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Big Download's News Bits & Bytes - February 3

We cannot tell you how disappointed we are about Digital Illusions' decision to cancel the promised PC port of Battlefield 1943. Is it ultimately a minor occurrence in the overall scheme of things? Sure. Will we still want to buy and play Battlefield 3? Of course. But it once again shows that for the most part publisher EA treats the PC as a second class citizen when it comes to multi-platform games.

Battlefield 1943 PC port officially cancelled

Battlefield 1943 for the PC has finally been officially cancelled after PC gamers have spent nearly two years waiting for the promised port of the multiplayer shooter. In a post on the Battlefield blog Karl Magnus Troedsson, the general manager of the game's developer Digital Illusions, stated, "I often need to make hard calls regarding where we put the studio's focus. Part of the challenge is to balance work on the new against the already shipped, prioritizing the amount of energy spent on the known franchises and the time spent on developing something entirely new."

Troedsson stated that while they will continue to support its previously released games such as 2010's Battlefield Bad Company 2, he added that DICE had made the decision to move forward with development of its next game Battlefield 3. He stated, "Our goal is crystal clear: we're going to build the best Battlefield game ever, and we'll do whatever it takes to make this the biggest launch in DICE's history." Therefore the decision was made to cancel development of Battlefield 1943's PC port along with a PC version of Battlefield Bad Company 2's Onslaught mode. Troedsson states, "Instead, our talented teams will focus on delivering the greatest possible gaming experience in our next behemoth release. We're confident this will lead to an even better experience in Battlefield 3, not only on PC, but on all platforms."

Battlefield 1943, basically a graphical remake of some of the maps and content of DICE's first game in the series, Battlefield 1942, was released back in July 2009 for the Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles via download. The game went on to become a huge sales hit for the developer and its publisher Electronic Arts. DICE promised a number of times in the that a PC version would be released, stating at one point that the delay was to give PC players more features such as DirectX 10 graphics support, 32 player support in multiplayer and more. As recently as last November a DICE team member said the PC version was still in development.

Feature: Big Download's 2010 PC Game Vaporware Awards

Every year we are surprised by the number of games that manage to be released. But there are always PC game titles that are announced and then pretty much disappear from view. These are the games that Big Download puts the label "Vaporware" On. Unlike other such web sites, we consider vaporware to be any PC game that was announced, lots of time with much hype, only to go into a cave with little to no info revealed about the game at all.

That's why you won't see games like Diablo III or even Duke Nukem Forever on this list. Yes, they are taking a long time to be completed but at least the development teams behind them have shown the game off in playable form in the past year and it looks like they may actually be released. But that's not the case with most of the games on our new 2010 PC game vaporware list. While they may all finally come out of their shell, we have no idea when that will be at this point.

So which games made our top 10 list this year? Check after the jump to find out for yourself. Just be careful: It's dark in there.

Battlefield 1943 PC update: "We are obviously working on the PC platform"

It's now been well over a year since the release of Battlefield 1943 for the console platforms but the long promised PC version of Digital Illusions' downloadable multiplayer shooter has yet to materialize. In a new chat at Eurogamer, the head of shooter and racing games at Electronic Arts, Patrick Soderlund is once again saying the game is still under development.

He states, "We are obviously working on the PC platform and we'll be ready to talk about that shortly. You should see information around the PC platform in the not too distant future." Of course we have gotten the same message from EA PR reps for the past several months on this game so the "not too distant future" statement should be taken with a big grain of salt.

Battlefield 1943: Still not released for PC

The long, long promised PC release of Battlefield 1943 is still MIA and now people who ask for refunds for their long standing pre-orders for the downloadable multiplayer shooter are having them granted, according to a report on the Examiner web site. VG247.com got a statement from publisher Electronic Arts who said, "All pre-orders can be canceled with refund at anytime and we do not have any further information at this time about a release date for the PC version of Battlefield 1943."

Battlefield 1943 was released well over a year ago for the consoles but got delayed for the PC. Officially the delays were for developer Digital Illusions to make changes to the game that were specific for the PC such as 32 player support. You may remember that the last time Big Download asked EA about the status of Battlefield 1943 for the PC we were told there would be news about its release "shortly." That was in late March. We have emailed EA's PR reps for the game yet again to get some kind of new status report.

EA: Battlefield 1943 PC news coming "shortly"

With Battlefield Bad Company 2 now out, many PC games have been wondering what in the wide, wide, world of sports has happened to the development of the PC port of Battlefield 1943. The PC port of the console downloadable WWII themed multiplayer shooter from developer Digital Illusions has suffered through a a couple of delays since it was announced (the Xbox 360 and PS3 ports were released back in June 2009 and were huge sales hits for EA).

The PC version was first supposed to be out in September 2009, well before Battlefield Bad Company 2's release, because the developer wanted to put in additional features to the PC port. Then the developer announced the game was being pushed back to the first quarter of 2010. Again the excuse given was that the developer wanted to put in more features such as 32 player multiplayer support.

Since that announcement DICE has been completely quiet about the status of the PC port with posts on the game's official message boards asking for updates going unheeded by the developer. Big Download contacted' EA's PR contact for the game today to get an update. However the PR rep would only tell us that news about the PC port of Battlefield 1943 would be coming "shortly". However, with the end of of the first quarter of 2010 coming shortly EA will have to hustle to make that current deadline for the release of the game.

Battlefield 3 "will blow people away" says former CEO of DICE

In June of 2009, an executive at Electronic Arts confirmed that Digital Illusions was indeed working on Battlefield 3 and that it was "a product that is looking very good." Now comes word from another source that the next game in the multiplayer shooter series is not only looking good, but that "it's going to absolutely blow everyone away."

Those words come from former DICE CEO Fredrik Liliegren, who left the developer in 2006 to help form a browser-based PC development studio called Antic Entertainment. However, in a chat with Gaming Union, he states that he still knows what DICE has planned for Battlefield 3, saying, " I can't tell you what it is, but it will blow people away." Strong words, especially from a source that hasn't been a part of DICE for over three years.

[Via VG247.com]

ESRB reveals WWII missions in Battlefield Bad Company 2

The Battlefield series of first person shooters began with Battlefield 1942 and now it looks like the latest game in the series, Battlefield Bad Company 2, will return players to that conflict briefly in single player mode. According to a content listing for the game on the ESRB ratings web site, "players conduct missions on an unnamed Japanese island during World War II" before entering the game's modern day era.

Of course the big question is, "What's the connection between the WWII intro missions and the modern day campaign?" A bigger question for PC owners is, "When are we getting our promised port of Battlefield 1943?" The downloadable game was supposed to be out by the end of this quarter but there's been no updates on that game's progress for the last few months by developer Digital Illusions.

[Via Blue's News]

Battlefield 1943/Bad Company 2 system specs revealed


Digital Illusions may have upset players of Battlefield Heroes recently with their pricing "upgrade" but fans of their other Battlefield games are happy that they will still support dedicated servers for their upcoming shooters Battlefield 1943 and Battlefield Bad Company 2.

Today the game's official web site revealed the system specs for both games. Since both use the developer's new Frostbite graphics engine the only difference is in hard drive space. You can check out the system specs after the jump. Battlefield 1943 is due for a downloadable release in the first quarter of 2010 while Battlefield Bad Company 2 is scheduled to ship to stores on March 2.

Pre-orders begin for PC port of Battlefield 1943


Xbox 360 and PS3 owners have had the privilege of being able to purchase, download and play Battlefield 1943 since last July. Now PC gamers can put down money to pre-order the long delayed PC port of the multiplayer shooter from developer Digital Illusions and publisher Electronic Arts.

The EA Store web site is now taking pre-orders for the game which has a $14.99 price tag. That's in line with what the console versions currently cost to download. After scheduling a September release for the PC port, EA decided to push the PC version back to the first quarter of 2010. At the time the producer of the game stated the delay was necessary to put in PC specific features such as "support for DirectX 9 and 10, higher player count (up to 32-player matches), wide peripheral support i.e. Joysticks for flying, VoIP, and ranked server provider hosting."
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