DICE Product Manager Tommy Rydling has unveiled some of the finer details on Battlefield 3's co-op mode which he describes as the "perfect blend" between the game's single and multiplayer modes.
"Co-op is designed to be the perfect blend between the strong narrative from single player and the open-ended action from multiplayer. We are fusing the replayability of multiplayer with a pick up and play mentality to create a totally new flavour of Battlefield.
"Co-op follows the same philosophy as our award-winning multiplayer game mechanics. Teamwork is practically never forced upon you, but working together will make things much easier and "” more importantly "” lead to victory."
Rydling explains that co-op missions are designed to be mostly "asymmetric," where either player will have their own individual roles to play, using the example of one disarming an explosive while the other defends the parameter, or one pilots a helicopter while the other mans the weapons system.
"There are also other mechanics requiring teamwork, such as spotting enemies to make large firefights easier, or the essential concept of reviving one another to avoid ending up at the game over screen."
Co-op missions are set in the same world as the single player campaign, although Rydling notes that it's been deliberately designed so that players won't take on the roles of soldiers tied to any one particular branch of the Armed Forces, allowing for a "vast variety" of gameplay.
Players will be able to aid each other should one fall with the Man Down mechanic. Fallen soldiers can still defend themselves with a secondary weapon and crawl to safety while their buddies help them get back to fighting shape. In addition, weapons and gear unlocked in co-op can be brought over to multiplayer. Co-op will also be tied in with Battelog, the new social hub for Battlefield 3.
"You fight together. You die together. And you score together. After having cleared a co-op mission with your friend, your total combined score will be displayed via Battlelog, our suite of free social features that connect all Battlefield 3 players.
Clearing the co-op missions not only gives you scores and bragging rights "“ it also has benefits for your multiplayer career. There are a number of weapons that you can unlock in co-op and take with you to the regular multiplayer modes. These unlocks are based on your combined scores accumulated throughout the co-op campaign."
Rydling adds: "Difficulty is high. We are definitely going for a tough challenge in all missions. Also, since competitive players will likely try each mission several times, all of the co-op missions contain randomized elements to keep every playthrough fresh."
Battlefield 3 is out October 25 on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. An open beta is currently scheduled to launch in September.
Source: EU PlayStation Blog