Activision boss Bobby Kotick thinks Battlefield 3 looks pretty good for a PC title but seems to have some doubts that it will be able to run with the big boys on consoles.
Battlefield 3 has been getting a lot of very positive preview press as its release later this year grows ever closer and Electronic Arts has made no secret of the fact that it’s aiming for a head-to-head showdown between the DICE-developed military shooter and Activision’s upcoming Modern Warfare 3. But there’s one guy out there who’s determined to be a wet blanket and of course it’s Activision CEO Bobby Kotick, who made a point of expressing reservations about the game’s console cred.
“So far I’ve only seen Battlefield 3 on a PC, I haven’t seen it on a console where the bulk of our business is,” he told CNBC. “If it’s just a PC title, as it looks like today, that’s just a small audience to participate.”
“Modern Warfare 3 is the result of an enormous amount of audience research and it is what our tens of millions of players are saying they’d like to see in their next action experience,” he added.
Kotick knows perfectly well that Battlefield 3 is not just a PC title but you can’t really blame him for throwing a little cold water on the BF3 love-in. As a respectful and respectable CEO of the biggest videogame company on the planet he can’t just come out and say that MW3 is going to stomp BF3’s guts out, but a gentle zing, a nudge toward doubt, a little spear behind the play? That’s just life in the big leagues, kiddo.
Battlefield 3 comes out on October 25 while Modern Warfare 3 hits on November 8, both for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.