It would seem that my BF:1943 announcement was a bit premature; I don’t believe this is the next big game, or what would constitute “BF3.” With some new information from Gamespot, we discover that DICE is trying to deliver a “more focused” experience to console gamers with this $15, 350 MB download. There’s more destruction and they describe the gameplay as being more aligned with “Battlefield: Bad Company” than BF:1942. There will be no gun unlocks, but there will be custom kits and leveling up. Squads and commanders would be nice but seem unlikely.
The whole game is just trying to get people excited for Bad Company 2, which will be released for consoles (and PC?) later this year. That means a “true” BF3, if there ever will be one, must be even further away.
On the plus side, I’ve decided that the 24-player limit isn’t too bad, although 32 players would have been a more suitable maximum. And three maps isn’t terrible either, since I really only play two BF2 maps now anyway. Here’s a snip from the trailer that shows that Wake Island hasn’t changed much at all:
I’m a bit excited about the game, now that I have a better idea of what exactly they were trying to do. I still want BF3 though.