Battlefield 3 officially announced

Beta access in MoH Limited Edition.

EA has announced Battlefield 3, developed by DICE.

Little is known about the game. The peculiar announcement came in a blog post that revealed beta access to the upcoming shooter will be included in the Limited Edition of Afghanistan FPS Medal of Honor.

According to EA, if you own the Medal of Honor Limited Edition you will receive an invitation to the Battlefield 3 beta "within 12 months following the release of Medal of Honor".

Medal of Honor is due out on 15th October in the UK.

A release date and platforms for Battlefield 3 have yet to be announced. However, we can assume that it will be released on at least the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 because beta access is available from all three versions of Medal of Honor.

In February former DICE chief executive and studio manager of DICE Canada, Fredrik Liliegren, confirmed that Battlefield 3 had been in development at the Swedish studio for the past three years.

"What the PC version is going to be, Battlefield 3, I think it's going to absolutely blow everyone away, but I can't tell you what it is, but it will blow people away... because it's not Modern Warfare 2 PC, it's not that experience," he said.

And in June 2009 EA COO John Pleasants, speaking at an investor conference, said, "I've had the luxury of looking at Battlefield 3 over at DICE in Sweden... Of course, that's not in the [current] fiscal year, but that is a product that is looking very good."

The announcement overshadowed the contents of Medal of Honor Limited Edition.

The PS3 version includes Medal of Honor Frontline, remastered in HD. World War II shooter and fourth Medal of Honor game Frontline managed a 10/10 from Eurogamer back in 2002.

All versions of the Limited Edition contain weapon and camouflage bonus items designed to "give players a tactical gameplay advantage on day one".

One is the MP-7, a weapon utilized by real-world Tier 1 Operators in the field, apparently.

It has a light weight, high rate of fire and can penetrate body armour. It handles like a pistol yet allows targets to be engaged like a rifle. Boom.

The Limited Edition also includes two powerful shotguns with custom slugs. As with all videogame shotguns, they're ideal for close-range fights.

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