Senior Gameplay Designer, Alan Kertz, defends his decision to give bolt-action rifles the ability to one-hit-kill in the chest at close range and reveals what balance issues he’s considered.
First, Kertz clarified the range at wich this new change will be effective when a fan asked if the upper chest 1-shot kill will be the same as the 870′s 1-shot slug kill range. He replied, “indeed the range is the same.” Kertz believes this change should help keep all weapons balanced since, at the moment, Battlefield 3 “is faster up close. All other guns are deadlier since BC2 except snipers,” according to Kertz. To keep thing in perspective, he added that bolt-actions also have ”abysmal hip accuracy, horrifically low fire rate, and the requirement to hit a small target. I’ve just made it bigger.” This seems like a fair adjustment, but nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how the community responds to it once the change has taken place.
Recently, Kertz compiled a list of bolt-action rifle and other future updates which went into detail regarding changes to vehicles and the balance between them, on top of outlining more reasons for the change to bolt-action rifles. Regarding this list, Kertz would like to say “thanks to the Community for some great feedback.” He added that “the next update should have much improved Jet vs Heli vs Ground balance,” something we can all look forward to since vehicle warfare is a huge component to the Battlefield 3 experience.
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