With the Battlefield 3 beta test almost upon us, EA and DICE have published some FAQ notes to clear up some of the confusion as to who will and won't get access and how players on the various platforms will go about participating.
According to the FAQ
, EA's Origin client will serve as the client downloader for PC players and those eligible for the "early access" 48 hour headstart will receive a redemption code via email. Early access Xbox 360 players can also expect a redeem code in their inbox, but eligible PlayStation 3 gamers will be able to find the client download directly in the PlayStation Store when the beta kicks off.
As for early access eligibility:
Q: Who is eligible for early access to the Battlefield 3 Open Beta on September 27th?
A: Customers who have pre-ordered the PC digital download version of Battlefield 3: Limited Edition on Origin, or registered their first-hand copy of Medal of Honor: Limited Edition/Tier 1 Edition, or purchased Medal of Honor Limited Edition from Steam prior to July 26th, 2011.
Which is sure to be a bit of a disappointment for anyone that picked up Medal of Honor with the expectation of exclusive BF3 beta access.
Following the early access period, from September 29th it appears that the beta will be open to all comers in the supported regions (North America, South America, Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand).
The FAQ also confirms that any stats/experience points earned in the beta won't carry over to the retail release, however you will retain your account "soldier name".
EA have also told us to expect a new full length trailer -- both online and on ye olde television -- this week with all new gameplay. As the teaser embedded below (click here for HD
) shows, it will feature more fresh clips of gameplay and a questionable soundtrack choice.