Battlefield 1943, Bad Company 2 Onslaught cancelled for PC

By Matthew ยท 33 replies
Feb 3, 2011
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  1. Break out the tissues. DICE has just announced the cancellation of two anticipated PC projects: Battlefield 1943 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Onslaught. The former is a complete game that launched on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in July 2009, while the latter is a new game mode for Bad Company 2 released as downloadable content for consoles in June 2010.

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,720   +860

    Wow...that's actually quite a shocker. I saw both of those games on a number of "2011 most anticipated" games listings.

    Wonder what caused DICE to drop them? They had to be extremely deep into development as is.....
  3. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Shitstorm incoming. PC gamers are NOT going to be happy. If us PC gamers didn't support 1942 there would be no BC2 or 1943.
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    And then some.

    I bet this one gets reversed.
  5. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    Why?! Ugh... this kind of news is always a bummer.
  6. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    I really thought Dice and Crytek had some ability to see past profits. Apparently they don't. As much as I dislike how valve uses an engine that should have been killed off in 2005 they're the only devs who care for PC gamers.
  7. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Ahaha. I just saw a thread posted a thread "somewhere". I have a feeling Dice might be affected by some sort of cannon that shoots ions from low orbit.

    *wink wink*
  8. mccartercar

    mccartercar TS Booster Posts: 140   +26

    Oh Golly,
    I just cant wait to see what I'll be missing out on by buying the PC version of BF3.

    Ok, so I was midly excited for BF'43 PC but I didn't even know about onslaught for bf:bc2, so this doesn't really upset me. What does upset me as a PC gamer is this current trend, but it's no surprise at this point.
  9. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    The PC is like the first wife of an actor who finally made it big. Now that he's successful, he doesn't need the first wife that supported him while he was going to auditions, now he can move on to a "better" wife, leaving the old one in the dust.
  10. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Wow. That's actually kind of deep.
  11. BF1942 & BF Vietnam were two of my favorite PC games.

    I still occasionally listen to the BF Vietnam soundtrack.

    Today I am a sad camper.
  12. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,829   +634

    If this mean Battlefield 3 is better, and not delayed than I have zero complaints. At least DICE isn't one of those companies that releases a new game EVERY year that has little improvement over the previous year but everyone buys for some reason, I think we all know what I'm referring to...

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,258   +455

    Hmm, i'm not that bothered... BC2 is okay but i'm really gearing up for the successor to BF2. I think putting more manpower toward BF3 instead is a good move. Not everyone may agree, but I don't really want anymore BC games, I want the classic BF2 play style back.

    All I can say about BF3 though is... DICE, take your time, listen to your community, give us (multiple) beta's to try it out, and then respond to our feedback with changes to a follow-up beta. Obviously i'm not expecting the beta thing but it would be cool and would rally up a large amount of your PC gamers. I don't know about the rest of you but i'm tired of rushed releases. I'm willing to wait for a good product.

    While BC2 isn't my favorite, there were plenty of things I liked. The graphics are quite good, the sound effects are excellent, and a lot of gameplay elements are fun... but lots of little things bring it down in comparison to how BF2 worked in my opinion. I just hope BF3 is actually very similar to BF3, just bigger, newer, and better. I'm pretty sure a good portion of the PC gaming community feels the same way when reading the official BF3 forums.

    Oh and release an official demo at the same time, or before the full game releases. Without a demo, many people simply wont buy a game until they can see it first hand which really hurts your initial sales figures. And we all know that is your most important aspect of any game, is initial sales figures. Well, at least for the distributor it is, not sure about the developers.
  14. ruben1992

    ruben1992 TS Rookie Posts: 32

    Surely it wouldn't take that much time to port something that is already finished over to PC?
  15. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    Losing a BF console port and BFBC2 DLC in exchange for a cutting-edge BF sequel sounds reasonable to me. Every developer has to make optimal use of scarce resources. My only appeal to DICE is : live up to your hype and give us the best Battlefield game that you can make.
  16. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,340   +1,438

    Looks like I'm not buying anymore Dice games...The only ones left are Valve, Bethesda, Crytec, and 2K. I was going to pick up Vietnam sometime in the near future, but that isn't happening now. eff you dice, I own BF1, BF2, 2142, BFBC 1&2. I'm not into gaming anymore so it's easy for me to stop supporting a developer who doesn't give a rats a** about me. I don't pay ludicrous amounts of money for a PC only to have developers say, "too bad." I think that after Crysis 2 and Elder Scrolls V I'm done with gaming. I'm getting too old for this crap anyway.
  17. @yRaz, There is always Crysis 3 and Elder Scrolls VI, etc.

    @ the article, This news is saddening. I was actually looking forward for the Onslaught DLC. It would have been fun to play against bots with a squad of friends, kinda like L4D meets (insert any generic modern military shooter). It is hard to believe it would be so difficult to port a DLC of a released multi-platform game to the PC given that they have already done a DLC port already (BC2 Vietnam).

    They must likely did a cost-benefit analysis and decided PC would not bring much in sales given that they were already so late. I do believe that they will use the freed assets to focus on BF3, but that doesn't mean they the freed up assets will work on the PC aspect of it. For all we know, the freed up people could have been put to improve the console version and possibly start working on a console exclusive DLC for BF3. Just some thoughts and speculation.
  18. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    I don't care (anymore).

    Have you seen GI's cover of Battlefield 3? I've never pre-ordered a game, as I usually buy them after I actually play them (no, no gameplay videos), but this one? Ha! This one I might even buy a second copy as a thank you to the devs. They say that the Frostbite 2.0 engine that powers BF3 is incredibly amazing. BFBC2 is powered by Frostbite 1.0, and look how good that game looks and plays (especially Destruction 2.0, which is presumably to be 3.0 in BF3).

    If the multiplayer and general gameplay is as good as BFBC2, I'll buy it. Onslaught would have been nice, of course, but BF3 is so around the corner, that BFBC2 Vietnam can hold me off a couple of months. Besides, many other great games worth buying are coming out, such as the very Crysis 2.

    It's all good DICE, we forgive you. :)
  19. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    I'm not too surprised by the cancellation of 1943, considering its constant delays. And the Onslaught mode for BF:BC2 being canned as well is a bit sad as I really wanted to give it a try. But if this will better BF3 I'm alright with it, DICE better deliver now however considering what a big franchise this is for PC gamers on the multiplayer front. Guess we'll see tomorrow and in the coming weeks what BF3 will be bringing to the table :) .
  20. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TS Guru Posts: 367   +46

    Well that sucks, I play BC2 regularly. Oh well, once BF3 comes BC2 will be collecting virtual dust.
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,037   +2,558

    Yeah,so deep I think there's a movie called the, "First Wives Club"!

    Ooo look, there is;
  22. Thats okay, please just make Battlefield 3 awsome then!
  23. ok i guess i'm confused....there cancelling bf3 and bc2 onslought, to work on bf3??? i guess i'm missing somhing...
  24. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    No, they are canceling Battlefield 1943 (digital game only) and Onslaught DLC Mode for BF:BC2 to work exclusively on Battlefield 3. Both were developed a while a go, just DICE never got around to porting them over.

    And with this Battlefield 3 news, I don't think most fans will miss them especially with DICE focusing on exclusive stuff for PCers to make a true sequel to BF2. Hope they have Onslaught built right into BF3 this time around.
  25. ElShotte

    ElShotte TS Booster Posts: 163

    I guess that's good news. In my opinion, what will make or break BF3 is the support or lack thereof 64 player combat. Im sorry but what made BF2 epic were 64 player battles. I hate playing the newly released super huge maps with 32 players in BC2, theyre just no fun.

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