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Battlefield 1943 PC Delayed

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G4 recently conducted a follow-up interview with DICE's Gordon Van Dyke, producer of the World War II FPS, Battlefield 1943. Although the game was released as a downloadable title for Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network a month ago, G4 decided to check back in to see Dyke's reaction.

Based on numbers provided by Gamerankings, Battlefield 1943 has received admirable review scores (85-percent average for both platforms) and, according to Dyke, the game has seen much success with the console gamers. Unfortunately, the interview doesn't bring good news for PC gamers wanting their share of the action. If fact, Dyke made it clear that Battlefield 1943 will see a slight delay.

Why the delay? Dyke attributes the setback to the Frostbite engine, as this will be the engine's first PC title. "There are also many different and unique only challenges to the PC that has lead to us pushing the release even further to Q1 CY 2010 [early next year]," he explained. "This was a hard pill to swallow, but it was absolutely needed to ensure the features and functionality that PC players have come to expect from Battlefield on PC are not missing. Things like 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. So it was and still is the absolutely right decision, for quality sake, to not release until it is ready."

Battlefield 1943, an online multiplayer World War II first-person shooter, takes place in the Pacific Theater of Operations. The game offers three classes: Infantryman, Rifleman, and Scout, and provides only the Conquest multiplayer mode seen in previous titles.

For console gamers, Battlefield 1943 costs 1200 Microsft points on LIVE, or $14.99 on the PlayStation Network.

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    Anonymous , August 22, 2009 1:53 AM
    This is Bullsh*t!!! If it were another console you would have it out already. Death to all consoles!!!!
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    SneakySnake , August 22, 2009 1:58 AM
    I concur

    Every console gamer that has seen my gaming rig wants one. And people have the wierdest rumors about PC's. As I was starting up COD5 for a side by side test with his 360 on the same monitor he told me that PC's haven't advanced in tech since the 360 release (?? WTF ??). Upon seeing the comparison he sold his 360 and bought my old rig off of me.
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    SneakySnake , August 22, 2009 2:11 AM
    i wouldn't mind the delay either, but their excuse is BS, they put all of their time into the console versions and now their working on PC
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  • 26 Hide
    Anonymous , August 22, 2009 1:53 AM
    This is Bullsh*t!!! If it were another console you would have it out already. Death to all consoles!!!!
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    SneakySnake , August 22, 2009 1:58 AM
    I concur

    Every console gamer that has seen my gaming rig wants one. And people have the wierdest rumors about PC's. As I was starting up COD5 for a side by side test with his 360 on the same monitor he told me that PC's haven't advanced in tech since the 360 release (?? WTF ??). Upon seeing the comparison he sold his 360 and bought my old rig off of me.
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    viometrix , August 22, 2009 2:03 AM
    i dont mind a delay when you know they are working to give us the quality that we expect as pc gamers with our superior hardware....shit my video card is more powerfull than an xbox 360
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    SneakySnake , August 22, 2009 2:11 AM
    i wouldn't mind the delay either, but their excuse is BS, they put all of their time into the console versions and now their working on PC
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    NuclearShadow , August 22, 2009 2:34 AM
    I honestly don't understand the hype behind this game. Its just a remake of BF1942 for the most part but it actually contains less content and less players at a time. Sure the graphics are better and the engine is newer but I think in the end 1942 wins in gameplay.
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    fogartini , August 22, 2009 3:30 AM
    True Battlefield fans have always been on the PC, every time they release a console version its an utter failure but the faithful PC gamers still log tens of thousands of hours every week on Versions of battlefield that are close to a decade old just hoping that one day EA will grace us with a new version. Way to screw the faithful fans EA. Don't tell me they haven't had time to perfect it, they haven't had the time because they haven't made it a priority.
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    bluzman32 , August 22, 2009 3:31 AM
    I was really looking forward to playing it this september. I have a ton of good memories from bf1942.
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    trandaltrantran , August 22, 2009 5:29 AM
    WHAT!??!?! *rages on the keyboard like the german kid playing UT*
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    rambo117 , August 22, 2009 5:29 AM
    SneakySnakeI concurEvery console gamer that has seen my gaming rig wants one. And people have the wierdest rumors about PC's. As I was starting up COD5 for a side by side test with his 360 on the same monitor he told me that PC's haven't advanced in tech since the 360 release (?? WTF ??). Upon seeing the comparison he sold his 360 and bought my old rig off of me.

    same here. Got one of my friends cowering when he brought his sissy xblows 360 and saw my rig >: )

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    scooterlibby , August 22, 2009 7:47 AM
    I give up on PC gaming for now. I say this as a huge fan of PC gaming and hardware. I also do not own a console. Between the comments of Carmack and Crytek, it looks like a long, boring ride until 2012.
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    frozenlead , August 22, 2009 7:53 AM
    Only Pacific and only 32-player? I loved the BF1942 European maps and having 64 players in a game. It was insane. (unless they mean 32 per side...but that's not what I read). In fact, I don't remember any of the Pacific maps I liked except for Wake Island. I could name off ten or so European maps...what's a WWII game without a D-Day map, anyway? Who wants to go play some Omaha!
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    Anonymous , August 22, 2009 11:10 AM
    Battlefield 1942 > Battlefield 1943. There are still good servers with BF1942 and various mods(including desert combat). BF1943 is for kiddies that love to button mash their console. As an avid BF series player I loathe BF 1943 and BF heroes(Cartoon Network).
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    falchard , August 22, 2009 11:55 AM
    lol 32-players. They should be figuring out how to get 256 players not cutting it in half. The more players for a multiplayer ww2 shooter the better.
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    Regulas , August 22, 2009 1:32 PM
    let EA have their button masher kiddie console version, I don't want this sad attempt to milk the original BF1942 game. I will keep my BF2, still rocks solid.
    They are probably having problems with the "new" engine because it was probably designed for the kiddie consoles first with the PC as an afterthought now they can't get it to run properly for the PC is probably more the real truth behind the delay. Like I said I have enough shooters right now anyway, Dragon Age baby, thats where my cash is going next for some 1920 x 1200 dungeon crawling goodness.
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    ravenware , August 22, 2009 3:01 PM
    falchardlol 32-players. They should be figuring out how to get 256 players not cutting it in half. The more players for a multiplayer ww2 shooter the better.

    Agreed.

    More players, better control over hacks, better performance...graphics come in last.
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    c0r3f1ght3r , August 22, 2009 7:34 PM
    wow... ffs they should of released it for PC first... I was really wanting to play this game next month... PC gaming is really starting to die out... and forget the stupid new engine, bf2142s engine was good enough and the graphics were fine...
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    meatwad53186 , August 22, 2009 11:59 PM
    Idk about you guys, but I PC and console game (the only console games I really pick up are the exclusives or games that I can't run on my horribly outdated rig, but that problem is fixed since I'm just finishing up my new rig), and I bought 1943 about a week after it came out, and I have to say that I was very disappointed with it. They really need to scrap the Frostbite engine and start over, I can't stand that thing.
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    Anonymous , August 23, 2009 1:33 AM
    Actually the most likely reason for the delay is that BF1943 has sold surprisingly well on console, and they're afraid to release it too early for PC lest that cut into their console sales. It's a marketing decision but they cover it up with lies about technical issues.
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    Anonymous , August 23, 2009 1:57 AM
    wow 32 players and someday we will make it to the moon. 32 players? how about 128 players that should have been the next step forward not backward.
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    baracubra , August 23, 2009 8:30 AM
    NOOOOOOOOOOO! I was waiting for this soooo eagerly, I didn't want to buy the PS3 version so I could get it for the PC!!! *sob* this ruined my day!!!...Plus now I have to do HW :( 
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