Battlefield 3 dev: "we are not going to make any modding tools"

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DICE exec Patrick Söderlund has told told German mag GameStar that there are currently no plans to add modding tools to Battlefield 3, saying that the power of the Frostbite 2 engine makes it tough to tweak.

"As of now, we are not going to make any modding tools," said Söderlund. "If you look at the Frostbite engine, and how complex it is, it's going to be very difficult for people to mod the game, because of the nature of the set up of levels, of the destruction and all those things… it's quite tricky. So we think it's going to be too big of a challenge for people to make a mod."

Sad news for sure, though no doubt modders out there will see Söderlund's statement as a challenge more than anything. GTA IV has no official mod tools, but that hasn't stopped fans from making impressive additions . Battlefield 3 is due out on October 25 this year. For a glimpse of what the Frostbite 2 engine can do, check out the E3 footage of an enormous tank battle.

Tom Senior

Part of the UK team, Tom was with PC Gamer at the very beginning of the website's launch—first as a news writer, and then as online editor until his departure in 2020. His specialties are strategy games, action RPGs, hack ‘n slash games, digital card games… basically anything that he can fit on a hard drive. His final boss form is Deckard Cain.