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DICE Executive Producer Patrick Bach dismissed any worries that the next installment in their popular shooter would support motion control in any way. Despite attempts to persuade them otherwise by console makers. Speaking pretty candidly in an interview with Edge Online, Bach gave his honest opinions on why Battlefield 4 won't and shouldn't use motion control.
We are not interested in things that don't make the game better... There are a lot of gimmicks — people throwing money at us — ‘can you implement support for this quirky control thing'. No, it doesn't make the game better.
Touch screens used to be a gimmick, because no-one could get it to work until iPhone came out and used it right. It adds to the experience, and now everyone is doing it. To us it's the same with motion control and perceptual gaming in general; if it adds, great. If it's a gimmick, ignore it.
OK, first I'll start out with the positive side to this. It is very reassuring to read that one of the heads at a studio can point out the things most people have been saying about motion control from the beginning. This means that maybe not all hope is lost that we won't be forced to interact with motion control in some form or fashion on the next generation of consoles. Most people would be fine with motion control if studios had ever actually figured out a way to add to the experience rather than something that requires you to wave your hand every now and then before it gets too annoying and you disable the feature. Yet with the touch bar being directly implemented onto the PS4 controller and rumors that Microsoft's next console will have a Kinect built into it the number of games not using motion control will most likely dwindle in the next generation. Especially if what Bach is saying is true and MS and Sony are offering funding to studios if they add some form of motion control to their games.
Now for the negative side (or cynical however you interpret it). Bach chastising motion control support is nice to hear and may incite gamers to rally their support for DICE, but isn't this Battlefield we're talking about? The game that champions in game purchasing, day one DLC, and online passes? Not just in game purchasing, but a clear example of 'pay to win.' For those not familiar, Battlefield 3 has a function that allows you to pay $60 (on top of your purchase of the game) to unlock every single gun and weapon attachment rather than playing the game to unlock them. All I'm saying is it's kind of ironic to hear someone talk about gimmicks when the game they work on has some of the worst gimmicks on the market today.
How do you feel about motion control? Are you glad or peeved about Bach's comments? Does this affect your future purchase of Battlefield 4? Let the hate flow through you in the comments below.