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EA has been using Autolog in its racing games since Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit - developed by Criterion with assistance from DICE - was released last year. Will DICE be adding similar features to Battlefield 3?

Speaking to, executive producer Patrick Bach teased that "without going into details with what we're doing with Battlefield 3, we are looking into ways of creating more social interaction with the people on your friends list and in the world. So you get the same feeling, the same emotion that you'll get from Autolog."

Bach also explained how Autolog, in its current iteration, wouldn't work in a FPS.

"Autolog is a very clever feature based on a few factors," he said, "but it's also based on that you can go in and beat a person on the same kind of foundation. You set the time on a track with a car that gets sent over me, that's now my challenge - can I beat you on that track with that car? In a first person shooter that's not how you actually how you play the game. If you shot ten guys, and that's sent over to me, do I then go into another game and shoot ten guys? There's obvious difficulties in translating that directly."

Battlefield has been using social-like features for a while now, such as collecting dog tags from enemies you melee kill. "We're shaping features like that to become more attractive and more interesting," said Bach. "I think Bad Company 2 was the first game where [dog tags] actually popped out and created this mass-market appeal, and [people] got all excited about something that existed before but never popped out in the way that it did."

"I wouldn't be surprised if you see something similar in Battlefield 3," Bach added.

For more on Battlefield 3 check out our impressions of a recent demo.

Battlefield 3 is due for release on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 in November.

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87Sarah's Avatar


It's already like that on COD, but you have to actually click on their combat record to get to them instead of, like Shift, having it at the opening of every track.

Seeing how many "One shot, one kill"s or "Kill streaks" my friends have got has never made me want to push further on COD though. (Maybe because I don't see many friend's stats that are better than mine :lick: ) Even the times that I have seen a stat higher than mine it doesn't really give me the urge to try and better it.

Maybe that's just FPS for me.
Posted 09:46 on 09 April 2011
FantasyMeister's Avatar


I guess the other problem with making autolog work with Battlefield is that Battlefield is mainly going to be about the multiplayer and working in teams, and if you get messages like "Your friend just got 13 headshots with a sniper rifle on Map X" then a lot of people will turn up on Map X to try and beat it, despite Map X being totally unsuited to sniper rifles.

You could easily implement an autolog system that tracks more relevant information e.g. lifetime kill/death ratio, lifetime win/loss rate, basically data that's going to be useful in teamplay. These stats, just like laptimes, are tracked in most games already, autolog just rubs your nose in them by teasing your competitive spirit more visibly. Simple but brilliant. If Forza 4 doesn't have a similar system it's a massively missed opportunity.
Posted 00:08 on 09 April 2011

Neon-Soldier32@ squidman

True 'nough. I was just comparing it to Autolog was all - Which I had a quickly dimmin interest in.
Posted 22:54 on 08 April 2011
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squidman@ Neon-Soldier32

The amount of time I spend looking at how many overall kills I have in these games compared to the rest of my friends list is genuinely obscene.
Posted 22:48 on 08 April 2011


Well, I find Autolog a good concept, which is fun and engaging at first. But then, after a few hours I find it boring and the appeal has worn off.

And I don't think Dice really want that.
Posted 20:46 on 08 April 2011
LiaamDude's Avatar


i think, im the only person, who hates BattleField.
and no, im not a CoD fanboy.
i also dislike CoD.

I Find BF good for a few hours, but then i get bored.
think theres something wrong with me
Posted 19:18 on 08 April 2011

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