Battlefield 3 – More details emerge

The new suspected blockbuster Battlefield 3 will be adding many changes compared to it’s predecessor Battlefield 2 and Bad Company 2. Battlefield 3 will have unique environments, from wide open large expansive areas to tight “gritty” and small environments. In Battlefield 3 DICE will be bringing back Team Deathmatch and promises that gamers will be able to choose what they want to play, when they want to play it. DICE emphasizes that you will be able to “play your way.” Read the full story here.

A huge focus of Battlefield 3 will be the new Frostbite 2 engine. With Frostbite 2, it allows a much larger scale of destruction with buildings and other destructible objects. For example in the Fault Line trailer it showed the entire face of the hotel fall down when the squad taking out the sniper shot an AT4 at the building.

In Battlefield 3 there will be four classes: Assault, Recon, Support and Engineer. Assault is the new medic. It has more fire power than Bad Company 2 but it also heals on the battlefield.

The old Assault class is now Support, and comes with a light machine gun. This class has the option to suppress enemies. Suppression is much like when someone gives ammo or a health kit so the person using the suppress option gains points for doing so. When a player is suppressed, they will notice a subtle blurring of the screen that hinders their movement.

The recon class is had little changes so far, the player using this class must hold their breath when scoped in a sniper rifle to be accurate.

This is the list of confirmed things in the game.

  • Players: 64 players on PC, 24 players on Xbox 360/PS3.
  • No Commander. Commander feature won’t be included, as DICE will focus on “lowering the threshold” for players.
  • 4 classes, just like in Bad Company 2. DICE feels this is the sweet spot for the game.
  • Battlefield 2 maps, several BF2 maps will return in a DLC called “Back to Karkand”. The maps are: Strike at Karkand, Gulf of Oman, Wake Island and Sharqi Peninsula.
  • New squad features. DICE plans to take the squad system to the next level, offering new features. According to the Game Informer interview, DICE says, “We have some really cool things that we’ll show later when it comes to dictating how you play with friends“.
  • Weapons and unlocks. BF3 will have more weapons and unlocks than in Bad Company 2, which itself had the most weapons and unlocks of any Battlefield game to date.
  • Deeper persistence, rankings. One of the issues with Bad Company 2 was that most of the weapons were unlocked before reaching half of the ranks. Says DICE in the GI interview, “we’re also making sure that there is a reason for you to reach the top rank. It doesn’t just end. There will be a lot of focus on persistence and how we present stuff to the player.”
  • Jets will return, so far only the US F18 and Russian Mig 29 have been spotted in various trailers.
  • Prone will return, DICE will counter prone will killcam, bullet traces and other ways in order to balance the gameplay.
  • Killcam will be back and it will be a feature that can be turned on/off on server to server basis.
  • DICE will have more focus on post-release content (DLC)
  • Co-op for the single player campaign
  • No mod tools at release.
Here is a sneak peak map of the only confirmed multiplayer map “Operation Metro.”
Thats all I have to say. Looking forward to Battlefield 3!
  1. July 11th, 2011

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