EA and Activision have engaged in some serious mudslinging over the past few months, trying to hype up their upcoming games, Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 — two of the most anticipated titles of the year. But while their parent companies are duking it out, developers Infinity Ward and DICE have been quite diplomatic, each praising the other’s game.
Now DICE’s Patrick Liu revealed in a new interview that the developer doesn’t have much for the war between EA and Activision. Liu said to StrategyInformer that “it does get tiring at some point. The only thing we can do to handle it is to focus on our own game, focus on making the best game we possibly can.”
The “war of words” between EA and Activision started back in April with EA CEO John Riccitiello saying that Battlefield 3 is “designed to take down Modern Warfare 3″. Since then, Activision has fired back, with its CEO, Bobby Kotock, criticizing Battlefield 3′s console performance.
Both games are scheduled for release a few weeks from now, Battlefield 3 on October 25, and Modern Warfare 3 in the first week of November.
As we expected, DICE has added a new map to the Battlefield 3 beta: Caspian Border is now open and available to everyone for the last few days of the beta. There are already dozens of 64 player Caspian Border servers out there, so go ahead and give it a try, it’s a much more different (and awesome) Battlefield experience. That is, if you can manage to find a server without any lag — we’ve yet to find a decent one.
Battlefield players were quite upset over news that Battlefield 3 squad management was moved to Battlelog, forcing players to switch between the game and Battlelog in order to manage squads.
Luckily however, there are now some good news: DICE’s Barrie Tingle has posted on the Battlelog forums where he revealed that squad management will be available in-game in Battlefield 3. Tingle said, in an answer to a question regarding squads:
“In short answer form, yes you can browse and join squads through the squad screen and make private squads.”
The new in-game squad management won’t be updated into the beta, but will be available in the final game.
The only map in the Battlefield 3 beta (officially, at least), Operation Metro, is experiencing a love/hate relationship with many players, most of which have grown tired of it. Like it or hate it, it’s all we got for now, and some beta players managed to snag a bird’s eye view of the map, showing its size, in particular, the first exterior section. We got a couple of more shots after the break. READ ON »
In a new interview with the official PlayStation Blog, DICE producer Patrick Liu spoke about the PlayStation 3 version of Battlefield 3, and how the team at DICE are handling the game. Liu said that, with Frostbite 2.0, DICE is pushing the PlayStation 3 hardware “big time”.
“We’re pushing the hardware big-time. Of course, we have a performance budget that we have to hit. Everything counts into that: the scale costs performance, destruction, animation, special effects…those are all the things we cram in there. I feel really good about where we ended up with on the PS3.”
Lui added that Frostbite 2.0 has a new streaming technology which allows them to build bigger maps, both interior and exterior locations. Despite the new technology and tools, Battlefield 3 is still limited to 24 players on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, compared to 64 players on PC.
Battlefield 3 is currently undergoing a large, public beta where hundreds of thousands of players are participating on consoles and PC.
DICE has released the first update to the Battlefield 3 beta, fixing a number of issues. Thanks to user feedback, developers have dealt with issues such as crashes, stability fixes and more. The full list of fixes and tweaks can be found below, curtsey of the Battlefield Blog.
Fixed occasional client crash when reviving.
Fixed killcam showing glitched area under map if your killer is dead.
Issue with spawning on dead squad mates fixed.
Fixed a bug where shooting at a moving enemy could cause more than the intended amount of damage.
Crosshairs for shotguns have been replaced with a new, thinner, art.
A subtle low health screen effect has been added.
Tweaked scores of Medals and Service Stars.
Tweaked the Rank progression.
Pushing prone on console will not play the animation twice.
Fixed loss of Squad Leader after EOR at some times.
Framerate stability fixes.
The 3D spotting icons has been tweaked to better match the target’s visibility. Icons will show frequently less on mostly obscured targets.
Fixed issue with crosshair disappearing after round transition.
Fixed issue with crosshair disappearing after trying to deploy while the countdown timer still active.
Squad list now shows specializations chosen, VOIP activity and dead squad mates.
Non working options in squad menu fixed: “Private” flag and “Switch Teams”.
As usual, you can report bugs and glitches in the Battlelog forums (login required).
UPDATE: DICE has stated that these changes won’t be implemented in the beta, rather, they will be carried over to the full game. DICE is outlining what changes will be in the final game — the beta won’t be updated.
In the midst of all the beta madness going on at the moment, EA has announced a major online Battlefield 3 tournament called Battlefield Worldwide Conquest Tournament. In partnership with Virgin Gaming, the tournament will be held next year and will offer prizes totaling $1.6 million.
The tournament is for consoles only, where PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 owners will be able to participate in the event, which kicks off in early 2012. If you’re interested, you can sign up here.
After a short teaser last week, EA has released the full Battlefield 3 “99 problems” trailer, with a bunch of gameplay clips set to the soundtrack of Jay Z’s 99 Problems. We still think it’s a bit of an odd choice for a Battlefield 3 soundtrack, but either way, enjoy the full trailer. Also, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel — we’ll be posting lots of videos once the beta starts rolling.
As we get closer to release, EA will start beaming out Battlefield 3 ads on television around the world, and the first of such ads has been revealed online. The 25 second teaser shows glimpses of much of the gameplay we’ve already seen — this time though, it’s set to the soundtrack of Jay Z’s 99 Problems. The full spot will air on September 26. What do you think?
Timed exclusives are nothing new, and it appears that Battlefield 3 will join the list of games that offer exclusive content on a selected platform for a set period of time. Much like Microsoft and Activision, which have a deal on Call of Duty DLC arriving earlier on Xbox 360, Sony and EA have teamed up to bring Battlefield 3 DLC earlier to the PlayStation 3.
According to the official PlayStation Blog, where DICE’s Tommy Rydling announced that Battlefield 3 DLC will arrive 1 week earlier on the PS3, starting with Back to Karkand later this year.
We can’t say that we’re surprised by this, especially considering Microsoft’s deal on exclusive Call of Duty DLC, which has been very lucrative for them. Also, a week is much shorter than the 1 month time frame that Call of Duty DLC gets on the Xbox 360.