It’s Coming: Battlefield 3 At GDC 2011

It’s true. The third Battlefield game is going to be shown at an EA Partners press event at GDC in San Francisco, on Tuesday, March 1, 2011. Convenient, because I am going to be there. The game is due to release in the final six months of 2011, according to EA. Will it really have been six years since Battlefield 2? Oof.


  1. Out Reach says:

    “the final six months of 2011” Read 11/11/11 Let’s be honest, everyone is going to release everything on that date.

    • JustOneWay says:

      It would demonstrate some awesome level of crass to release a wargame on armistice day, would it not?

    • The Hammer says:

      Yeah, that’s just implausible, especially after the Taliban debate.

  2. Theory says:

    Dur dur dur de DUN DUN!

  3. Ricc says:

    Goosebumps confirmed.

  4. obvioustroll says:

    You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.

    Erm, what i meant to say was “Hooray”

  5. xcession says:

    I love BF, but i’m going to wildly speculate up front that yet again the server browser is somewhere between “unusable” and “buggy”, or they unilaterally decide PC gamers don’t want one at all, until the second point release at which point they back-pedal.

    • Theory says:

      The Bad Company 2 browser’s problem is that it doesn’t show anything until the whole list has been received and every server in it has been pinged. As long as you set very aggressive filters, including specifying a map and gametype, it’s actually okay.

    • xcession says:

      As far as i’m aware no significant server browser problems remain with BFBC2, but when it was first released, christ! Same with bf2142. Same with BF2. Fool me once, DICE…

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      Evil Timmy says:

      Yeah, as long as you set Region and Gametype, as well as check Not Empty/Full, the server list only takes a few short seconds to update. Still enjoying BF:V, especially Phu Bai Valley and Hastings in Conquest…both have big open areas that lead to close combat by the flags, and there’s enough cover and terrain for both vehicle and anti-vehicle ops to be a lot of fun.

      Mod support would be great for BF3, though. Desert Combat was what finally convinced me to buy into the series years ago (rather than just playing at friends’ houses or LAN cafes), and that could provide a major distinction between BF and Call of Duty. To encourage it, they could even say that the most popular mod on PC after 9 months gets turned into console DLC and the dev team gets a share of the revenue.

  6. skinlo says:

    It will considerably undersell on the PC, and DICE will announce they won’t create any more PC games ever. Trust me.

    • rocketman71 says:

      They’re not creating PC games now, just console ports with “special PC platform things” like mouse and keyboard.

      Big loss.

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    • The Hammer says:

      Er, like Battlefield Bad Company 2 did?

      Are you a sales analyst? With what evidence did you come to that conclusion? Crysis? Crysis sold more than a million copies, and, besides, Battlefield and DICE are treat with far more goodwill than Crytek, I reckon.

    • subedii says:

      @ The Hammer:

      Actually, latest stats are that Crysis sold over 3 million units. Warhead about 1.5 million.


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      It’s too early to talk BF3 specifics. But it’s never too early for me to acknowledge that PC players have a fear that BF3 will be “consolized.” PC gaming is alive and well, BFBC2 has proven that and no one at DICE or EA can argue with the numbers. Battlefield 3 needs an extra bit of special attention on the PC. I intend to give it that attention, tradition and our community demand it.

    • The Hammer says:

      Ah, it’s nice to be righter than I thought I was.

    • Heliosicle says:

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      2 244 068 pc players which is just behind the 360 version. taking into account people that made 1 or more soldiers, thats still 1.8-2 million I’d say, which really isn’t bad!.

    • Flameberge says:

      And also remember, PC Gamers were the first ones to do enough squad actions to unlock Operation Hastings or whatever it was called on Battlefield Vietnam. I’m glad DICE seemingly remember the PC is Battlefield’s home.

      To be honest, I want three main things from BF3: Bring me back my 64 player maps (or even push it to 128), bring me back my planes, and bring me back my prone button. I hope I get all three. I have a feeling that due to it being developed concurrently, they aren’t going to create a version of Battlefield that is obviously superior on one platform, so the expanded maps might not be out. (Though I guess MAG on PS3 would suggest it could be done… but then, despite the huge maps, it funnelled small 5 man squads towards each other rather than having massed battles, so not really comparative.)

    • Jason Moyer says:

      64 players and planes would be nice. Prone is nice in a military sim (like the BiS) games but it was really poorly implemented in the older BF games. I just hope they keep the best parts of BC2 like the squad-tactics-for-dummies, destructible terrain, and rush mode.

    • GoodPatton says:

      Who cares what PC gamers think anymore? Go jump off a Sandy Bridge…

  7. patricij says:

    So…are we, the owners of Tier1 edition of MoH, getting the beta anytime soon? :)

    • The Hammer says:

      Oh, I do hope so. Picked up the Medal of Honor Tier 1 edition at GAME for 20 quid a week ago; thought I might as well get it for my dad. That good deed, it seems, will have its reward!

  8. Songbearer says:

    But what about 2142, the best Battlefield game to date? :(

    • EthZee says:

      See, I’m likely to agree with you. A lot of people didn’t like it, but I think I might have preferred 2142 over 2. There was just something about the universe and the new tech that appealed to me more. Plus, 2142 was the one I started playing with online peeps, so I have the best memories of it.

      It wasn’t perfect (fucking laggy titans) but when it worked well it was awesome.

    • Ricc says:

      2142 was my first Battlefield, so I still like it a lot. The one big innovation just didn’t work, though… Most server admins would kick you for moving your Titan as a commander.

    • mwoody says:

      Agreed wholeheartedly. But then, I tended to spend hours at a time trying to kill people with drop pods. There was just something about coming screaming down onto a transport and then appearing in the midst of wreckage and blood like some sort of cyborg from the future, ready to kick ass.

    • PureUncut says:

      2142 had a distinct lack of enemy boats being spotted.

    • Alexander Norris says:

      2142 was the best balanced and most interesting BF. As it’s the only one that is still really good today, I maintain that DICE are just terrible but managed to luck into making it. :(

  9. DarkFenix says:

    It’ll suck, rest assured. Battlefield 2 was an excellent game, it had a couple of glaring balance issues (aircraft, aircraft and aircraft) but aside from that it was balanced, the map design was great, unlockables didn’t become a silly over-focus of the whole thing and everything just fit.

    Then perhaps anyone intelligent at Dice saw what was coming and hastily quit, as the rest of the team churned out a bland, watered down, hollow echo of its predecessor. Yes, I mean BF2142. It was buggier, it was samey, the map design was horrendous.

    Now, three horseshit games down the line and BF3 is finally on the way (I neither know nor care if they were actually developed by the same guys). Sorry Dice, but you used up my reserve of faith years ago, BF3 is going to have to be God’s own gift to gaming to make me give a shit.

    • skinlo says:

      You’ve already stated that BF2 wasn’t perfect, so if BF3 was as good as that, would you enjoy it? Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face just to make a statement.

      Plus, lots of people enjoy BC2, so it can’t be that bad, even if you didn’t enjoy it.

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      I always assumed BF2142 was rushed out to compete with Quake Wars.

    • runbmp says:

      You worded exactly how I felt. I bought BC2 thinking it would be a return to the good old BF2 however I was quickly reminded that i’m playing a console port.

      However that’s the nature of things on the PC, consoles now take precedence and we get the left overs of a bad ports and game designs for console.

      I wont disregard completely but I’ll definitely do a try before you buy.

    • xcession says:

      Fenix, You appear to completely discount BFBC2. I can only assume its due to the consoly nature.

      I knew that BC2 would be consoly before I bought it and although it had a bit of a rocky start before the first patches, the game is thoroughly enjoyable now. Other people appear to have assumed BC2 was BF3 and unsurprisingly been massively disappointed, yet to this day *still* remained incapable of a little perspective and liking it for what it is.

      Given that BF3 is Frostbite based, BF3 is basically going to be Bad Company 2 turned up to 11. Given that BC2 is pretty damned good, despite your apparent misgivings, I fully expect BF3 to rock!

    • subedii says:

      Basically what Xcession said.

    • GoodPatton says:

      I spent so much more time in BF2142 than in BF2 but I still called BF2 a better game cause I’m a huge hypocrite.

      Walking Mech’s, Hover Copters and Titan mode was all I needed.

    • GoodPatton says:

      Also, BFBC2 is the best multishooty since BF214…BF2…

  10. Mattressi says:

    I just can’t get excited about this: there’s no way in hell I’m upgrading to Windows 7 just for one game, especially when the game will likely be a typical console port with console graphics that EA’s been paid off by MS to lock to DX10 even though it really doesn’t use it. But I guess it’s only me and a little under 40% of PC gamers (according to the Steam survey) that are in this predicament.

    • skinlo says:

      Hey, not every is backwards :P

    • Stephen Roberts says:

      Windows 7 isn’t a kick in the teeth like vista. You’d probably be comfortably pleased if you upgraded. And it’s usually not much hassle. And it doesn’t cost much if you are morally questionable in your sourcing of Windows 7.

      Plus you get to play Just Cause 2, which is a good enough reason to make the move.

    • GoodPatton says:

      Not upgrading to Windows 7 was like not updating to Windows XP from Windows 98…don’t be a caveman, dummy!

      For your health!

  11. Mungrul says:

    I hope they’re using the Frostbite engine again. I picked up BFBC2 in the Steam sales this Christmas, not really expecting much except an entertaining shooter, but the engine blew me away. Incredible stuff.
    I just wish developers would ditch the whole class levelling thing in multiplayer FPS games.
    Yes, we know that COD makes Activision a shitload of cash, but that doesn’t mean everyone else has to follow suit.

    I briefly tried the multi-player of BFBC2 with a friend after thoroughly enjoying the single-player campaign, only to be disgusted that I’d have to play a few games before even getting a med-kit for my medic, and from what I could see, the system they implemented actively discourages flitting between classes.
    Absolutely fucking stupid. You want competitive multi-player, level the playing field, don’t create disparity.
    It speaks volumes that I still think the last, truly great online FPS was RtCW, and not Wolf ET. Objective based gameplay, well designed maps and fair team configurations. AND NO STUPID RPG-LITE ELEMENTS.
    If someone handed you your ass in RtCW, it wasn’t because they’d unlocked more shit than you, but simply that they were more skilled.

    Bah, sorry for the rant, it just really gets my goat to see such a promising game spoiled by a bad case of “Me too!”. And using my case as an example, this implementation actively discourages new players from joining an established community. Well played eejits!

    • skinlo says:

      They are using the Frostbite 2 engine.

    • GoodPatton says:

      BFBC2 is one of the few multishoots that I actually did flit between all classes. Generally I’m an assault guy, but this game managed to make me like even sniping which normally goes against my rambo-esque way of playing. Though I only really started to genuinely jump between classes after I had fully unlocked each class individually.

      Ah, good ol RtCW.

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  13. Web Cole says:

    It had better be 64 player servers (or more) is all I can say. Anything else is a step backwards, I want bigger, badder, more chaotic battlefields.

    The real question though is will it be better than PR? Doubtful.

    • Sweedums says:

      the only way it can be better than PR is if they release mod tools and have PR made for it…. i want PR scale and awesomeness with BC2 level graphics and destruction…. yummy

    • Mungrul says:

      Having played MAG on the PS3, it would be nice to see an FPS game on the PC out-do that for sheer number of players, but I doubt BF3 is the game to do that. I suspect the advanced physics engine of Frostbite 2 takes up quite a lot of bandwidth, bandwidth that would otherwise go towards player count.

    • Web Cole says:

      Doesn’t have to be more players than MAG, 100, 128 something like that. I’d take larger servers over fancy explosions (just)

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  15. DXN says:

    Man, what a load of moaning minnies. DICE have over three trillion years of manshoot-making experience now; BFBC2 is a great example of the genre, BF2142 had some neat ideas even if it was a bit rushed, they put tons of support into BF2, there’s those other spinoffs and whatnots, and in conclusion, BF3 will be super, whether or not it takes a couple of patches to get there.

    But hey, haters gonna be irate.

    • DXN says:

      … though having said that, yeah, Project Reality will still be better. But PR > all.

  16. farkeman says:

    i rly doubt that frostbite 2 has enough muscle for something good like battlefield 2 and since the 3rd game is going to be multi platform i wouldnt go happy mode on this =/

    still getting this , but it wont be anything like it should be for sure …

  17. Nick says:

    I’ll believe the special PC attention when I see it.

  18. Stabby says:

    When EA says special attention, they really mean a 5-6 month delay from the console version release, right?

  19. Στέλιος says:

    Squads & commander still in place, I hope. Loved that about BF2…

  20. po says:

    When I see that all the mod teams that made BF2 so great, have been contacted to give them beta access (including an SDK), and are making some progress with mods, then I’ll actually believe EA/DICE, otherwise they can shove it, because it’ll be pretty much a forgone conclusion that it’s another shitty console port, like every other damn FPS since I stopped playing BF2.

    (it may be a bit hard to see on that version, but the Teletubby is carrying the MG36 from BF2)

  21. Surgeon says:

    You bunch of dirty cynics, it’s going to be great I tell thee, great, great, great!

  22. DOLBYdigital says:

    Please support MODS… please!
    That is all I ask, since this lets us fix any issues and make it a better game than it ever could be coming from a major dev. However this will be using the new Frostbyte engine so I can almost guarantee it won’t support modding and won’t have dedicated servers…… sigh

  23. Warth0g says:

    Can’t wait for this.. DICE are the shooter supremos although they never get it right on release… but in early 2012 this will ROCK!

  24. TitusCrow says:

    I fear for this game… on so many levels. It will not be a day one purchase for me that’s for sure. I want reams of solid opinion from stoic hardboiled PC guru’s, near brought to tear’s by the old school sensibilities of the game. Then I’ll get it.

    I also don’t like definitive dates for game releases. This crap is for marketing men and 2nd quarter shareholders meetings. It means ship and be damned, hope its not to buggy and patch it after wards while many people who paid for a game get an unfinished one which is being finished in instalments.

    Definitive release dates quality be damned, are a lot of what is to blame behind the sub standard releases which are becoming all to common these days.