DICE has possibly been the most famous name in FPS throughout the years. They jumped onto the scene many years ago with the release of arcade shooter Battle Field 1942. This games immense success due mainly to its great game play and its innovation in the genre of shooters lead to Battlefield 2. Battlefield 2 remains today, arguably, the most popular FPS ever. With its amazing vehicle design, and fantastic game play, battlefield 2 launched DICE to the top of the gaming world.
They had us eating out of their hands, this was when something went wrong. In an attempt to continue their success they released battlefield 2142. Despite its interesting premise, 2142 was a step back in the series. DICE really didn't try to improve, nor did they improve. This release created to a hit or miss character for DICE. This was the last thing they wanted, no video game company wants to be known as inconsistent. This character would be maintained for a few years as they released a free to play game, battlefield heroes. The majority of Battlefield fans continued to play BF2.
Then came an announcement. DICE would be releasing a whole new game, with a whole new engine! Bad Company. The new engine added several innovations in the gaming world. The most important of these innovations, Destructibility. But was this innovation enough to continue DICE as a company and market leader? Well, yes and no. On one hand DICE emerged as an industry leader in modern game engines. But on the other hand, many Battlefield fans were disappointed with the new product. Their classic battlefield just wasn't there, it was a truly new game. The release of bad company 2 only strengthened the distaste for some fans. But there was also a new set of fans. The fans who jumped on this bad company. DICE now has a split market. The new and the old to please. This creates an interesting predicament which DICE must solve. How to make battlefield 3 good for both crowds.
Medal of Honor was an outside effort which has created another controversy. Can games go to far into realism? Some love medal of honor, myself included. Others can't stand its realistic atmosphere. This is another problem for DICE to resolved. But it will all come out with Battle field 3.
With all these factors considered. I Don't hesitate to say that Battlefield 3 is rolling the Dice, I sure hope, with some luck, it will land right side up.