning simulator are hard at work on it (not), BF3 and its supposed revolutionary Frostbite 2 engine may be the first to realistically try it. Let me emphasize the MAY BE part.
During an interview with with PSM3 magazine, lead multiplayer designer Lars Gustavsson said that the ambient desctruction modes witnessed in single player are apparently “technically possible” in multiplayer games.
“We’re still looking into ambient destruction in multi-player; it’s still too early to say really. It’s technically possible to have earthquakes in multi-player using Frostbite 2. We feel like kids walking into sweet shops with Frostbite – it has so many features we never knew we needed, and we’re still figuring out how best to use them. It’s just the start for this engine. So far, the only limit to the things we can do with it are our own creative restraints.” Although he went on to add that DICE wanted to stick to the fundamentals of the previous Battlefield games with BF3 and that there was “no urge to innovate for the sake of innovation.”
While it is clear DICE may potentially be going a tad over board on how revolutionary and “too complex” the Frostbite2 engine is for anyone but them to know, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and see what they can do. Let’s just hope the claims of multiplayer earthquakes aren’t just a bunch of marketing and that they can really deliver on this type of thing, because it goes without saying, if it works anything like we’ve seen in their demo trailers to date, it would likely be pretty awesome to experience that in an online situation.