Kotick doubts Battlefield 3 console credentials

Kotick doubts Battlefield 3 console credentials

By Rob Crossley

June 8th 2011 at 11:27AM

E3 2011: 'We have only seen a PC version of DICE project', Activision boss says

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has cast doubts over recent video demonstrations of rival project Battlefield 3.

The publishing exec was cautious not to join in on the widespread acclaim for the Modern Warfare 3 rival – particularly due to its graphical sophistication – and believes questions still hang over how the game will perform on consoles.

“So far I’ve only seen Battlefield 3 on a PC, I haven’t seen it on a console where the bulk of our business is,” he told CNBC.

“If it’s just a PC title, as it looks like today, that’s just a small audience to participate,” he added.

Kotick was responding to comments from EA CEO John Riccitiello, who apparently claimed that Battlefield 3 would outsell the third Modern Warfare title.

“We’re always interested to see what our competitors are doing,” Kotick added.

Battlefield 3, developed at Swedish studio DICE, is being built for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

EA’s game is due October 25th in the UK, while Activision will release Modern Warfare 3 just two weeks later, on November 8th.

CNBC’s video interview with Bobby Kotick can be found below.