No split-screen co-op for Battlefield 3

"You have to be online," says DICE.

There won't be split-screen co-op in Battlefield 3, developer DICE has confirmed.

"No, you have to be online to do it [co-op]," DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson told Gaming Lives at Gamescom 2011.

Co-op levels will be separate to the main Battlefield 3 campaign. At launch, said Troedsson, there will be six co-op levels to play. But random factors will freshen the co-op levels to add replay value.

Troedsson reckoned co-op levels take around 20 to 45 minutes each to finish - depending on level, your ability and the difficulty you're attempting.

When a co-op level is finished you'll be able to compare times and scores with friends. Points will be awarded for displays of teamwork. And it's score that Troedsson and team want to emphasize in Battlefield 3.

DICE demonstrated console co-op for the first time during the EA Gamescom 2011 press conference this week.

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