Following in the footsteps of the recent PlayStation 3 patch, the PC version has finally been scheduled and it's surprisingly only a few hours away.
The PC Battlefield 3 patch is due to roll out "at around 9AM UTC / 11 AM CET March 29", which translates to 8pm AEDT tonight in Sydney and will hit your download quota to the tune of approximately 1.6GB.
A new post on the official Battlefield Blog
details the main changes, which are mostly just higher-level summaries of the PS3 patch notes
including the improved commo-rose and minimap, however there is one elaboration that wasn't previously explained -- the Recon's SOFLAM accessory can now paint targets without active control:
Now, when a Recon player places it and then leaves it, it will continue to paint targets entering its area of control, continuously giving the Recon player a passive points income. This means a Recon player can place a SOFLAM in a strategic position, then leave it to find a good sniping spot. Combined with fixing a few scoring error in the SOFLAM, it should now be a much more viable source of experience points for Recons. This balancing change is also present in the PlayStation 3 update that went live yesterday.
The controversial weapon unlock purchases are also supposed to launch with this patch, however contrary to the BF Blog claiming that they are now available on Origin, we haven't been able to locate them on either the AU or US store, so cannot confirm prices. Here's what to expect though:
The 10 shortcut items are available now from Origin and include:
- Kit Shortcut Bundle: Immediately unlocks all items unique to the four playable classes
- Vehicle Shortcut Bundle: Immediately unlocks all items for all vehicles
- The Ultimate Bundle: Immediately unlocks all items from all other available shortcut packs
Similarly, an update the server software will also be deploying tonight and a list of fixes can be found in this forum post
by DICE's Mikael Kalms.
Update: The Australian Dollar unlock shortcut prices are now online:
Air Vehicle Shortcut $9.99
Vehicle Shortcut Bundle $17.99
Ground Vehicle Shortcut $9.99
The Ultimate Shortcut Bundle $39.99
Co-op Weapons Shortcut $4.99
Support Kit Shortcut $6.99
Assault Kit Shortcut $6.99
Engineer Kit Shortcut $6.99
At $40 for the lot, these unlocks sure don't come cheap for Aussies. For reference the Ultimate Bundle is only US$24.99 (currently AUD$24.17)
on the North American Origin store. I guess it must be all that distribution and shipping overhead.