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.
Earlier this month Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3 received backwards compatibility on Xbox One. Now they're both available on EA Access, the £3.99 a month service exclusive to Xbox One that grants players unlimited access to various EA titles.
Seven new games were added to the increasingly vast Xbox One backwards compatibility library.
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 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:
EA has admitted that some Battlefield 3 players have been accidentally banned from the game.
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.
It's now nearing two years since Battlefield 3 was released, and another Easter egg has just been discovered in the game.
Sony has announced its new roster of gaming goodies for PlayStation Plus subscribers in July.
EA won't pay arms manufacturers for licensed digital replicas of their guns and war paraphernalia in its action games - Battlefield 4 - this year. But it will use them anyway.
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.)
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.
Oh right so motorbikes cut it but Camaros don't?
Battlefield 3 expansion Aftermath is available today for European PlayStation 3 owners. The download costs £11.99 or is free for those with Battlefield 3 Premium.
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.
UPDATE: Ben Cousins, general manager of ngmoco Sweden and former executive producer of the Battlefield franchise, has tweeted to say Mirror's Edge 2 is indeed in development.
Origin will be updated with in-built Twitch streaming, EA has announced.
EA has released its seminal PC first-person shooter Battlefield 1942 for free on its distribution portal Origin.
Battlefield 3's fourth expansion pack, Aftermath, introduces a new mode that gives newcomers a fighting chance.
Borderlands 2 took America by storm. Gearbox's celebrated co-op shooter RPG sold a whopping 1.82 million copies during September.
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.
Battlefield 3 developer DICE has quadrupled the number of official servers for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 gamers.
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.
I hate DLC. I hate online passes. I hate EA.
60 frames or not 60 frames? When it comes to military first-person shooters, that is the question.
Yesterday evening was the European Games Awards, voted for by a record 230,000 European people online.
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.
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.
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.
Over 1.3 million Battlefield 3 Premium subscriptions have been sold in the scant two months since its launch, EA announced during its most recent quarterly earnings report for fiscal Q1 2013.
EA spent as much money on a Facebook advertising campaign for Battlefield 3 as Brian Fargo raised through Kickstarter to fund Wasteland 2.
EA has reaffirmed its commitment to Battlefield 3 amid concern sparked by the announcement of Battlefield 4.
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.
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.
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."
Battlefield developer DICE has insisted there's plenty still to come for Battlefield 3 in a statement issued to fans following the announcement of Battlefield 4.
Update: We've heard back from EA and, surprise, the publisher won't be making any comment.
Original story: Battlefield 4 has been mentioned by EA.
The publisher dangled Battlefield 4 beta access like a golden carrot, as a reward for people pre-ordering Medal of Honor: Warfighter.
A new "Matches" feature is being added to Battlefield 3 that will allow players to select the time, server, game settings, and roster for their rounds, EA has announced.
The Battlefield 3 Premium service has secured 800,000 customers since launch a little over two weeks ago.
Game engine Frostbite 2 was built for the next generation, EA has said.
All XP earned in Battlefield 3 multiplayer this weekend will be doubled, EA has announced.
EA has likened the difference between digital platforms Origin and Steam to the difference between Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Battlefield Premium will cost £35/$60, according to a new report.
Some Frostbite-powered PC games released next year will require a 64-bit operating system, engine maker DICE has revealed.
The heavily-rumoured Battlefield 3 Premium service will offer subscribers early access to all of the game's upcoming expansions.
EA will unveil Battlefield Premium, a rival to Activision's Call of Duty Elite subscription service, at its E3 press conference next month, a new report by Battlefieldo claims.
A double XP weekend for Battlefield 3 multiplayer kicks off tomorrow morning, EA has announced.
Origin is now the number two direct to consumer game service, EA has claimed.
The official Battlefield 3 Battlelog app has been released, developer DICE has announced.
Familiar-sounding shooter Battle Duty: Modern Field 3 is currently sixth on the App Store's top 10 free games.
The Battlefield 3 Shortcut DLC announced for PlayStation 3 last week has now arrived on Xbox 360.
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.
On the PlayStation Store today you can fork out £50 for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13, and £48 for 280,000 coins to use in the game. A bargain at £98.
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".
Battlefield 3 developer DICE has started selling "shortcut" item unlocks for the PlayStation 3 version of its best-selling FPS.
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.
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.
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.
EA is considering adopting a subscription model for future Battlefield titles, according to the publisher's games chief Patrick Soderlund.
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.
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.
Developer DICE will announce a new weekly blog that will preview everything being made for Battlefield 3, EA has informed Eurogamer.
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.
Major community site Battlefieldo has handed EA and DICE an ultimatum: communicate with fans or "we're going to black out the entire Battlefield  community for one day, 24 hours - no playing, no posting and no tweeting".
Don't stand Origin directly next to Steam yet, EA's Peter Moore has asked - "give us 18 months to two years".
Battlefield 3 developer DICE has told fans it is working on a number of fixes for the game.
Alienware has admitted it is possible to build your own X51 for under the £700 asking price, but declared: if you can do it, you're not the target audience.
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.
Star Wars: The Old Republic currently has 1.7 million active subscribers, publisher EA has announced.
Battlefield 3 developer DICE is now hiring an "Anti-Cheat Administrator".
EA has begun rectifying around 150 "faulty bans" issued to legitimate, law-abiding Battlefield 3 gamers on PC.
Update: EA has responded to Eurogamer with a statement that has already been aired on the Battlelog forum.
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.
Battlefield 3 developer DICE is to intensify its crackdown on cheats in its FPS sequel.
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.
Modern Warfare 3 was the best selling video game in the UK last year, UKIE and GfK Chart-Track have revealed.
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.
EA is anticipating a trademark dispute over a number of helicopters featured in last year's FPS Battlefield 3.
UK boxed video game sales weren't as bad last year as some had expected, an annual UKIE and GfK Chart-Track report has discovered.
DICE wants your feedback as it works out how to tweak Battlefield 3's accessories.
The most pirated PC game of 2011 wasn't Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3 or Skyrim - it was Crysis 2.
EA will this weekend knock 50 per cent off the PC version of Battlefield 3 at digital platform Origin.
Battlefield 3 developer DICE is aware of an issue with the Back to Karkand DLC on PlayStation 3 that occasionally borks a number of weapons and is working on a fix.
The Battlefield 3 Physical Warfare Pack is out now for PC and Xbox 360, DICE has announced.
An eagle-eyed gamer has spotted what looks like a hint that EA plans to launch a Battlefield 2142 sequel.
Battlefield 3 was the fifth fastest-rising search on Google in 2011.
PlayStation 3 users can now download Battlefield 3's Physical Warfare pack free of charge, DICE has announced.
DICE considers a voice over internet protocol issue currently plaguing the PlayStation 3 version of Battlefield 3 a "top priority", MP1st reports.
Battlefield 3 add-on Back to Karkand has been released on Xbox Live, along with a substantial title update.
Xbox.com claims the Battlefield Multiplayer Update is 2.07GB.
Back to Karkand, on the other hand, is only 108KB.
Google Street View has been transformed into a distinctly ghoulish first person shooter by a Dutch ad firm.
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.
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.
The International Committee of the Red Cross is investigating whether developers should be asked to better respect and reflect international humanitarian law in their video games.
Battlefield 3's Back to Karkand DLC arrives on US PSN on Tuesday 6th December, Sony has announced.
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".
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.
New Nvidia GeForce drivers have been released that improve performance of games Batman: Arkham City, Skyrim, Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3, among others.
Iran's police have outlawed Battlefield 3 - the video game is now illegal.
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.
This Saturday (26th November), European PS3 owners of Battlefield 3 can finally claim a free full-game voucher for Battlefield 1943.
UK video game mega-chain Game Group is worth 90 per cent less today than a year ago.
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.
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".
EA is being taken to court for failing to keep its promise that the PlayStation 3 version of Battlefield 3 would include a free copy of Battlefield 1943.
EA plans to change its banning policy amid complaints that players are being locked out of their games unfairly.
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.
EA has banned hundreds of Battlefield 3 cheaters across all platforms.
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.
Graphics card maker Nvidia has pointed to games such as Battlefield 3 as evidence that the PC platform is way ahead of current generation consoles.
DICE has revealed the aspects of Battlefield 3 it is investigating as it prepares an update.
There are "issues" with the downloadable version of Battlefield 3 on PS3, EA has confirmed.
The first DLC for Battlefield 3 isn't out yet - but that hasn't stopped EA from confirming the next game in the series.
Battlefield 3 moved past Modern Warfare 2 to become the second most played game on Xbox Live last week.
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.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer is designed to make life hard on campers, according to co-developer Sledgehammer Games.
The cold, wet London weather couldn't dampen the spirits of Infinity Ward last night as it celebrated the launch of Modern Warfare 3 at the stroke of midnight.
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.
Animal rights group PETA has accused Battlefield 3 developer DICE of encouraging sadistic violence towards animals.
Battlefield 3 has clung to the top spot in the UK all format charts, denying PlayStation 3 exclusive Uncharted 3 a first place finish.
Battlefield 3 developer DICE has detailed various fixes and improvements that its made to its FPS sequel since launch.
Battlefield 3 has failed to knock Call of Duty from its perch on top of the weekly Xbox Live activity chart.
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 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.
UPDATE: DICE has posted a more detailed run-down of the fixes it's currently working on, via its Battlefield blog.
More evidence has surfaced that suggests Battlefield 3 will, at some point, be sold on Steam.
Battlefield 3 has stormed the UK chart to arrive first in the all-formats listing.
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?
EA has shipped more than 10 million copies of Battlefield 3 to retailers, the publisher has announced.
The PlayStation 3 version of Battlefield 3 does not include Battlefield 1943 - despite publisher EA's promise that it would.
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.
The console version of Battlefield 3 is roughly equivalent to the PC game running at the lowest graphics setting, according to DICE.
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.
The PC version of first-person shooter Battlefield 3 is what gamers can expect from the next-generation of consoles, developer DICE has said.
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.
EA has teased a Medal of Honor sequel with a leaflet found inside Battlefield 3.
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.
You don't have to kill cops to complete an objective in Battlefield 3, developer DICE has confirmed.
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:
GameStop UK will sell you Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for £0.99 if you trade-in Battlefield 3.
Installing Battlefield 3 to the Xbox 360 hard-drive "absolutely" makes a difference, developer DICE has said.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 developer Glen Schofield has apologised for criticising Battlefield 3 developer DICE.
Over five million people use Origin every day, EA has said.
Battlefield 3 pre-orders stand at a "couple [of] million" a week ahead of launch, EA has revealed.
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.
Battlefield 3 developer DICE has unveiled five more of the game's multiplayer maps, via the Battleblog.
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."
Battlefield 3 developer DICE has lifted the lid on a few of the game's multiplayer maps.
Battlefield 3 isn't like Modern Warfare 3 at all, DICE has insisted.
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.
A sequence in Battlefield 3 asks you to shoot police officers in order to finish a mission, according to the game's ESRB listing.
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:
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.
UPDATE: Green Man Gaming has sent Eurogamer the following statement:
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.
The Battlefield 3 Xbox 360 achievements roster is in the wild.
EA and Valve are currently in "late-stage talks" to secure a Steam release for the PC version of Battlefield 3, according to an alleged insider.
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.
Playing the Battlefield 3 beta on an unofficial server may net you an Origin account ban, DICE has warned.
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.
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.
The PlayStation Network will be offline tonight, Thursday 29th September, from 5pm to 7pm UK time, Sony has announced.
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.
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.
EA has recommitted to having third party games on Origin and, in a dig at rival service Steam, talked about how to treat other publishers.
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.
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.
New Nvidia drivers released today improve the performance of upcoming first-person shooter Battlefield 3 by a whopping 38 per cent.
The Commander role didn't make it into Battlefield 3 because DICE felt it was "a bit flawed", general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson has revealed.
PlayStation 3 owners will get DLC content a week before other formats, DICE has revealed.
EA has received a whopping 1.5 million pre-orders for upcoming first-person shooter Battlefield 3, an analyst has revealed.
DICE has revealed the system specifications for Battlefield 3 on PC.
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.
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,
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.
Battlefield 3 may get Camaros after all, DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson has told Eurogamer.
DICE has documented the five Battlefield 3 multiplayer modes. They are Team Deathmatch, Squad Deathmatch, Rush, Squad Rush and Conquest.
Over the weekend, developer build footage of Battlefield 3 on Xbox 360 was splashed onto the internet. EA subsequently yanked it down.
Eurogamer has discovered what is on each of the two Xbox 360 Battlefield 3 DVD discs.
Battlefield: Bad Company 1 and 2 were "adventure flicks", according to lead designer David Goldfarb.
Call of Duty publisher Activision has ousted the owners of www.ModernWarfare3.com after a long-running legal battle.
The PC version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 features LAN support and extensive class control options for created games.
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.
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.
Battlefield 3 may span two Xbox 360 DVD discs.
Vehicle armour in Battlefield 3 will replenish if kept out of the line of enemy fire, DICE has revealed.
Battlefield 3 boasts a longer unlock tree than Battlefield: Bad Company 2, developer DICE has revealed.
Battlefield 3 won't put civilians in harm's way because, DICE believes, players tend towards doing "bad things".
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.
Gamers will have "thousands" of ways to customise their arsenal in Battlefield 3, according to developer DICE.
UK gamers can play the PC version of Battlefield 3 this weekend at a huge LAN party.
Battlefield 3's Team Deathmatch mode supports a maximum of 24 players on all platforms.
DICE's Battlefield 3 has been voted Game of the Show of Gamescom 2011 by nine Eurogamer Network sites.
And so the playground spat between two of the biggest publishers in the business rumbles on.
Battlefield will eventually outsell Call of Duty, EA reckons.
DICE has released a list, a really big list, of stuff inside Battlefield 3.
Gulp, here goes: Battlefield 3 stat-tracking feature Battlelog acts as the PC game's main menu, DICE has revealed.
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.
There won't be split-screen co-op in Battlefield 3, developer DICE has confirmed.
Eurogamer is proud to announce the 10 nominees for its Game of the Show, gamescom 2011!
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.
EA's Steam rival Origin is required to play upcoming shooter Battlefield 3, developer DICE has confirmed.
Battlefield 3 should keep you going for a while - the upcoming shooter has years' worth of unlocks, developer DICE has claimed.
Battlefield 3 will not be sold through Steam, EA has confirmed.
Varying Battlefield 3 goodies await, depending on which shop you place a UK pre-order with.
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.
Battlefield developer DICE has no plans to follow Call of Duty's lead and annualise its FPS series, according to executive producer Patrick Bach.
Update: The Battlefield 3 beta early access pre-order incentive can now be seen on the UK Origin store.
Pre-order Battlefield 3 on Origin to get early access to the beta. If you live in the US.
Battlefield 3 will likely feature some kind of online pass, developer DICE has announced.
Best selling author and former SAS man Andy McNab has co-written a Battlefield 3 book with a chap called Peter Grimsdale.
Battlefield 3 developer DICE has moved to calm console gamers upset the game only runs at 30 frames-per-second on PS3 and Xbox 360.
Pre-orders of Battlefield 3 are ten times higher than those of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, EA has announced.
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.
Battlefield 3's pre-order numbers are "roughly comparable" with those of Call of Duty: Black Ops, according to industry analyst firm Cowen & Company.
US giant GameStop has said EA won't sell upcoming first-person shooter Battlefield 3 on Valve's Steam.
Activision has filed a $2600 complaint against www.ModernWarfare3.com - a URL that caused commotion due to redirecting visitors to the Battlefield 3 website.
A book, simply called Battlefield 3, has turned up on online shops.
On the day the Call of Duty: Elite beta goes live the first images of EA's Battlefield 3 Battlelog have surfaced on the internet. Fancy that.
The website www.ModernWarfare3.com redirects visitors to the official Battlefield 3 website, www.battlefield.com.
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.
EA has explained why Battlefield 3 does not feature modding tools.
Battlefield 3 won't follow fellow military shooter Call of Duty's lead and feature cackling Russian supervillains, developer DICE has said.
Battlefield 3 runs at 30 frames per second on console - it's the chink in the armour that the makers of Modern Warfare 3 have begun prying open.
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.
On console, Battlefield 3 produces a 720p resolution at 30 frames per second.
Battlefield 3's controversial pre-order incentive DLC pack will be available to all players later this year, developer DICE has confirmed.
Activision botched the announcement of its Call of Duty: Elite community portal, so says EA boss John Riccitiello.
Amid a player revolt over pre-order bonuses, EA has insisted Battlefield 3 downloadable weapons are not designed to be overpowered or imbalanced.
Battlefield 3 fans aren't happy that EA appears to be giving people who pre-order the Limited Edition: Physical Warfare Pack an unfair advantage.
Seconds out, round whatever: EA's John Riccitiello and Activision's Bobby Kotick are at it again.
EA has defended its Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 bashing as it gears up to the launch of Battlefield 3, saying it's only having "a bit of fun" with it.
Now Activision has announced Call of Duty: Elite, parts of which cost money to use, will rival EA ever make gamers pay to play Battlefield online?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Activision has brushed off Electronic Arts' aim to dent Call of Duty's position at the top of the first-person shooter pile with Battlefield 3.
Pre-order the Battlefield 3: Limited Edition from Game or Gamestation and you'll get the Physical Warfare Pack.
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.
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.
EA has ramped up the saber rattling ahead of this year's Battlefield vs Call of Duty showdown, arguing its game is "superior" to Activision's franchise in every way.
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.
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.
Hotly anticipated shooter Battlefield 3 features a 12-hour campaign, according to a report.
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.
Battlefield 3 developer DICE has fired off a few rounds at its competitors, accusing other military shooters of recycling the same old formula.
The technology underpinning DICE's stunning-looking Battlefield 3 will raise the first-person shooter bar, EA has confidently proclaimed.
If you pre-order the Battlefield 3: Limited Edition on PC then EA will give you the Back to Karkand expansion for free.
Dedicated servers are part of the Battlefield 3 plan, DICE has revealed.
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).
Battlefield 3 will feature spotting, developer DICE has confirmed.
EA's forthcoming Battlefield 3 FPS will cut a destructive swathe through Paris, New York and Tehran, according to retailer information.
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.
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 has revealed its out-there strategy to take the FPS crown away from Activision and its Call of Duty series: make a superior game.
Battlefield developer DICE has promised the third instalment in the series will be just as enjoyable on PC as it is on consoles.
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.
EA's asked the press to give Battlefield 3 developer DICE some space following requests for more info on the game.
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".
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).