Battlefield 3 News

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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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 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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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.

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.

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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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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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.

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).