After a week of announcements and demonstrations for Battlefield 3, executive producer Patrick Bach has also confirmed that Battlefield 3 will have dedicated servers.
He also went on to give a little insight into the multiplayer, revealing that there will be a four class system and a four person squad mechanic similar to that of Battlefield: Bad Company 2. No specifics were mentioned though.
"Squads are really easy to set up, but how can you take that further? We have some really cool things that we'll show later when it comes to dictating how you play with friends," said Bach.
The mod tools in Battlefield 3 will not reflect on earlier Battlefield titles, due to DICE using the new Frostbite 2 engine this time around. "We will not deliver mod tools in the way that we delivered them for Battlefield 2," continued Bach. "Creating mod tools today -- dumbing them down -- takes a lot of energy and what we are discussing more every day is, 'Where do we put our focus?' Right now our focus is to create the best possible multiplayer, single-player, and co-op game -- the core game of Battlefield 3. We're still discussing how we handle modifications of any kind,"
Bach went on to conclude that DICE are putting a greater commitment into the PC version of the game. "We won't make it for console and port it to PC -- that's not how we do things. We're focusing on PC first, and then we fiddle with it to fit it onto consoles," Bach concluded.
Battlefield 3 is expected to come out during the 3rd quarter of 2011 on PC, PS3 and 360.