This is my first post (and its long). I finally decided to join, because i think MP (all this is for PC) is going to suck unless we all do something to get the devs to do fix it.
Everyone wants something different in MP, so... lets have an editor....a big one.
My idea will take effort to do...but I'd rather see BIA come out 3 months later with a full editor than in Feb with a halfhearted or absent one.
First, select your map. The map is nothing more than a large empty area, no scripts, nothing. Just land.
Second, select number of human "captains" per team - this could be an unbalanced number. Some days i feel like shooting up my friends, other days i feel like shooting up some bots with my friends. Hell, sometimes I feel like playing me vs bot skermishes.
Third, select number of Bot captains per team, and the strength of their AI (Winters v **** from BoB). This would allow you to have an all bot squad. I know some of you may not like that idea... but this gives you the choice.
Fourth, select number of human "privates" on each captain's team. This could give rise to all human player games, with one player able to give orders to other players. I'd imagine clans would have a riot with this. You could also have mixed bot/human fireteams if one were so inclined.
Fifth, select number of Bot privates on each captain's team, along with their AI strength. Again, the size of the squads could be unbalanced, but so can skill within a squad (private Johnson is a vet, and private Jackson is a replacement).
Sixth, once all the soldiers have been assigned, you load them up with guns, grenades, and ammo. Guns ammo etc do not have to be evenly distributed. This makes it possible to create any type of map you want. You want balance, you get balance, you want to fight an almost invincible army, you get that too.
Seventh, add starting locations for each squad. Add goals for each squad (take sector 5, defend sector 3 at all costs, kill the tank, whatever). Add time limits maybe. Choose points to be awarded for each mission accomplished. Even put in a larger command structure, where the leader of the entire side can update the goals for any squad during gameplay. This would take the beauty of single player and expand so far with it! What makes Warcraft last so long? The map editor that comes WITH the game, so easy that even a 10 year old could use it, yet so indepth that you could make a map so far beyond the scope of the game you forget what you're really playing. You could even do the "Pop" thing and have deathmatches and capture the flag... or you could have deep campaign-like maps where ammo is short, the enemy is strong, and time is on their side (but you get lots of points for each accomplishment).
Last, your reality settings. For example: No crosshairs, bleeding your health over time, any server-side mods you want to include. Gore settings (from none, to realistic puffs and holes, to some sort of setting you'd expect to see in a Rob Zombie movie). Most of these settings have been discussed, recently how many guns you're allowed to carry. I think there should be as many options as possible.
I can't see BIA's MP doing well without these options (or at least, doing well on PC as it stands now). Battlefield had bots, but they were dumb as hell. COD had no bots, so if one of my friends and i wanted to play, it was 1v1. But this game has smart bots that can think for themselves. If the devs are being honest about the AI's power and the non-linearity of SP, then none of these scenarios should be a problem.
I'm a bio engineer. I study non-linear systems and the emergence of behavior from said systems. When I hear "situational AI", i think of many simple soldiers acting on local information, and together as a team are able to behave in an incredibly complex and adaptive way. When I hear about multiplayer that seems scripted, I see possibilities being thrown out the window.
If I were a dev, I would be jumping up and down for this addition. I would be standing on the desks of marketing, upper management, whoever....I want this to be THE game. I dont want this to be some other WW2 game that was shiny for its time, but will be laughed at a month after release.
Lets all rally together as the customer and demand these options! This game has everything it needs to be the best WW2 game thus far, but with these options for MP, I believe that BIA would become the best game ever!