Battlefield 4 head dismisses motion control as a ‘gimmick’


Motion control is a ‘gimmick’ that won’t be implemented in Battlefield 4 because it adds nothing to the game, DICE executive producer Patrick Bach has said.

Bach also suggested that other companies have been “throwing money” at the studio to implement motion control in its games, but it has resisted.

Motion control is expected to play a large role in PlayStation 4’s next-gen offering through the use of DualShock 4 and PS Eye, and Microsoft’s next Xbox is expected to ship with a new, improved Kinect camera. But it’s not part of DICE’s plans with its next-gen shooter, says Bach. “We are not interested in things that don’t make the game better,” he told us. “There are a lot of gimmicks – people throwing money at us – ‘can you implement support for this quirky control thing’. No, it doesn’t make the game better.”

“We are extremely open to innovation, but if it’s a gimmick, there’s no point unless it adds value to the player. Touch screens used to be a gimmick, because no-one could get it to work until iPhone came out and used it right. It adds to the experience, and now everyone is doing it. To us it’s the same with motion control and perceptual gaming in general; if it adds, great. If it’s a gimmick, ignore it.”

Battlefield 4 was revealed at GDC 2013 – you can watch the 17 minute reveal video and read our first impressions of the title through the links. Bach was speaking as part of a Battlefield 4 interview to be published in full later today.