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On March 5th, 2011 in Editorial, News

BF3 SoldierWhile DICE has been showing off Battlefield 3 to the press at GDC, and seemingly impressing everyone, most of the demos were centered on the single player portion of the game, however, some interesting bits of news regarding multiplayer were released. We’ve round up everything we know about the multiplayer portion of BF3 — everything that’s confirmed.


  • 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.

Unconfirmed, but likely

  • In-game movie recording is technically possible, but DICE is looking into how to incorporate it into the final product.
  • 3 war-theaters: New York, Paris, Tehran, although it is unsure whether this is for the singleplayer campaign, multiplayer, or both.


  1. Ain
    March 5th, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    32 players for consoles ? Thought it was 24. I almost wish it stays 24, so console players would buy the PC version…

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  2. Blob
    March 5th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    it IS 24 players for consoles… DICE repeats that all the time…

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    • Legacy
      July 4th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

      Hopefully DICE doesn’t make it to unrealistic because they’ve been working on the game so hard to make it amazing/great graphics and a bunch of new features unlockables ect… that’s what i’m afraid of

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        July 18th, 2011 at 4:24 am

        I dont think dice will make any mistakes for bf3 so far it sounds like they have had a lot of time to work on this game

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  3. Tony
    March 5th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Hey blog, I have a PC that is not ready for this type of game. It would be really informative for you guys to maybe have a write up on the recommendation of hardware, components and maybe a preferred controller? I do have a PS3 and a 360 but I feel and its obvious that the game is focused on PC.

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    • Bede
      June 20th, 2011 at 10:51 am

      For controller, try mouse and keyboard, otherwise you will be repeatedly owned (there is no auto-aim on the PC).

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      • deftond
        July 16th, 2011 at 9:13 pm

        I can’t wait. I do have an aging system with an intel q9400 quad core and just 4 gigs of ddr2 ram and crossfireed hd4850′s but I can play bc2 on max settings….not as good as when I owned my hd6870 before it fried but I am definatly going to beef up my system to play this game. For any pc owner you will be happy with any hi quality quad core least 4 gigs of ram and spend your money on a good graphics card. Im going to get the best ati card for under $300 I can buy buy when this game is released. I also own a ps3 and own bc2 on both although I tend to play more on ps3 than pc. I do think they should have 360 controller support and implement a ps3 controller driver…that would be great. 64 players will be crazy and pc graphics with dx11 will make this game shine.
        Make sure your gfx card has at least 1gb of ram. The new cards are coming out with at least 2gigs of gddr5…that will be the sweet spot so you can play this game maxed at 1080p…consoles will most likely be stuck at 720 which honestly I can’t tell a difference on my 32″ or 42″ tv’s.

        I want to say to the developers though that if you want this game to shine and be better than any other game…you need to let us make maps and mod. People are still playing bf2 and 2142 in the modding community. That is what makes us pc players different than consoles…a pc can do more. LETS KEEP IT THAT WAY

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    • Jake
      June 30th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      For a processor i would say the intel i7 is really good and a invidia graphics card and video card

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    • AnonaMoOse
      July 24th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      of course it is console’s are shit and for people who dont have general PC knowledge and hurt there minds console is like a condom you still get to fu*ck but you only get half the feeling than that to a PC gamer who aren’t restricted

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      • DJWebb21
        August 8th, 2011 at 2:29 am

        That is the biggest load of garbage I have ever heard ever.
        (no offense)

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      • Brett
        August 17th, 2011 at 3:43 pm

        Well if thats how you want to put it, then ill just wait until your pc gets that STD and crashes while we console players still get to enjoy the game

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      • jack west
        August 17th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

        you’re retarded

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  4. BF3Blog
    March 5th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    We just checked our sources again, it is 24 players. We’ve updated the article. Thanks for the heads up.

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    • Majid
      June 13th, 2011 at 10:26 am

      I wish that they will include bigger maps in BF3 and include more
      players in the ps3 and x-box consoles and,classes,weapons…..and i would like to add one more thing….In the vehicles,tanks..It would be better if there was a mine launcher around all side of the tanks,Because when the infantry get close to the vehicle,The players tend to panic and go crazy to find the enemy around the tank and kill him…ofcourse it would be too late until he finds and kills the enemy..adding the upgrade will allow the mine launcher to fire mines in the air and instantly explode around the tank and killing any enemy that is close to the tank without dealing damage to the players tank…Im sure that the players of Battlefield 3 would be very excited and happy to this new upgrade and so will i….Thank you..By:Majid Alrawai..

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      • AnonaMoOse
        July 24th, 2011 at 1:17 pm

        lol dump that LOLOOOLOLOLO mine launchers ahahahahah this is so fuc&in% stupid

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    • Richard
      July 25th, 2011 at 5:10 am

      I’m new to Battlefield. My question is on factions. I choose the U.S. Marines will I stay that faction no matter what game mode I pick to play? Or will it be random before a match starts? Also do we stick with our faction till the top rank?

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      • Derek
        August 19th, 2011 at 1:48 am

        no, this is not MAG my friend, you don’t choose, you get put into a faction at the beginning of each game.

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  5. Ain
    March 6th, 2011 at 12:57 am


    All I can say is that wait. Wait till you know the minimum system requirements. Wait till it’s closer to release date, because by then everything would be a bit cheaper.
    For now, just make sure you have enough money to upgrade or buy a new PC when the game comes out.
    There’s no hurry.

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  6. Lazander
    March 7th, 2011 at 7:00 am

    I’m an xbox player but I’m saving up for a new gaming rig specifically for BF3. 64 player battles and Direct X11 visuals ftw.

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    • AnonaMoOse
      July 24th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      you stay on your console we PC gamers dont want you little kids playing and screaming queer shit over the mic about how you got a kill

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      • DJWebb21
        August 8th, 2011 at 2:35 am

        Dude, shut the hell up ok. Us console players are the exact same as you PC gamers and we’re not just a bunch of kids, which is what you’re acting like. Be mature.

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  7. Rg
    March 7th, 2011 at 7:52 am

    about the commander, dice hasn’t confirmed it yet, but it might come back in a different form.

    it is not denied in any way for the moment

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  8. duncan
    March 7th, 2011 at 7:58 am

    sorry dude you need to check your sources as 24 players for consoles has not been confirmed yet check the official bf3 site

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  9. duncan
    March 7th, 2011 at 8:02 am

    as it only states 64 players for pc. ps3 and xbox360 has not been announced yet

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  10. duncan
    March 7th, 2011 at 8:03 am
  11. BF3Blog
    March 7th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Duncan: 24 players for consoles is confirmed, dev tweet here:!/zh1nt0/status/40397643867881472

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  12. Cranky
    March 8th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Hope the “cool idea” for squads will be that a squad leader has to request a Artillery barrage or ammo drop that one “Main squad leader ” can say yes or no as if you play pub it will be redonk if people hog these resources

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  13. Freeman
    March 9th, 2011 at 1:45 am

    DICE developer “Dmize” on Twitter confirmed that there will be no commander as well.

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    • chris is lazo
      July 18th, 2011 at 7:55 am

      Well that kind of sucks because it would really help if the person you were playin with didnt have a headset or if you needed use a to defend or attack order.

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  14. duncan
    March 9th, 2011 at 8:47 am

    hi again if you check this link the developer said they are looking into dedicated servers for consoles which would mean more than 24 players for consoles but he is not allowed to talk about it yet,battlefield-3-interview—256-players-please.aspx
    so you can’t always believe what you read on one developers twitter i guess we will just have to wait till the official announcement after the beta

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    March 16th, 2011 at 4:25 am

    Don’t have the set 4 classes please give us some freedom

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  16. shik
    April 5th, 2011 at 4:47 am

    I miss the spec ops class from BF2…

    Sniper/Recon (limit it to 10% of the team, so one per 10 players)
    Spec Ops

    Oh yeah, and no commander is ridiculous IMO.

    Seriously Dice…is it that difficult?

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    • TexTheRipper
      May 1st, 2011 at 7:52 pm

      Why limit the sniper to a specific amount? If you are one of the people who get in game and cry because your team is losing due to the majority of players being snipers then did you ever stop to think that if the team is nothing but snipers and they are losing they would probably get owned with a different class just as easily. If you have an entire team of snipers, if they are any good 1 or 2 people running around would be able to capture points easily with plenty of cover fire.

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  17. phil
    April 19th, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Any spit screen by any chance?

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    • raptor3171
      May 5th, 2011 at 1:48 am

      well is says co op so i would assume so

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        July 18th, 2011 at 4:30 am

        Will coop be playin online only or can you play split screen?

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        • Battedhaddock
          July 22nd, 2011 at 8:57 am

          I’m sure there will be split screen, and the co-op campaign has been announced as seperate from the singleplayer one.

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      • chris is lazo
        July 18th, 2011 at 4:35 am

        Even tho pc gamers got 64 players who knows maybe console players will start complaing and they will at least get 32 players?

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  18. Dalgaard
    April 20th, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Will there be destructible environment like in Bad Company?
    I really love that feature, it makes the game play much more interesting.

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    • Quasch
      July 19th, 2011 at 5:03 am

      ur f***in stupid

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      • Battedhaddock
        July 22nd, 2011 at 8:58 am

        Wow. I didn’t think someone would be this uninformed…

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  19. oEFo
    April 20th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    It won’t be that bad to play BF3 on consoles. I mean its 24 players… big deal.

    And theater mode will be awesome if we get it. Think of the cool videos we could make… Anybody else think they should add a feature where you could directly upload the videos you make from theater mode to youtube?

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    • Battedhaddock
      July 22nd, 2011 at 8:58 am

      Yea, that’d be really nice.

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  20. TexTheRipper
    May 1st, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Really, what the hell are these people thinking putting tracers back into the game. As long as they give you the option to turn each feature off as desired I have no problem. But I for one would be playing on the Hardcore servers, where you die easy, cant be seen easy, nor have some stupid f’n instant replay to help the crappy gamers out there who cry when they get owned by an unknown enemy. Leave the kill cam to Call of duty where people want to just sprint around and pew pew.

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    • ServusPecum
      June 24th, 2011 at 10:42 am

      Ik hope this is a bad joke. The trace is one of the main reasons I dont play the other babygames

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  21. NAME*
    May 16th, 2011 at 2:57 am

    All I want to know is wether or not it will have “Rush”

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  22. Dim
    May 27th, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    in my opinion i think that 24 players for consoles is fine but if dice could, 32 players on console would be nice. also imo teams in mp use team specific weapons. i didn’t like how in bad company 2, the russian engineers were using the at4 and the scar-l. this is just my opinion

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    • chris is lazo
      July 18th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

      323 players would be really good these maps are going to be big so 32 players should make it just right

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  23. erik lundin
    May 29th, 2011 at 11:00 am

    very bad bay dice that it just will be 24 player maps. i hope dice will fix diss when it will come a patch so the xbox and ps3 gamers culd play atleast 40 players!!!!!!!

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    • SteveTheCookie
      June 1st, 2011 at 4:59 am

      Well, it’s not that they don’t want to allow more players… It’s just that consoles can’t handle maps big enough for more players.

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      • Van_D
        June 2nd, 2011 at 7:22 am

        well i agree with erik lundin. maybe not as many as 40 players but 32 would be a good even count for multiplayer. and i think the consoles could handle that easy. plus just look at the latest maps on BC2 like Harvest day and Heavy Metal. Heavy metal esp. That map is amazing! But dead boring unless it’s constantly full (24 players). Maybe some maps could have 32, and some 24 (for the smaller maps similar to such as cold war on BC2). I am just really looking forward to this game so much, let’s hope they don’t give us an amazing game but mess it up with bad glitches (Like the knifing on BC2) =)

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  24. Dogfood
    June 4th, 2011 at 2:49 am

    Only 4 classes… I’m pretty positive no one even likes that feature. Bring back the original 7 from BF2.

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    • Josheyman123
      August 3rd, 2011 at 8:28 pm

      You are a dumba*ss. People (some anyways) look up what they are talking about. There are 6 classes in BF2. I’m actually taking a break from a mp match right now and its still running. Get your facts straight – then post.

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      • Tratunafish
        August 7th, 2011 at 2:53 pm

        Actually, there are: Sniper, Support, Assault, Medic, Anti-Tank, Engineer and Spec-ops.

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  25. John D
    June 5th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I wish I could get this for PC, but I only have a bad one. I guess i will just play it on my brothers PS3.
    I used to play BF2 on my old computer. Good days. I’m happy that some of the BF2 maps will be featered in DLC’s.

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