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Post by Dan @ 01:46pm 26/07/11 | 38 Comments
A new post over on the official Battlefield Blog today offers some clarification on the upcoming testing plans for the hugely anticipated Battlefield 3.

DICE Community Manager Daniel "zh1nt0" Matros explains that the upcoming Alpha test is a very exclusive invite-only shindig that's intended for more high-level server testing. If you make it into this one, it's likely because you have veteren status over on battlefield.ea.com, you're helping operate the servers they're running or you're a close friend of the DICE family. In short, chances are you're probably not going to get in on this one.

The Beta test however, is currently still scheduled for "September" and will be much more open. In addition to anyone that purchased the Limited Edition version of EA's Medal of Honor (the one with the Battlefield 3 Beta sticker on it), DICE is also expected to be offering up more beta keys through their social networking outlets (and hopefully also through media partners like us *fingers crossed*).

Battlefield 3 is due on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on October 27th 2011. For more details on the game's multiplayer component, hit up our recent hands-on preview.



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Latest Comments
Deviouz
Posted 04:33pm 26/7/11
infi
Posted 05:53pm 26/7/11
I bought Medal of Honour, they never released new maps so I deserve a free f***en beta pass for that.
Kustom
Posted 06:10pm 26/7/11
awww yeah...cant wait for beta to begin
maRtz
Posted 06:23pm 26/7/11
wow that video looks amazing.. knifing is a bit slow though. you're f***ed if you try to knife a guy when there is another one in the same room/area..
Timmeh
Posted 06:28pm 26/7/11
I bought Medal of Honour, they never released new maps so I deserve a free f***en beta pass for that.

f''oath
Raider
Posted 06:45pm 26/7/11
I bought Medal of Honour, they never released new maps so I deserve a free f***en beta pass for that.


You deserved to get fked over for buying the latest moh
Deviouz
Posted 09:49pm 26/7/11
Knifing has been slowed down, for instance you need to draw your knife before you can use it
ravn0s
Posted 09:56pm 26/7/11
Knifing has been slowed down, for instance you need to draw your knife before you can use it


plus there's a fairly long animation of you stabbing the c***.
Vash
Posted 10:07pm 26/7/11
Can you still tag someone like in BFBC2? that s**** me, makes hiding pointless.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 10:43pm 26/7/11
Play Hardcore mode Vash...
Eorl
Posted 10:48pm 26/7/11
It seems they are tinkering with the tagging, making it you HAVE to have line of sight in order to see them, and it will disappear on your screen if you lose sight.
Python
Posted 11:12pm 26/7/11
I like that knifing is slow, that rocks!
DocterMoist
Posted 11:28pm 26/7/11
BFBC2.5

The graphics, weapons and even the bomb bip sound is exactly the same. Along with the HUD.
natslovR
Posted 11:50pm 26/7/11
In that embedded video, and the recent leaked video from the other thread, whenever a rocket fires my dog quietly growls/grunts. I don't have it loud or anything, but it gets a noticeable response from her.
Intergage
Posted 09:19am 27/7/11
I am willing to give up a couple of months of my life to play this game NOW!
Eorl
Posted 10:11am 27/7/11
See, I think this is a integration of BC2, BF2 and 2142. Which is a good thing. You don't want BF2 again. You want something new. And I know all the haters are gonna play it anyway, so doesn't really matter.
kappa
Posted 10:53am 27/7/11
Holy s*** that clip looked awesome! Shame that I'll likely have to get this on console =(
Garai
Posted 01:30pm 27/7/11
Modded BFBC2 (with prone) + new Frostbite = BFBC3 ... a little better than BFBC2.5 but still not a BF3 imo
Kind of expected it from them saying they'll release BF3 in a year from finishing that MoH. Rushing it instantly came to mind as they were just done with the 2 games, BFBC2 still needing major updates & content even if no one cares about the other.
Environments looks good for some nice firefights but would be better if more teamwork oriented. Wasn't looking for some ARMA game but swishing out and firing a rocket launcher like taking out a stick and throwing it with one motion is laughable.

Overall, it'll be a fun multiplayer game with some memorable singleplayer scenarios. Hopefully they'll let the PC community mod their game but I'm not holding my breath.
Khel
Posted 04:47pm 27/7/11
Modded BFBC2 (with prone) + new Frostbite = BFBC3 ... a little better than BFBC2.5 but still not a BF3 imo
Kind of expected it from them saying they'll release BF3 in a year from finishing that MoH. Rushing it instantly came to mind as they were just done with the 2 games


So new features, new gameplay, new maps, new campaign, and a new engine, but its not worthy of being called BF3? What exactly would it have to do before you'd be happy with it being called BF3?

Also, game studios often have multiple teams working on multiple projects at once, so I'm sure they didn't finish MOH's multiplayer then start on BF3, it would have been different teams working on them. Just like the team on Diablo 3 doesn't make Starcraft 2 or World of Warcraft at Blizzard, or the team working on The Old Republic doesn't make Mass Effect at Bioware.
Crakaveli
Posted 05:44pm 27/7/11
What Khel said. I dont see how people can judge the alpha footage we've seen so far so harshly.


  • It's Alpha

  • It's rush game mode with 1 vehicle

  • It's a 32 player map



Why would they just go ahead and let people alpha test (for free) a large portion of the game when DICE themselves haven't even really shown off multiplayer yet?

Wait until we get some official videos of some multiplayer action, imo.
Garai
Posted 07:11pm 27/7/11
Firstly, I have to admit that I'm forming my opinion of what I've seen and not actually played. Justifying calling it for what it actually is would be better from the perspective of actual gameplay.

The worthiness of being called BF3 isn't as important as who's judging.
To me, BF3 signifies that it's the next installment to BF2 so I think the general consensus of BF2 players will be most important. That however, is an opinion itself but I think I'd be happy to digress knowing the general consensus. It'd also make me to happy to know they're not taking shortcuts or rehashing materials in crafting the game.

Yes, game studios often do have multiple teams working on multiple projects at once. DICE however, isn't a big company. They still can have multiple projects but manpower wise, it's more likely (or much better) 1 game at a time. You would be correct saying they didn't finish MoH multiplayer then start BF3 because it's more than likely that they started right after BFBC2 release.
iJebus
Posted 09:16pm 27/7/11
Anyone else find watching that person play painful?
Khel
Posted 09:28pm 27/7/11
Maybe back when they made Codename Eagle or BF1942 Dice weren't big, but they're huge these days, 300+ employees.
maRtz
Posted 09:49pm 27/7/11
I heard about bf3 being in development long before i heard about BF:BC2. Also that guy was painful to watch more times than not.
ravn0s
Posted 10:06pm 27/7/11
why was he painful to watch? he was actually doing pretty good on the scoreboard.
Sc00bs
Posted 11:42pm 27/7/11
BF1942


ahh man those were the days

Infidel
Posted 12:15am 28/7/11
yeah but thats bf2 scoobs ...
iJebus
Posted 11:44pm 28/7/11
A high K/D ratio doesn't necessarily mean an entertaining match to watch. I guess my style of play is just a bit different to his, and what I wanted to see happen wasn't what he was doing :p
Vash
Posted 12:00am 29/7/11
Thing i dont like about battlefield is survivability.
Been playing alot of BFBC2 recently, and i dont like stepping out into the open, even in my own respawn area and dying instantly.
Some of the snipers out there are way too good, and it makes the game somewhat unfun.
Hope its less instant in BF3.
maRtz
Posted 07:16am 29/7/11
A high K/D ratio doesn't necessarily mean an entertaining match to watch. I guess my style of play is just a bit different to his, and what I wanted to see happen wasn't what he was doing :p


+1, it's not all about k/d ratio lulz, I kept on saying to myself, stop f*****g around and keep moving man 0.o %@#..

damn video is gone, anyone know where else to watch?
Tollaz0r!
Posted 07:47am 29/7/11
Vash, Hardcore mode is the only way to play. Also if you keep getting snipered in/near your own base you're doing it wrong.
ravn0s
Posted 08:15am 29/7/11
Some of the snipers out there are way too good, and it makes the game somewhat unfun.
Hope its less instant in BF3.


apparently they are making sniping harder. you need to hold in a key in time with your breathing to make your shot more accurate.
d^
Posted 09:25am 29/7/11
glynd
Posted 09:38am 29/7/11
Vash, Hardcore mode is the only way to play. Also if you keep getting snipered in/near your own base you're doing it wrong.


.

rarely played it on normal. there's usually enough cover to get from point to point without getting sniped anyway.
maRtz
Posted 12:09pm 29/7/11
isn't hardcore mode worse when it comes to snipers? one shot one kill? It's like instagib!
IVY_MiKe
Posted 01:38am 27/8/11
HC mode has it's hangups.

I'd like to see a return to BF1942 style indicators instead of the '3D' spotting hackusational BS...

'Target spotted' and then an icon in that area of the map... not 'HIS HEAD IS HERE \/'
DK
Posted 02:43am 27/8/11
F*** if i could get an erection right now I would beat the s*** out of my d*** to this
Timmeh
Posted 08:48pm 27/8/11
BF3
Dead Island
Saints Row 3 (for teh lols)
yessssssss
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