Battlefield 3 intends to be one of the most realistic depictions of modern combats, but according to GameSpot the military shooter will definitely not allow players to shoot innocent civilians. The fact that no people can be seen wandering around the various urban places featured in the game isn’t really difficult to accomplish from a technical perspective, but Electronic Arts has decided to omit their inclusion as it would let players to perform controversial actions.
In an interview with Rock Paper Shotgun, Battlefield 3 executive producer Patrick Bach said: “In a game where it’s more authentic, when you have a gun in your hand and a child in front of you what would happen? Well the player would probably shoot that child.” “If you put the player in front of a choice where they can do good things or bad things, they will do bad things, go dark side – because people think it’s cool to be naughty, they won’t be caught…” Bach said. “We would be the ones to be blamed. We have to build our experiences so we don’t put the player in experiences where they can do bad things,” the executive producer added.
Bach stated that this would be a case of self-censorship as both Electronic Arts and DICE want to limit the player’s behaviors in this regard as it could lead to many serious legal issues. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the game will be completely toned down and that Battlefield 3 will be a light and unrealistic experience. Instead they are trying to deal with this matter in the most sensible and mature way possible and though some may disagree, this seems like a correct decision.