Battlefield 3

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Battlefield 3: Aftermath review

A barney in the rubble.

Digital FoundryBattlefield 3: AMD Virgo vs. Intel HD4000 Performance Video

The new AMD platform comprehensively bests Intel's top-end integrated GPU solution.

Digital FoundryBattlefield 3: AMD Virgo vs. AMD Trinity Performance Video

DICE's epic running at its lowest settings compared across the two APU platforms.

Key events

30th October 2011

Face-Off: Battlefield 3

25th October 2011

Battlefield 3 Review

27th September 2011

Battlefield 3 beta begins today

20th September 2011

Battlefield 3 beta release date

StarCraft 2 Twitter account has a pop at Star Wars: Battlefront 2

"Number of pay-to-win mechanics in SC2..."

While EA continues to fight Star Wars: Battlefront 2 fires ahead of launch this Friday, there are others who sniff an opportunity. In this case it's rival mega-publisher Activision Blizzard, whose StarCraft 2 Twitter account had a pop at Battlefront 2 overnight.

Battlefield is going to be a TV series

Company behind True Detective involved!

Battlefield, a series famed for its multiplayer battles and not its ropey stories, will be turned into a television show. Anonymous Content, the company responsible for hit TV series True Detective, will be in charge, collaborating with Paramount and EA to make it happen.

EA launches Origin Access for PC

EA launches Origin Access for PC

15 games, £4 a month.

EA has announced - and launched - Origin Access for PC. It costs £3.99 a month.

Origin Access is a similar offering to EA Access on Xbox One. Subscribers can download games from EA's Vault, play EA's PC games for a limited time before they're released, and save 10 per cent on Origin purchases.

15 games are available now (unfortunately no Star Wars: Battlefront). EA will add more games over time, it said:

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Battlefield 3 shipped with "the worst set-ups ever"

"We should be slapped," says DICE.

DICE got the unlocks wrong in Battlefield 3, the developer has admitted. Speaking to VG247 at an event in Australia, creative director Lars Gustavsson accepted that the studio should be "slapped" for the way it stacked the deck against new players.

Imagine waking up to find that someone had turned your name into a video game Easter egg and hidden it inside one of the world's biggest shooters. Then imagine all this had happened nearly two years ago, and the internet had only just found it out after someone hacked into said game's innards.

1.92GB Xbox 360 Battlefield 3 multiplayer patch live

1.92GB Xbox 360 Battlefield 3 multiplayer patch live

"We strongly advise you download it."

A Schwarzenegger-sized Battlefield 3 multiplayer patch - 1.92GB - has appeared on Xbox Live.

Multiplayer Update 6 "contains improvements to the multiplayer portions of the game", the Xbox.com blurb reads. "We strongly advise you download it."

The patch arrives on the same day as End Game, Battlefield 3's fantastic new dirt bike-featuring DLC. (It's out for BF3 Premium members on PC and 360, just to be clear.)

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Battlefield 3: End Game review

Battlefield 3: End Game review

That's all, folks.

There's a pleasing finality to calling a DLC pack "End Game". It's been well over a year since Battlefield 3 was released, and we can now look back over five expansion packs and truly appreciate how that core game has evolved and expanded. It's a view as impressive as anything conjured up by the Frostbite 2 engine over the last 16 months.

End Game is an appropriate swansong, showcasing DICE's open warfare at its best. As always there are four new maps, but the connection between them is less obvious than in previous packs. Rather than being linked by the implied narrative of an earthquake, as in Aftermath, or by nostalgia, as in Back to Karkand, this quartet follows a broad seasonal theme.

Kiasar Railroad is the spring offering, an undulating plot of land with - as the name suggests - a railway line cutting through it. A road slices through in the other direction creating a simple but effective crossroad layout. There's a lot of gentle verticality in the terrain here, with a forest and mountain feel sloping down towards a coastal area. Capture points for Conquest take advantage of the various features dotted around, such as a waterside canoe centre, a gas station and a cargo area. Each offers plentiful cover with small building interiors for soldiers in need of a more sturdy hiding place.

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Microsoft prepping an EA partnership announcement for its next Xbox event - report

Microsoft prepping an EA partnership announcement for its next Xbox event - report

Has MS bought timed exclusivity for Battlefield 4 DLC?

EA was conspicuously absent from Sony's PlayStation 4 unveiling. Now there's speculation that it's because Microsoft has signed a new partnership deal with EA.

Before you go bananas, this is unlikely to mean games will appear on the next Xbox and not PS4. It's more likely to concern timed-exclusive DLC.

CVG got wind of the partnership from a couple of anonymous sources, but neither had any more information on what it will be.

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Battlefield 3: Aftermath review

Battlefield 3: Aftermath review

A barney in the rubble.

Most shooter map packs take a pick-and-mix approach, offering up a variety of layout types, locations and styles in order to make you feel better about handing over your money. DICE has been doing something different with Battlefield 3, however, by designing each add-on around a specific theme or gameplay style.

Back to Karkand was the retro pack, bringing popular maps of old into the new rotation. Close Quarters was a blatantly obvious two-finger salute to Call of Duty, ditching the epic scope expected from Battlefield maps and instead offering a tight, fast, headshot-centric experience. Armored Kill was all about the tanks, baby.

Aftermath is the most thematically focused yet, feeling like it should come in a cardboard box with a crinkly plastic window and the words “Tehran Earthquake Playset” emblazoned across the front. This is a collection of four maps all based around the devastating Iranian tremor that played an important role in the game's campaign mode - a bold idea, and one that is sometimes as limiting as it is inspired.

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Battlefield 3 patch addresses input lag and audio stability on PS3

DICE will this week release a patch for Battlefield 3 that should please PlayStation 3 owners.

The update, out on 27th November on consoles and no later than 4th December on PC, addresses input lag on PS3. “We now believe we have significantly improved this situation for all players,” DICE said.

Sticking with the PS3 version of the first-person shooter, the patch improves audio stability. “The audio dropouts reported by some PlayStation 3 gamers playing Battlefield 3 should now be fixed for the majority of players," DICE said.

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Counter-Strike: GO misses PlayStation Store for fourth week

Digital releases for Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 aim to scratch your multiplayer itch instead.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has failed to appear on the EU PlayStation Store once again, marking four weeks since it was supposed to launch. Xbox 360 and PC players have been able to play the game since August 21st.

DICE: People worried about Battlefield 4 announcement "for all the wrong reasons"

DICE: People worried about Battlefield 4 announcement "for all the wrong reasons"

"We are better than ever when it comes to supporting our game."

DICE reckons fans are worried about the recent Battlefield 4 announcement "for all the wrong reasons".

Last month EA quietly announced Battlefield 4 with confirmation that you'll be able to play its beta by pre-ordering Medal of Honor: Warfighter, out this year.

With the BF4 beta scheduled for autumn 2013, the game is expected to launch October/November 2013. Some Battlefield fans complained that it will be released too soon after the release of Battlefield 3 (which launched six years after Battlefield 2) and that the announcement suggests the end for Battlefield 3 support.

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Battlefield 3 Premium Edition announced, priced

Battlefield 3 Premium Edition announced, priced

Package includes premium sign-up, multiplayer welcome kit.

EA's confirmed that it's to release a Battlefield 3 Premium Edition, a bundle that packages together last year's shooter with a Premium subscription.

Due in September, the Premium Edition is also to include a multiplayer welcome kit that unlocks certain weapon kits and upgrades for newcomers to the game.

The Premium subscription costs £39.99 on its own, and EA's revealed that the Premium Edition will cost 59.99 EUR - which suggests a UK price point of £49.99.

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"It's about the fun, not the business model," says DICE

GM asks for shift in focus and defends Battlefield 3's Premium service.

DICE's GM Karl Magnus Troedsson made a plea for the industry to place the focus back on fun and away from business models in his GDC Europe keynote - and went on to defend Battlefield 3's Premium service that's caused strife for some users.

GTA 5 trailer recreated in Battlefield 3

GTA 5 trailer recreated in Battlefield 3

In a world where everyone wears camo fatigues...

A crazy person who goes by Ketegano15 on Youtube has recreated the Grand Theft Auto 5 trailer in Battlefield 3. Because the internet. That's why.

If you ever wondered what Rockstar's upcoming open-world crime drama would look like starring jittery soldiers, now you have your answer.

Below we've got the Battlefield 3 version followed by the original GTA 5 trailer, then a side-by-side comparison after that. You're welcome.

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First Battlefield 3 Aftermath details, concept art revealed

First Battlefield 3 Aftermath details, concept art revealed

4 urban maps! Damaged terrain! New game modes!

DICE has revealed the first details of Battlefield 3 Aftermath, the fourth DLC for the first-person shooter.

The add-on includes four urban maps in which players fight through damaged terrain, new game modes, achievements, dog tags and assignments.

Aftermath is set in the districts, streets and surrounding villages of a post-earthquake Tehran. DICE said it will feature vertical and horizontal urban combat, with cracks and fissures in the terrain providing cover and paths to objectives. Expect heavily modified troop transports and civilian vehicles adapted for combat.

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Explosive Battlefield 3 Armored Kill trailer offers first glimpse at gameplay

EA has released the first gameplay trailer for Battlefield 3 expansion Armored Kill, out in September 2012.

It showcases the snow-capped Alborz Mountain and the open terrain in the Bandar Desert, the largest map in Battlefield history.

Armored Kill includes four new maps, five new assignments and five new vehicle types, including ATVs, mobile artillery and tanks. There are over 20 vehicle specific unlocks, and you'll be able to spawn in the all-new gunship.

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"Exclusive" Battlefield 4 beta will not be exclusive to Medal of Honor: Warfighter

"Exclusive" Battlefield 4 beta will not be exclusive to Medal of Honor: Warfighter

DICE responds to fan concerns over release "pacing".

Entry into Battlefield 4's "exclusive" beta will not be exclusive to those who buy Medal of Honor: Warfighter, DICE has reassured.

EA made Battlefield 4 official yesterday by confirming that beta access for the game would be granted to Warfighter conscripts.

"The exclusive Battlefield 4 beta will be available in Fall 2013," EA said. "Additional details regarding Battlefield 4 will be revealed at a later date."

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EA: Origin won't copy Steam 75% off sales

EA: Origin won't copy Steam 75% off sales

"It cheapens intellectual property."

Digital sales platform Steam has a reputation for its 75 per cent sales - and many gamers love them. But for rival Origin and its maker EA, that's not the right approach.

Origin boss David DeMartini told Gamesindustry International that random deep-discounting of games "cheapens" IP, and promised not to copy the practice.

"We won't be doing that," he said, bluntly. "Obviously they think it's the right thing to do after a certain amount of time. I just think it cheapens your intellectual property.

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Battlefield Premium exclusive to PS3 for a week

Previously-leaked subscription service Battlefield Premium will be exclusive to PlayStation 3 until next week, EA has announced.

The service is available now on PlayStation Network, and arrives 12th June on PC and Xbox 360.

EA also trumpeted a new total sales figure for Battlefield 3 - 15 million units - making it one of the fastest-selling EA titles ever.

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EA publishes, pulls Battlefield 3 Premium trailer

EA publishes, pulls Battlefield 3 Premium trailer

UPDATE: DICE confirms five hour Battlelog downtime today.

UPDATE: Battlefield developer DICE has confirmed Battlelog will be down for maintenance today for five hours as it prepares for the launch of Battlefield 3 Premium and the Close Quarters expansion.

The downtime is as follows:

7- 12 PDT.

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Massive Battlefield 3 patch dated and detailed

Massive Battlefield 3 patch dated and detailed

M26 fixed, suppression dialed back, colourblind support added.

A hefty new title update for Battlefield 3 rolls out on 4th June across all formats, developer DICE has announced.

As detailed on the game's official site, the patch makes a number of oft-requested tweaks.

Among them, an overpowered M26 load-out has been rebalanced, the suppression effect has been made less obvious, colourblind support has been added and the performance of the F35 fighter jet in the Back to Karkand pack has been improved to better match the SU35.

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Sony reveals Battlefield 3 Premium release date, price

Sony reveals Battlefield 3 Premium release date, price

Out next week alongside Close Quarters DLC.

Battlefield 3 Premium launches on Monday 4th June for £39.99 / €49.99 / AU$79.95, according to Sony.

The PlayStation 3 maker listed the heavily rumoured package in its European PlayStation Store update today (since removed). It is yet to be confirmed by EA.

According to the update Battlefield Premium launches alongside the Battlefield 3 Close Quarters DLC expansion, which goes live on Monday 4th June for £11.99 / €14.99 / AU$23.95.

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FeatureBattlefield 3: the state of play

Is BF3 now finally the game it should have been at launch? DICE discusses.

With the release of the latest, gargantuan patch, some fans believe Battlefield 3 is now the game that should have launched in October 2011. Now, they believe, half a year after EA unleashed the shooter upon the gaming public, Battlefield 3's promise has finally been realised.

New Battlefield 3 patch dated for Xbox 360

New Battlefield 3 patch dated for Xbox 360

Rent-a-server feature added this week.

Xbox 360 gamers finally get the massive new Battlefield 3 patch on 3rd April.

According to the game's official blog, it will roll out between 9.00am and 1.00pm GMT.

Microsoft customers are the last to get the patch, which includes the game's new rent-a-server feature among a long list of other fixes and tweaks. The update debuted on PlayStation 3 last Tuesday before making it to PC on Thursday.

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Battlefield 3 PC patch launches tomorrow

Battlefield 3 PC patch launches tomorrow

Still no word on Xbox 360.

The gargantuan Battlefield 3 patch that launched yesterday on PlayStation 3 hits PC tomorrow, Thursday, 29th March, developer DICE has confirmed.

DICE global Battlefield community manager Daniel Matros told fans to expect maintenance from 9am to 11.30am CET as the EA-owned developer pulls the appropriate levels and pushes the big red buttons before launch.

However, there is still no word on when the patch will launch for Xbox 360. The latest we have is it's "coming soon".

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Battlefield 3 patch reveals rent-a-server prices

Battlefield 3 patch reveals rent-a-server prices

Patch out now on PlayStation 3.

The gargantuan Battlefield 3 patch is available to download now for PlayStation 3 - and with it comes the ability to rent servers.

Eurogamer reader Backtrack reported the server costs: 1 day: £1.19; 7 days: £5.49; 30 days: £19.99; and 90 days: £47.99.

The rent-a-server functionality was announced at GDC. Developer DICE is implementing a soft launch - it won't reach full capacity until next week.

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Massive Battlefield 3 patch detailed and dated

Massive Battlefield 3 patch detailed and dated

Includes console "rent a server" feature.

A humungous Battlefield 3 update goes live for PlayStation 3 on 27th March, developer DICE has announced.

As revealed on the game's official site, the headline feature is the new console "rent a server" functionality announced at GDC earlier this month.

Word on a PC and Xbox 360 rollout is expected soon.

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DICE explains why new Battlefield 3 DLC has taken so long

Team needed to recover from crunch, didn't want to rush.

The delay in releasing new DLC for Battlefield 3 is due to the team needing to recharge its batteries following the grueling run-in to launching the main game, according to a member of the development team.

Battlefield 3: Close Quarters Preview: An All-Encompassing Expansion

When DICE announced at its recent Battlefield/Medal of Honor event that its upcoming pack of DLC, Close Quarters, would focus on tight, indoor firefights, reactions were understandably divisive. "If you're going to focus on an indoor shooter, you might as well play Call of Duty," said one voice in the room. "This is great. The worst part about Battlefield 3 is that it took too long to find anybody because the maps were so goddamn large," said another. "A part of me died when I saw that Medal of Honor trailer," said another yet.

While there's no accounting for taste, DICE is doing its darnedest to try by releasing themed DLC packs catered to fans with divergent play styles. While Close Quarters will focus on cramped infantry-focused indoor affairs, the following DLC, Armored Kill, promises to have the largest terrain of any Battlefield to date with loads of vehicles and epic scale wars. There will be a third pack too, Endgame, but DICE remains cagey on the details there.

"We want to widen the spectrum of how we play these games. It comes back to the idea of having choice as a player," DICE general manager, Karl-Magnus Troedsson explained. It's a smart move, and a decidedly honest model that ensures players will only have to pay for the type of experience they want, without having to fork over extra dough to collect their favourite maps spread haphazardly across several nondescript map packs.

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Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand patched on PS3 tomorrow

A new and patched version of Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand will be available to download tomorrow, developer DICE has announced.

"This will fix the weapon animation bug that some of you have experienced," wrote Tommy Rydling on Battlelog.

"This download is free of charge if you have already bought Back to Karkand.

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Battlefield 3: Close Quarters out in June, first of three add-ons

Consoles to get dedicated servers via rent-a-server programme.

Battlefield 3 is to get three themed downloadable expansions, starting in June. Like first add-on Back to Karkand, they will offer new weapons and in some cases vehicles to be used across the entire game, as well as new multiplayer maps.

DICE shares Battlefield 3 patch notes ahead of release

DICE shares Battlefield 3 patch notes ahead of release

Can we still have a blackout please?

Perhaps in answer to the blackout threat, DICE has shared Battlefield 3 patch notes way ahead of time.

Release for this PC list of fixes is ETA.

"We would like to share some of the confirmed fixes and tweaks that we have been working on to the community," posted spirtely DICE global community manager Daniel "zh1nt0" Matros on the Battlefield blog.

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New Battlefield 3 patch fixes PS3 VOIP issues

A new Battlefield 3 patch out today has finally fixed the voice chat issues that many PlayStation 3 gamers have been complaining of since launch.

As reported by MP1st, update 1.03 is up for download now, weighing in at around 11MB.

Developer DICE hasn't posted a full changelog, though it appears the VOIP fix is all the patch does.

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Digital FoundryHacked PS3 games running on Vita via Remote Play

Battlefield 3, Batman, Mortal Kombat and more shown in vids.

YouTube videos have emerged showing hit PlayStation 3 titles running via Remote Play on the new PSVita handheld. Camera footage of titles such as Red Dead Redemption, Mortal Kombat, Battlefield 3 and Batman: Arkham Asylum has been recorded and uploaded, and there's absolutely no reason whatsoever to assume that the videos are anything but genuine.

Alienware unveils its first small and cheap gaming PC, the X51

Alienware unveils its first small and cheap gaming PC, the X51

"This is something that has never been done before."

Alienware enters the small and (relatively) cheap PC market today with a new computer, the X51.

It costs £699, is slightly bigger than an Xbox 360 and is designed to work upright or laid on its side.

The bottom range X51 can power Battlefield 3 in 1080p at an average of 32 frames-per-second, with high resolution textures, 4x aniostropic filtering and medium anti-aliasing turned on.

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UK 2011 Modern Warfare 3 sales lower than 2010 Black Ops sales

UK 2011 Modern Warfare 3 sales lower than 2010 Black Ops sales

Adele heads list of last year's most popular entertainment.

Call of Duty game Modern Warfare 3 sold fewer copies than Black Ops in the UK in a comparable time frame.

In 2011, Modern Warfare 3 shifted 2,814,609 copies, the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) has revealed (using data provided by weekly counter GfK Chart-Track).

In 2010, Black Ops shifted 3,266,298 copies.

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Amy headlines EU PlayStation Store update

Amy headlines EU PlayStation Store update

Plus games, demos and DLC.

Eerie survival horror game Amy headlines this week's European PlayStation Store update.

It's a game about a troubled child who can make things happen with the power of her mind. Oh my god! Amy's also out on Xbox Live Arcade today.

"Neither quirky enough to be forgiven its unfinished feel nor polished enough to satisfy the base gaming itch, Amy is a crushing disappointment with little to recommend it," Dan Whitehead wrote in Eurogamer's just-published Amy review.

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The truth behind retailer-exclusive pre-order extras

FeatureThe truth behind retailer-exclusive pre-order extras

Why stores do it and what it means for gamers.

One of the less popular trends of 2011 was the ramping up of the retailer-exclusive in-game extra. You know the sort of the thing - pre-order a title from Game and get a couple of extra character skins, choose HMV and get some weapon unlocks, or give your money to Zavvi and get early access to a map.

Depending on where you stand, it's either a nice bit of added value or a nuisance that prevents fans experiencing absolutely everything a game has to offer. Until recently it's been fairly easy to ignore. But things took a left turn with the release of Batman: Arkham City earlier this year, when UK supermarket giant Tesco secured a significant slab of DLC content all for themselves - a separate set of missions called Joker's Carnival Challenge Map. A sign of things to come, perhaps?

With that in mind we approached a number of UK retailers, publishers and developers to find out more about the process, why it happens and whether gamers are doomed to suffer as a result.

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EU PlayStation Store update 7th December

EU PlayStation Store update 7th December

BF3: Back to Karkand! Mortal Kombat! Ratchet for £49.99!

Long-delayed Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection has finally launched on the EU PlayStation Store this week. The compilation contains 2D classics Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat 2 and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 in one bundle.

The game had originally been due for an August launch alongside its Xbox Live Arcade counterpart, but continually failed to appear, something Sony blamed on a "technical issue".

Back to Karkand, the first Battlefield 3 expansion, went live earlier this week and contains four maps from previous Battlefield instalments. PlayStation 3 gamers get it a week before their PC and Xbox 360 friends.

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Hefty Battlefield 3 PC patch due tomorrow

Hefty Battlefield 3 PC patch due tomorrow

2GB download is compulsory.

A mandatory 2GB Battlefield 3 PC update goes live tomorrow, developer DICE has announced.

The file size is apparently due to the patch containing the majority of the Back to Karkand map pack which follows later in the week.

"This is not ideal, so we aim to make potential DLC content in the future as optional downloads," explained DICE.

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Battlefield 3 PS3 patch release notes

Battlefield 3 PS3 patch release notes

Xbox 360 patch will "follow shortly".

A Battlefield 3 update has rolled out on PS3.

The update coincided with Battlefield 3 database maintenance this morning, which affected all formats.

An update for Battlefield 3 on Xbox 360 will "follow shortly".

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Battlefield 3 sales hit 8 million

Battlefield 3 sales hit 8 million

3 million added to launch week tally.

Battlefield 3 has now sold eight million copies since launch, publisher EA has revealed.

CFO Eric Brown made the announcement during today's Baird Technology Conference in San Francisco, as noted by GameInformer.

As previously reported, the DICE-developed shooter sold five million copies during its first week on sale in late October, meaning it's added a further three million since.

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Battlefield 3: IRNV and flashlight nerfs due in a later patch

Battlefield 3's infrared/night vision scope and flashlight will be nerfed in a future patch, DICE has confirmed.

Some fans complained after discovering that neither had been altered by the PC patch released on 22nd November.

But DICE community manager Daniel Matros reassured fans that the controversial IRNV and flashlight will be altered - eventually.

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Huge Battlefield 3 PC patch notes detailed

Huge Battlefield 3 PC patch notes detailed

New squad interface, Battlelog features.

A "major" client update for Battlefield 3 on PC is now live, as of 9am this morning, EA has confirmed.

Console versions of the patch are also due, but are taking longer due to the platforms' certification processes.

Highlights include an updated squad interface, designed to make playing with friends and Platoon chums easier. Players can now select Squads to join, allowing for servers to better balance teams.

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"Significant" Battlefield 3 PC update due this week

Console patches to follow shortly after.

A "significant" Battlefield 3 update launches this week.

A console patch, which is in certification with Sony and Microsoft, launches shortly after.

The PC patch improves polish, stability, weapons balancing, squad control functionality, user interface enhancements and "several feature enhancements that address feedback the community has provided to date", DICE wrote on the Battlefield 3 blog. DICE will also remove "negative mouse acceleration".

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COD vs BF3 sales war: who's the real victor?

COD vs BF3 sales war: who's the real victor?

Honours are even, reckon analysts.

Barely a month has passed in the last year without EA reiterating its intent for Battlefield to steal a significant share of the FPS market from Activision's Call of Duty, and in the long term to eventually overtake it.

With both games now on shelves and early sales figures in (Battlefield 3 did five million in a week, Modern Warfare 3 did more than 6.5 million in a day), a number of industry analysts have offered Eurogamer their thoughts on just how that strategy is panning out.

The consensus? Everyone's a winner.

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Digital FoundryModern Warfare 3 vs. Battlefield 3

Digital Foundry on how the real battle lies ahead.

Some might say that the war was over before it truly began. The extraordinary sparring between Electronic Arts and Activision, encompassing developers and executives alike, may well have made for good copy for us journalist types, but where it matters - with the gamers - the results look rather one-sided. Preliminary sales data points to just one winner in the great Battlefield 3/Modern Warfare 3 kerfuffle: Activision has clearly emerged triumphant with what it is describing as the biggest launch in the history of the entire entertainment business.

Battlefield 3, Arkham City dominate October US sales

Battlefield 3, Arkham City dominate October US sales

While Xbox 360 tops hardware chart by huge margin.

Battlefield 3 was the top-selling game in the US for the month of October, selling just shy of two million copies, according to the latest NPD sales data.

Batman: Arkham City came in second selling a very healthy 1.5 million units, followed by NBA 2K12 and Rage. According to GameInformer, id Software's shooter sold 550,000 copies in its debut month.

From Software's no-nonsense RPG Dark Souls stormed the chart at six, while Forza 4 debuted in eighth. Sales figures for those titles have not been announced.

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Japan chart: Super Mario 3D Land inspires huge 3DS sales surge

Japan chart: Super Mario 3D Land inspires huge 3DS sales surge

Uncharted 3, Battlefield 3 also do big numbers.

3DS sales were up over 200 per cent in Japan last week, following the launch of Super Mario 3D Land.

The new handheld's first Mario title, out here next week, sold a whopping 343,492 copies in its first four days on sale to take the software crown.

For context, Super Mario Galaxy sold 256,341 in Japan during its first week, while Super Mario Galaxy 2 managed 337,569.

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Battlefield 3 server status web page launched

EA has launched a dedicated web page for Battlefield 3 players to check server status.

The page, which automatically refreshes every minute, displays the status for Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and PC game servers, as well as the status of Battlelog, Battlefield 3's stat-tracking service.

At the time of writing everything is Up, which is lovely.

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Digital FoundryTech Analysis: Battlefield 3 PC

Tomorrow's technology today.

For many PC gamers there is a nasty stigma attached to multi-platform releases. The common criticism is that the development of games on the PC platform, not to mention the commercial uptake of GPU hardware tailored towards new technologies such as DirectX 11, has been hamstrung by developers' growing attention towards the console platforms over the years.

EA denies spying on Battlefield 3 Origin users

German gamers claim service breaks privacy laws.

EA has refuted claims from German gamers that download service Origin - required to play Battlefield 3 on PC - spies on users' computer activity and could potentially break the country's privacy laws.

Battlefield 3 sells 5 million in one week

Battlefield 3 sells 5 million in one week

It's the fastest-selling game in EA's history.

Battlefield 3 sold a whopping five million copies in its first week on sales, according to internal EA estimates, making it the publisher's fastest selling game ever.

EA's announcement added that, while some players have complained of intermittent service disruption online "due to high volume", it reckons servers and service uptime stabilised to roughly 98.9 per cent over the weekend.

A good number of players certainly have been able to get online - EA reported that gamers have executed 73 million savior kills, 48 million revives and destroyed 67 million vehicles since launch.

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EA justifies Battlefield 3 single player

Multiplayer-only future very unlikely.

Battlefield 3's single player component has garnered considerably less acclaim than its online modes, with both Bad Company titles' solo campaigns also failing to match up. So why not ditch it and concentrate solely on multiplayer?

Battlefield 3 UK launch price roundup

Battlefield 3 UK launch price roundup

Refreshed for launch day.

Where is the cheapest place to buy Battlefield 3 this week?

At the moment, Asda direct (online), where the Standard Edition of the game on console costs £27.97.

Consider trade-ins, however, and HMV wins. There, Battlefield 3 costs £2.99 when you take back Forza Motorsport 4 or Batman: Arkham City.

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Battlefield 3 Review

Battlefield 3 Review

Hell is for heroes.

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the folks at Infinity Ward and Treyarch must be feeling pretty special right now. In retooling DICE's military multiplayer favourite as a direct competitor to reigning heavyweight champ Call of Duty, EA has constructed a package that echoes its rival in so many ways it's downright eerie. If Call of Duty is Bridget Fonda, then Battlefield just became Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Nowhere is this more obvious than in the single-player campaign, which rather appropriately occupies a disc all to itself on the 360. Only tangentially related to the multiplayer side of the game, and more concerned with the sort of Hollywood heroics that propelled Activision's franchise to the top of the tree, it's remarkable just how badly it sells the Battlefield brand.

It opens, ominously enough, with a quick-time event. Press A to jump onto a train. Press the right trigger to display a non-interactive animation of our hero, disgraced marine Sgt Blackburn, beating up an enemy. Press B to dive out of the train window, then hammer A to climb onto the roof. And so on.

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Why we missed the Battlefield 3 review embargo

FeatureWhy we missed the Battlefield 3 review embargo

Code delivered late, huge day-one patch.

As some of you may know, the general embargo for publishing Battlefield 3 reviews online expired at 8.01am UK time this morning.

Eurogamer and many other websites only received finished console copies of the game yesterday morning. Our reviewer signed for his at 7am.

There were a few reviews online yesterday based on the PC version of the game. When it became apparent last week that there might be a distinction between timings for PC and console reviews, we asked for PC code but were told none was available. We still haven't been sent a PC copy of Battlefield 3 despite being told it is the leading version.

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Nvidia launches new Battlefield 3 PC drivers

Nvidia launches new Battlefield 3 PC drivers

Claims they boost FPS performance by 11%.

A new set of graphics card drivers from Nvidia are available today, promising to give PC users a hefty performance boost ahead of this week's Battlefield 3 launch.

The GeForce 285.62 WHQL drivers, up for download now, bundle in all the improvements and updates from the 285.27 and 285.38 betas, along with new SLI and 3D Vision profiles for a number of upcoming or recently released titles.

Nvidia reckons that the new drivers will bump Battlefield 3 performance on a GTX 560 by "up to 11%", and also recommends them for Rage and Batman: Arkham City.

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FeatureBattlefield 3 Interview: Rolling the DICE

On the eve of launch, DICE addresses single-player and online pass concerns.

The wait is almost over: this week sees the release of perhaps the most anticipated first-person shooter of the year (well, apart from that other one). Tomorrow DICE pushes the big red button and Battlefield 3 goes live for millions of gamers around the world.

Battlefield 3 patch on day one

Battlefield 3 patch on day one

UPDATE: Has "all the final stuff", says DICE.

UPDATE: Battlefield 3 lead game designer David Goldfarb has said the Battlefield 3 day one patch adds "all the final stuff" to the game.

ORIGINAL STORY: Battlefield 3 launches tomorrow with a meaty day one patch.

On Xbox 360 the patch is 167MB.

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Out This Week - 28/10/11

Battlefield 3! Kinect Sports 2! Daytona!

Whatever Battlefield 3's sales figures are when the dust settles (and we guess they'll be stonkingly huge), EA's FPS juggernaut has already clocked up some truly impressive numbers.

Digital FoundryPreparing your PC for Battlefield 3

Give it a Digital Foundry tune-up.

In an age where triple-A game development leads on console, there's a strong argument that cutting-edge PC development is a thing of the past, a relic of a bygone era. But next week, PC gaming enthusiasts can afford themselves a little old-school rejoicing, because DICE's Battlefield 3 changes that: it's a top-of-the-line experience that leverages the power of PC architecture and offers up a game that is technologically way in advance of its console siblings.

Post-beta Battlefield 3 changes detailed

Post-beta Battlefield 3 changes detailed

Kill cam, squad settings, netcode tweaked.

DICE has revealed a few of the changes it's made to Battlefield 3 following the game's recent open beta trial.

In a post on the PlayStation Blog, product manager Tommy Rydling thanked users for their feedback and explained that the developer has made "hundreds of changes and additions" to the game as a result.

He then went on to detail a few of the main improvements:

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I'm lost. It's not something I'm proud of, but I have no idea where I need to be going. I'm on the attacking force in a Squad Rush multiplayer game of Battlefield 3 and I'm running around like a headless chicken, trying to work out where those target markers are pointing.

DICE reveals Battlefield 3 beta stats

DICE reveals Battlefield 3 beta stats

More than 8 million players.

The Battlefield 3 open beta was played by over 8 million people, developer DICE has revealed.

The exact number is 8,125,310 people, according to the Battlefield blog.

The longest headshot recorded during the Battlefield 3 open beta was 635.6 metres.

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Battlefield 3 online pass confirmed

If you buy a used copy of Battlefield 3, you'll need to purchase an online pass to access the game's multiplayer features.

The confirmation comes from the Twitter feed DICE designer lan Kertz (via MP1st) who was asked by a follower, "do you need to buy a new battlefield 3 to play xbox live?"

His response? "You can also purchase an online pass for a used copy."

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EA responds to Battlefield 3 ESRB rating

"For God's sake, there is a nuke in Paris!"

EA has responded to the revelation that in upcoming first-person shooter Battlefield 3 you shoot cops in order to finish a mission with an… interesting statement.

DICE details top 10 BF3 beta issues

DICE details top 10 BF3 beta issues

And how it plans to fix them.

Battlefield 3 developer DICE has revealed the top 10 most-reported issues players have had with the game's ongoing open beta and what it plans to do about them.

The most common complaints include issues with the squad formation system, glitches in terrain stability, problems with the game's kill cam and occasional screen flickering. DICE insisted that it has all of these under control.

Without further ado, here's the full list, as published on the Battlefield Blog:

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Battlefield 3 beta unlocks Caspian Border

Battlefield 3 beta unlocks Caspian Border

PC gamers have all the fun.

DICE is unlocking the gargantuan Caspian Border map in time for this weekend - for PC players only.

The developer wants to stress test the map one last time - this weekend marks the end of the Battlefield 3 beta.

"After analysing the data from our first round of closed Caspian Border tests, we have great news for participants in the Battlefield 3 PC Open Beta: the DICE team has decided to bring back Caspian Border for the beta's final weekend and conduct an open large scale test of the 64-player Caspian Border map," wrote Battlefield 3 North American community manager Ian Tornay, aka "crash7801", on the Battlelog forum.

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DICE explains Battlefield 3 beta decisions

DICE explains Battlefield 3 beta decisions

Gamers "misunderstanding term beta test".

DICE has reflected on the ongoing Battlefield 3 beta, saying there has been a "misunderstanding" of the term "beta test".

Some gamers have reacted badly to the beta test, which runs the Rush game mode on the Operation Metro map, and gamers have reported a number of bugs and gameplay issues.

According to producer Patrick Liu, the beta is about testing the shooter's backend to ensure a smooth launch, and promised bugs will be ironed out.

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DICE hints at Battlefield 3 beta numbers

DICE hints at Battlefield 3 beta numbers

Six-times bigger than Bad Company 2.

The Battlefield 3 beta has attracted more than six times the number of simultaneous players than the Battlefield: Bad Company 2 beta did.

Exactly how many concurrent players the Bad Company 2 beta had was never disclosed. The full Bad Company 2 game had, weeks after launch, a peak of 230,000 simultaneous players. Multiplied by six, that number is 1.38 million.

At that point, however, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 had sold 2.3 million copies. The Bad Company 2 demo/beta was downloaded more than 3.5 million times in the month it was available. Potentially, then, more people than 230,000 could have been playing simultaneously. That, in turn, suggests the Battlefield 3 beta has been played by upwards of 1.38 million gamers simultaneously.

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Digital FoundryDigital Foundry vs. Console Battlefield 3

Technical analysis of campaign and multiplayer code revealed to date.

Everything we have seen so far of Battlefield 3 on PC suggests a consummate example of video game warfare, realised by pushing back new barriers in rendering technology courtesy of DICE's phenomenal new Frostbite 2 engine. However, the lack of marketing focus on the console versions has led many to wonder whether current generation hardware has the power available to provide any kind of equivalent experience to the incredible DirectX 11 computer game. To put it blankly, can consoles really handle a satisfying Battlefield 3?

DICE man "ashamed" of Bad Company 2

Patrick Bach won't even turn it on.

Battlefield 3 executive producer Patrick Bach is so ashamed of his work on Battlefield: Bad Company 2 that he refuses to even the boot the game up.

DICE dishes Battlefield 3 beta tips

DICE dishes Battlefield 3 beta tips

10 hints for Operation Metro.

Battlefield 3's online beta is now available to all, after 48 hours exclusive access for limited edition Medal of Honour owners and those who pre-ordered through Origin.

In the trial, players get a glimpse at BF3 map Operation Metro.

DICE has armed players with 10 top tips for survival in the map. Find them below.

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Battlefield 3 beta goes live for all today

Battlefield 3 beta goes live for all today

Out on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 now.

UPDATE 2: The PC Battlefield 3 beta is available to download from Origin now.

UPDATE 1: The Battlefield 3 beta is available to download from the European PlayStation Store now.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Battlefield 3 beta goes live today for all PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 owners.

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EU PlayStation Store update 28th Sept

EU PlayStation Store update 28th Sept

Mortal Kombat: Arcade Kollection MIA.

An upscaled version of Resident Evil: Code Veronica headlines this week's PSN Store update. It's available for £15.99.

FIFA 12 arrives to download on Friday - for the privilege of saving yourself a walk to the shops you'll pay £54.99 on PlayStation 3 and £31.99 on PSP.

Battlefield 3's open beta rolls out on Thursday, while gamers can help themselves to PSN-exclusive shooter Rochard, freemium role-player Free Realms and new Dead Nation DLC from today.

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$1.6m Battlefield 3 contest announced

$1.6m Battlefield 3 contest announced

PC gamers not invited.

An online Battlefield 3 competition with a $1.6 million prize pot kicks off early next year, developer DICE has announced.

Organised in partnership with Virgin Gaming, the Battlefield 3 Worldwide Conquest Tournament will see PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 users shoot each other up for a slice of the dough. Sorry PC gamers, you're not invited.

Details of exactly how it will all go down are yet to be firmed up, but the matches will take place online with a live grand finale planned for some time in 2012.

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Battlefield 3 beta begins today

Battlefield 3 beta begins today

Keys to be sent from lunchtime.

The hotly anticipated Battlefield 3 beta begins today for those who pre-ordered the PC game through Origin, and Medal of Honor Limited Edition owners.

EA will send out keys from lunchtime today to those who fall under those categories.

When will you receive your email with your key? Don't bother asking, developer DICE said - the system is run by a computer, not by human beings.

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Battlefield 3 beta release date

DICE has announced the Battlefield 3 beta release date: Thursday 29th September.

It goes live on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

The featured game mode is Rush, and the featured map is Operation Metro.

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Battlefield dev doesn't want 500+ devs

DICE wants to make other games too.

Activision puts 500 developers to work across seven studios to ensure Call of Duty remains the biggest brand around. But challenger EA DICE, with Battlefield 3,

Battlefield 3 beta page appears, vanishes

Battlefield 3 beta page appears, vanishes

DICE Tweet suggests launch very soon.

Tweets from DICE suggest the much-anticipated Battlefield 3 beta will launch this week.

Users on Battlefieldo spotted a new domain, http://bf3beta.battlefield.com, for beta code redemption. Screenshots were taken before the website was taken offline.

Battlefieldo also spotted a page where managers at shop GameStop could gain early access to the beta. This has also been taken offline.

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FeatureEurogamer Readers vs. Battlefield 3

Our guys report from the frontline at DICE in Sweden.

It's easy to forget when you spend so much of the year jetting around seeing games in development - especially when some of the games look a bit 6/10 - that being invited to meet games developers and talk to them about their work in progress is a tremendous privilege.

Activision ousts MW3.com owner

But MW4.com still taunts publisher.

Call of Duty publisher Activision has ousted the owners of www.ModernWarfare3.com after a long-running legal battle.

EA claims 1.25m Battlefield 3 pre-orders

Tracking "well ahead" of Bad Company 2.

Battlefield 3 has racked up an impressive 1.25 million pre-orders with more than a month still to go before it launches, publisher EA has claimed.

Battlefield 3 fills to 720p on console

Uses black lines top and bottom of picture.

Console Battlefield 3 uses black lines at the top and bottom of the screen to fill a 720p resolution, DICE rendering boffin Johan Andersson has revealed.

FeatureBattlefield 3

We visit DICE to see a new mission - Operation Guillotine.

Two months out from release and we still haven't been told anything substantial about the story behind Battlefield 3's campaign, and judging by what executive producer Patrick Bach has to say when we visit DICE to check on the game's progress at the end of August, it may well be kept under wraps most of the way to launch. However, we do have a good sense of what not to expect.

EA: our games won't be Origin exclusive

EA: our games won't be Origin exclusive

Gabe Newell comments on Steam ban.

EA has promised gamers it won't make digital versions of its games exclusive to Origin.

This is not part of what the mega publisher is trying to do with its recently launched digital platform, EA said.

"When we were talking about it's best for the consumer that competition is a good thing, for the consumer also choice is a good thing," EA's European boss Jens Uwe Intat told Eurogamer.

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PC Battlefield 3 Camaros on "day one"

Updated with a little more reality.

Update: Outside of Bertie's head and in the real world, Troedsson was in fact referring to Command Rose or Commo Rose. This is a context-sensitive command menu used for quick communication.

Activision condemns EA "mudslinging"

COD vs BF3 banter "hurts the industry."

EA's recent spate of public "mudslinging" over this year's Modern Warfare 3/Battlefield 3 showdown is bad for the industry, so says Activision exec Eric Hirshberg.

UK Origin now grants Battlefield 3 beta

UK Origin now grants Battlefield 3 beta

Pre-order to take part.

EA's UK Origin store now also grants early access to the Battlefield 3 beta when you pre-order the game, Eurogamer has discovered.

Specifically, you get 48 hours early access to the test. And that test will happen in September.

The pre-order incentive was spotted on the US Origin store earlier today.

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DICE: no plans to annualise Battlefield

That would "eventually kill the franchise"

Battlefield developer DICE has no plans to follow Call of Duty's lead and annualise its FPS series, according to executive producer Patrick Bach.

FeatureAndy McNab and Battlefield 3

"These guys know what they're doing."

Battlefield earned its stripes as a multiplayer game. Fast forward 11 years and Battlefield, now promoted as the contender to the colossal Call of Duty, will have to exhibit similar skill at telling a story. Who better to hire as help, thought Battlefield 3 developer DICE, than best-selling author and former SAS member Andy McNab.

DICE clarifies Battlefield 3 beta, alpha

DICE clarifies Battlefield 3 beta, alpha

Alpha "closed" to Medal of Honor owners.

The Battlefield 3 alpha test is not the same as the beta test, DICE has explained. Therefore, Medal of Honor: Limited Edition owners are not eligible to join the alpha test.

"The alpha is a closed test and by invitation only," wrote DICE on its website.

"If you'd like to have a chance to be called upon, make sure to register for our newsletter and ensure your Veteran status is up to date.

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BF3 pre-orders on a par with Black Ops

Analyst raises sales estimate.

Battlefield 3's pre-order numbers are "roughly comparable" with those of Call of Duty: Black Ops, according to industry analyst firm Cowen & Company.

Steam not in Battlefield 3's sights

Digital distribution war levels up.

EA's digital distribution war with Steam took another twist over the weekend with the revelation that upcoming first-person shooter Battlefield 3 will probably not be sold on Valve's digital platform.

10 co-op maps confirmed for Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3's co-op campaign will feature support for two players over 10 different maps, developer DICE has confirmed via PSM3 magazine.

Sure, it's a slim morsel of news, but the first real details the studio has let slip about the feature.

Eurogamer's Martin Robinson took a close look at the keenly-anticipated shooter's standard multiplayer mode in his Battlefield 3 hands-on preview earlier this week.

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FeatureBattlefield 3

Class war.

The nineties had Mario and Sonic, the noughties brought us Guitar Hero versus Rock Band, and now? Now we've got Battlefield going up against Call of Duty in the war of screaming men, waged by two publishers who shout just as hard and twice as loud.

FeatureEurogamer's Best of E3 2011

Game of the Show, Best Tech, Best Publisher and more.

It began, as ever, with a leak. With just hours to go until Microsoft's absurdly lavish... Wait a second, this is last year's intro. Oh well, it turns out it still works: where last year we heard about Kinect before we'd even donned our space ponchos, this year we knew about Halo 4 and several new Kinect sequels before Don Mattrick even had a chance to start educating us about "growth and innovation".

FeatureCheap This Week - 09/06/11

Arkham City! Mass Effect 3! Witcher 2!

It's an early bird special this week, with many of the biggest upcoming games available to pre-order now for really low prices. With all the new announcements coming out of E3, it looks like we've got an exciting year of gaming ahead of us, and this is your chance get in on the fun at discount prices.

PS3 snags exclusive EA content

PS3 snags exclusive EA content

Battlefield 3, SSX and NFS bonuses

As part of its ongoing E3 press conference, Sony has announced a range of PS3-exclusive bonuses for upcoming EA titles.

The PS3 version of Battlefield 3 will be "bigger than any other," said Sony US boss Jack Tretton. He revealed that the additional storage of Blu-ray meant EA would bundle a free copy of Battlefield 1943 with the game when it ships in October.

"It's one of the most exciting games of the year bundled free with one of the most popular PSN games," Tretton added.

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Battlefield 3 beta in September

Battlefield 3 beta in September

Multiplatform taster coming soon.

Battlefield 3's multiplayer beta will be coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC this September.

The news came as DICE showed off the multiplayer for Battlefield 3 for the first time, with a brief glimpse at a map located in the centre of Paris. The visual fidelity that's wowed so far was intact, though precise details of what modes will feature were less clear.

Battlefield 3 is coming out on October 25, and EA's been aggressively pitting it against Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

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Battlefield 3 release date announced

Battlefield 3 release date announced

It's coming our way in October.

Electronic Arts has announced a release date for PC and console effort Battlefield 3.

It'll hit the shops on 25 October this year, according to the press release. Presumably that means American shops, as 25th October is a Tuesday. Games are released on Fridays in the UK, so we could be looking at 28th October over here.

Battlefield 3 is looking very exciting indeed, what with the brand new Frostbite 2 game engine in full effect and co-operation from veteran balaclava-wearer Andy McNab.

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Origin: exclusive ME3, BF3 game content

Origin: exclusive ME3, BF3 game content

EA launches Steam rival today.

Sign up to Origin, EA's Steam rival, and you'll get "exclusive game content" for games such as Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 3.

EA is yet to reveal exactly what that exclusive game content is, however.

Exclusive limited edition copies of Battlefield 3, FIFA 12 will be available from Origin. Future additions will include access to the latest online betas as well as demos and try before you buy opportunities, EA said.

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FeatureCheap This Week - 01/06/11

Battlefield! GTA! Broken Sword! AssBro!

Behold! Here's your essential weekly guide to spending slightly less on games than you might pay otherwise. Cheap This Week is a collection of the best deals from across the land every Wednesday; read on to find out which gaming deals we think are worth your attention this week. If you want updates about which games are cheap pumped into your web browser every second, be sure to head to SavyGamer.co.uk.

How EA aims to overthrow Call of Duty

Battlefield 3 marketing masterplan detailed.

EA hasn't been mincing its words on this one – the plan with the forthcoming Battlefield 3 is to knock Activision's Call of Duty franchise off its lofty perch at the top of the FPS tree.

EA details first Battlefield 3 expansion

EA details first Battlefield 3 expansion

Back to Karkand collects classic maps.

Battlefield 3 developer DICE has detailed the game's day one Back to Karkand expansion.

The pack includes four classic Battlefield 2 maps: Strike at Karkand, Wake Island, Gulf of Oman and the Sharqi Peninsula, all re-mastered using the new Frostbite 2 engine. On top of that, you'll also get classic Battlefield 2 weapons and vehicles, unique rewards and new achievements.

To get hold of the free expansion, you'll need to pre-order the Limited Edition version of the game through any retailer, including the EA Store.

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Battlefield 3 playable at Eurogamer Expo

Plus FIFA 12 and loads more still to be unveiled.

We've told you it's going to be bigger, and we've told you it's going to be longer, but so far we haven't been able to tell you about the games.

COD vs. BF3 marketing war to cost $200m

EA talks up FPS battle royale.

The impending Battlefield 3 vs. Call of Duty marketing battle will cost the games' respective publishers around $200 million, EA boss John Riccitiello has claimed.

Battlefield 3 MP maps shrunk for consoles

Lower player limit means less terrain.

Anyone looking to enjoy Battlefield 3 multiplayer on a console will have smaller maps to play with than their PC counterparts, developer DICE has revealed.

FeatureBattlefield 3

Modding warfare.

"You're almost tricking me into a position where I'm telling you about the story!" laughs Patrick Bach, Battlefield 3's senior producer. After witnessing the code in action at DICE's Stockholm HQ, I asked him about how earthquakes in the game affect the storyline, and whether this catastrophe-mechanic is in any way similar way to Spec Ops: The Line's sandstorm-sundered Dubai. But no dice.

No mod tools for Battlefield 3 at launch

DICE won't provide mod tools for new super-creation Battlefield 3 at launch.

The developer explained to Game Informer (via NeoGAF) that the new and much hyped Frostbite 2.0 engine makes everything more complicated; releasing mod tools would take a lot of work. And does DICE want to focus on that or making the game?

Nevertheless, DICE confirmed that PC will be the lead platform for Battlefield 3. This decision manifests in 64-player online PC battles. DICE didn't specify how many can fight online on consoles, although US shop-chain Best Buy reckons the number will be 24 (thanks, VG247).

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EA's forthcoming Battlefield 3 FPS will cut a destructive swathe through Paris, New York and Tehran, according to retailer information.

First Battlefield 3 details emerge

PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 shooter Battlefield 3 features improved visuals and what developer DICE describes as an "exponential leap" in destructibility.

Game engine Frostbite 2 has made Battlefield 3's existence possible, according to US magazine Game Informer.

"Armed with powerful upgrades like deferred rendering, real-time radiosity, a new animation system borrowed from the EA Sports label, and an exponential leap in destructibility, executive producer Patrick Bach dubs Frostbite 2 'the best piece of technology on the market when it comes to building games'" reads the website.

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EA, not Treyarch, heir to Infinity Ward?

Riccitiello takes a pop at Black Ops team.

John Riccitiello believes that EA, not Black Ops studio Treyarch, could be the developer to pick up where Infinity Ward left off and deliver "the next great FPS".

EA reveals strategy to beat COD

Riccitiello: "We can take the lead."

EA has revealed its out-there strategy to take the FPS crown away from Activision and its Call of Duty series: make a superior game.

EA admits COD and Halo will rule 2010

But has FPS crown in its sights.

EA COO John Schappert has admitted Activision Blizzard's behemoth Call of Duty and Microsoft's all-conquering Halo will remain top FPS dogs this year - but insisted they won't be so for long.

Battlefield 3 officially announced

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".

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Battlefield 3 has been in dev for 3 years

Will "blow everyone away" - DICE founder.

Former chief executive of DICE and studio manager of DICE Canada, Fredrik Liliegren, has confirmed to Gaming Union that Battlefield 3 has been in development at the Swedish studio for the past three years (thanks, VG247).