"Look at these DLC sales figures, Montes."
DICE General Manager, Karl Magnus Troedsson, was on hand at GDC Europe to discuss Battlefield 3 and actually spoke at some length about mod support for Battlefield 3, something they've been pretty wary of in the past. Unfortunately, it wasn't good news for players hopeful for Battlefield 3 mod tools.
Apparently, DICE is "afraid of all the things that can come with releasing the code." Troedsson acknowledge that mod support can be instrumental in extending the lifespan of a game (we're looking at you, Counter-Strike) but expressed that when you open up the code at that level, there are many opportunities for malicious players to take advantage. This is understandable, of course, but we're not sure why the team wasn't concerned when they went all-in on mod support for previous Battlefield releases.
Many in the Battlefield community have expressed disappointment with the lack of mod support in Battlefield 3, with many going so far as to attribute the lack of support to the mountain of money that EA stands to make from DLC - something that would undoubtedly take a hit if proper mod support was introduced into the game.
At the end of the day, however, DICE is enthusiastic about mod support for future Battlefield titles, with Troedsson saying, "If we do mod support, we want to do it really, really well," sadly adding that, "we are not ready to do this yet."