Friendly: Battlefield 3 Reveals Co-Op Mode

Some not co-op.

The headline says it all, really. The single-player game of Battlefield 3, which hasn’t had much attention so far, will be playable with a chum. The demonstration was shown on PS3, meaning it looked nowhere near as good as the trailer that followed, with the two developers pretending to not know what they were doing (and to be playing). They totally rescued a hostage! They drove a tank together! They revived each other! But there you go – co-op. In Battlefield 3. Got it? Good. And new screenshots! Added below.

EA released eight new shots today, two of which are so awful I won’t trouble you with them. The rest are brills though!


  1. Evil Otto says:

    The Co-op seemed ok, but it was the mp video at the end of the presentation that really blew me away.

    • Ephaelon says:

      I love the little robot comic-relief moment.

    • Evil Otto says:

      yes, and strangely enough, I was suprised by the realness of the ‘bumping’ animation. I’ve never seen that before in any game.

  2. Zakkeh says:

    It was on a PS3…

    • Vagrant says:

      Pretty sure they’re going to be showing it on consoles a lot from now on. Even though I don’t pay attention, I’ve still heard plenty of concern from the lesser beings over if the game will be any good on console. EA obviously wants to dispell any fears in what will most likely be their largest market.

  3. godgoo says:

    My interest in this game has really waned, the more I see it doesn’t seem different enough from BC2 to me.

    I shall have to wait n’ see in the beta access I was promised!

    EDIT: Just saw the ‘Caspain Border’ footage… oh my!

  4. Flukie says:

    I would of thought they would be showing large scale multiplayer with lots of vehicles including jets since everything i’ve seen so far doesn’t make it look like the direct sequel to the second like they started off speaking about.

    • westyfield says:

      They did, afterwards.
      Edit: it’s up on Youtube now: link to

    • The Hammer says:

      So, uh, October. Can we nuke September out of the calendar?

    • 0p8 says:

      i think i may have changed my mind after seeing that Caspian Border MP trailer……..nice.

    • Theory says:

      Now we’re talking. :)

    • Highstorm says:

      I’d convinced myself I was capable of skipping BF3 ’cause I really didn’t want Origin.

      But then I watched that video…

    • Rii says:

      Hot sex!

    • acidtestportfolio says:

      damn it, battlefield 3, QUIT PLAYING GAMES WITH MY HEART

    • MajorManiac says:

      With the panicky radio chatter and thumping soundtrack, I get a very strong Terminator vibe from this video.

      This is how they should have done Terminator Salvation.

    • Telemikus says:

      Oh my… That two minutes just whupped every trailer released for BF3 combined.

      I actually just had a physiological repsonse to watching that, and it affected the area of my brain usually restricted to seeing the real, uncovered wabs of ladies I’d been thinking about for a long long time. Creepy but true.

      Surely this is what all BF3 trailers should be showing us?

      – Checks bank balance for upgrade funds… says a little prayer to the flying spaghetti monster –

    • Theory says:

      1080p downloads:


  5. SprintJack says:

    Am i only one who think the jets were realy slow?

    EDIT: NEW 64p gameplay!

    link to

    • Tei says:

      A flat valley don’t look like a interesting map. No hills to conquer, or any other terrain with militar adventage. It seems to have a big bridge, these can be interesting chocke points.

    • SuperMeatHead says:

      Choke points…makes me think of Brink.

    • Joshua says:

      Jets have been spefically slowed down in the BF games, because they would be impossible to hit, and anyone who’d take off would immeaditely be shot for desertion.

    • PatrickSwayze says:


      The map looks awesome!

    • 0p8 says:

      Tei is just trying his hardest to come up with reasons not to buy (but he knows he will)

  6. westyfield says:

    Wait, where were you watching it? I saw no tank, and it was on PS3.

    Also, it needs a ‘press X to be a twat’ feature.

  7. Burning Man says:

    How do you come up with so many varieties of humour? Do you like, pick from a list? “Hmm… haven’t done ‘surprised but sarcastic’ for 15 articles now. People will eat it up.”

    Whatever it is, it works. If you could break it into tiny pieces for me to analyze, that’d be great too, because I love to analyze stuff.

  8. The JG Man says:

    That Conquest video eclipsed the entire talk. Holy Shit Quotient indeed.

  9. Clavus says:

    There goes my last reason to ever buy MW3 (because I liked Spec Ops). BF3 is a complete package now.
    The MP demo at the end was phenomenal.

    Halfway the co-op demo I noticed something strange with the crosshair (big circle for the machine gun), but apparently they took note of it at DICE too: link to

  10. UnravThreads says:

    Anyone else giggle at the drone in the MP trailer?

    • westyfield says:

      I genuinely laughed out loud. It’s the way it just appears, everything goes quiet, you hear a *dink*, then it’s JETS and GUNFIRE and EXPLOSIONS.

    • UnravThreads says:

      I wonder if DICE got Michael Blam-blam-splosion-Bay to direct the trailer.

    • niasyn says:

      I chortled.

  11. Rirse says:

    No Steam, No Sale

    • UnravThreads says:

      Can’t tell if trolling or serious.

    • Stellar Duck says:

      Why is it that impossible to buy it on any of the million other outlets? Any number them are cheaper as well. Steam is really ripping people off with their prices. Or at least they are if you happen to live in continental Europe.

    • Nick says:

      No shirt no shoes no service.

    • db1331 says:

      I’m as big a Steam fan as the next guy. I tried to give Origin its fair shake. They sent me an email saying thanks for playing the Alpha, and that if I pre-ordered BF3 from them I could have a free copy of Mass Effect 2, Dead Space 2, or Medal of Honor. I took DS 2 since I already had ME 2, and MoH is just meh. When I tried to launch DS 2 from Origin, it would hang on a black screen at start up. I could play it if I ran the .exe manually. So, I just added the game to Steam, and now I play it without even opening Origin.

      I got a 2nd email from Origin the other day thanking me for pre-ordering BF3 early, and giving me a coupon code for ANOTHER free game. I took MoH this time. So all in all, I got a $30 game and a $20 game for pre-ordering a $60 game that I was going to get anyway. Origin can throw all the free games they want at me, I’m still just going to keep adding them to Steam.

    • Joshua says:

      The thing is that with origin, YOU CAN. Try running steam in offline mode. If the game wants to update, you will not be able to run the game untill you are online again (Even if the update has not started yet). If steam want sto update, it will not start in offline mode at all, but quit. You can perfectly run stuff without origin. You can’t without steam.

      But honestly, you don’t need to use origin either. There’s plenty of retail stores out there (a friend of mine is a particalular fan of something called “The Hut”, or I think that it was called). I fail to see the need for this ‘Steam loyalty’, especially since it has the tendency to force it.

    • Synesthesia says:

      i’m slowly beggining to think ill eventually buy it on origin, buy i can get what this guy is saying. I live in argentina, and the steam community is huge for a country with such rampant piracy. Which is cool, cause paying in dollars here is just for rich people.

      There are many parts of it that are kind of a deal breaker. I wont be able to play it with my online friends, which is kind of a must, and re-doing my list is kind of a drag.

      This does NOT feel like competition. I feel forced to use the damn thing. If this works, like it obviously will, (just fucking look at that sky and that jet), think of the bullshit maybe the other big companies will pull. I’m forcing myself not to buy this, just to avoid the kind of abuse this asholes are pulling off. I know about the half life thing when valve started, this is different. Digital distribution was a toddler back then, now competition is the name of the game. This is not it.

    • Theory says:

      Joshua, if you are in offline mode then updates aren’t checked for. That’s the whole point. Unless you’re complaining that you can’t play a half-patched game, which is just silly?

  12. westyfield says:

    Because John is a tasteless bumface, here’s a link to one of the pictures he missed out. It’s a map. PC GAMING!

  13. Sian says:

    Co-op, yes. But on the other hand: Origin.

    • Cyampagn says:

      May I call you ‘idiot’? Because any rational person would call you that way.

    • Tams80 says:

      Portal 2:

      Co-op, yes. But on the other hand: Steam.

  14. Tmoore says:

    While i’m not psyched it’s on Origin – it’s no deal breaker, these vids however – are incredible. BF3 is shaping up to really deliver on the hype, IMHO. If i have to play on origin, so be it.

  15. Bipolar.Bear.Disorder says:

    I’m not the biggest PC gamer around – I’ve got an okay rig that can run Team Fortress 2 pretty well on a good day, racked up 350 hours somehow – but this game will probably be the one that will force me to drop my PS3 controller and finally build a proper gaming rig.

    How much would it cost me to run Battlefield 3 looking as amazing as the Caspian Border multiplayer trailer EA had just released?

    • Theory says:

      Unknown, only the minimum specs have been published so far. But if you really want to max everything out and still hit 60fps during a 64-player battle, especially if you don’t have any good hardware already, expect to pay through the nose!

    • Bipolar.Bear.Disorder says:

      But how much exactly? I want to know how much limbs I’m going to have to give away to play this game.

    • dontnormally says:


    • Jockie says:

      Think I am going to have to consider a hefty upgrade myself after seeing that Trailer, jesus wept, that looks good.

    • Bipolar.Bear.Disorder says:


      That’s considerably more expensive than what the folks at Kotaku have been telling me. That price includes the monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc?

    • Spider Jerusalem says:

      $2000+ is just entirely wrong.

      Assuming you have a monitor already, etc., you can upgrade for ~$700 into something that will make BF3 look pretty.

      A system built around an AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE (or you can go with Sandy Bridge) an HD 6870, and 4-8GB of some decent RAM will run anything on max if you play at 1680X1050.

    • Theory says:

      Toward the end of 2009 I built an almost-top-of-the-range machine for £700 all in, which converts to $1100 even before you take into account components being much cheaper in the US. The only upgrade I might want for BF3 is a new video card for around £150/$250…but unless the difference between DX10 and 11 is huge I’ll probably won’t bother.

    • Bipolar.Bear.Disorder says:

      Well, that’s much more cheaper than I expected. I thought I’d have to go upwards of $1000 to even come close to the footage they’re showing. I mean, if I’m going to get into PC gaming, I’d rather go head-first into it instead of half-assing everything.

    • Spider Jerusalem says:

      It doesn’t really make sense to spend a ton on a computer at once (because new tech is constantly rolling out), really. I’ve found that buying in at ~$700 and staying on top of upgrades every two years or so is the way to do things.

      Unless you’re obscenely rich in which case let me send you my address.

  16. Tams80 says:

    Well, that’s a pre-order from me.

  17. westyfield says:

    Karl Troedsson on Twitter:
    “Oh BTW, like I just confirmed in my first interview: There will be a commo rose on PC in #BF3 but it’s not in the build shown at #GamesCom.”
    link to

  18. PickyBugger says:

    It’d be nice if you could change the FOV in single player as well as multiplayer. I couldn’t play through the singleplayer on BC2 because it gave me a headache and appeared like the character was running around wearing horse blinders.

  19. gwathdring says:

    Damn. That’s one gorgeous game. I like the aesthetic. Sure, it’s quite clearly a modern-day, realistic shooter. But they do some great things with lighting and make a great use of color within the washed out grey palette they chose. It feels refreshingly not-brown.

  20. dontnormally says:


    2. The little robot guy running into the wall made me Literally Laugh Audibly

  21. neolith says:

    Nice – now all I need is a version without Origin.

  22. MajorManiac says:

    For me the Terminator vibe was so strong in the multi-player vid, I couldn’t help but make a youtube mash-up.

    link to

  23. clumsyandshy says:

    That multiplayer video made me so excited I had to log in and post a comment about my excitement!!

  24. gusone says:

    Join the Steam ‘EA Boycott Origin’ Group. Fight the power and bring BF3 / Dragon Age 2 / Crysis 3 / Mass Effect 3 and every other new EA game back to Steam. We are small but with your help we can grow. We also boycott Tom Senior as well if that helps.

  25. Erroneoustrigger says:

    So adding a limited feature thats been around since, oh lets see, at least the original rainbow six is something to get excited about? Not to dampen what might be justified excitement but, even limiting coop to 4 player is pretty underwhelming.

    There is nothing like dragging yourselves through a mission, limping your way to the last objective only to have your twitchy fingered second man in wound the hostage out of sheer stress, while the third guy in finishes the job cause he heard a shot. Its tragic fun. Not to mention the sense of accomplishment achieved if you do manage to complete the mission.Those qualities have been missing from most recent games save the ARMA series. Theres hardly a game out there in which you cant shoot each other thats not new and neither is playing with one other fried, which has its merits but come on games industry….

    Spec ops in MW:2 had its moments though the rest of the game was useless. Swat 4’s great but its showing its age. ARMA II combined ops, if your dedicated enough, is incredible if your willing to spend a bit(okay a lot) of time finding the right mods, missions and learning the control scheme. Wasn’t there even a Doom 3 coop mod? people want this.

    Guess what I’m getting at is I want more fun for my money, with more dead hostages, botched objectives, and “wholly shit we made it” moments at the hands of my team mates. having every single player mission of a game being coop with a bunch of friends is not too much to ask for in 2011. Is it? I’d rather the developers spend time on that vs on rails scripted scenes or half baked “perks”.