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Multiplayer is the heart and soul of Battlefield, and Battlefield 3 delivers the best multiplayer experience in the series, with huge maps, lots of vehicles and weapons, and a deep persistence feature, there’s enough for many hours of gameplay. Follow the sections below for more in-depth details on Battlefield 3 multiplayer.

Battlefield 3 Game Modes

Battlefield 3 will support the classic Battlefield mode “Conquest”, in addition to Rush, Squad Rush, and Team Deathmatch.

Battlefield 3 Factions

Battlefield 3 features two main factions: USMC (United States Marine Corps), and Russian forces. Factions on Battlefield 3 will have faction specific weapons and unlocks.

Battlefield 3 Maps

Battlefield 3 features a wide variety of multiplayer maps, 9 maps in total, ranging from tight urban settings, to wide open battlefields.

Battlefield 3 Awards, Rewards

Battlefield 3 sports a ton of ribbons, medals, and other awards, including Xbox 360 achievements and PlayStation 3 trophies.

Battlefield 3 Point System

Battlefield 3′s multiplayer point system has received an overhaul, where team work is much more rewarded than before.

Battlefield 3 Platoons

Platoons are Battlefield 3′s answer to clans, where players can create and group together into different platoons via Battlelog.

Battlefield 3 Ranks

Battlefield 3 has over 45 ranks, each with several sub-ranks, spread out evenly with players being rewarded with unlocks and achievements each time they rank up.

Battlefield 3 Dog Tags

Battlefield 3 has an advanced dog tag feature where players can unlock dozens of different dog tags styles.

Battlefield 3 Statistics

Like previous Battlefield games, Battlefield 3 will feature detailed players statistics which are tracked via the new service Battlelog.

Battlefield 3 classes, weapons, and vehicles

Battlefield 3 multiplayer will feature a four classes with a wide selection of weapons and vehicles. For more information on weapons, classes and vehicles, please see the following pages:

Battlefield 3 general multiplayer tips


118 COMMENTS & TRACKBACKS

  1. Robert J.
    July 29th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Faction Specific weapons? Good bye freedom.

    Also +1 for Rush returning.

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    • SsK
      August 20th, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      dude its all good, you start with your assighed weapon take out an enemy,take his kit. its fair and realistic just like its sapose to be,.

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      • NAME*
        August 23rd, 2011 at 11:53 am

        i’ve heard you can unlock the other factions weapons later in the game

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        • xXx
          August 28th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

          in medal of honor

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        • Ryan
          October 23rd, 2011 at 3:54 am

          you’re right, in the beta, getting to level 44 i think it was unlocked the mk11 and the svd for the opposite team

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      • Bl1nky_BR
        August 23rd, 2011 at 5:19 pm

        There is no problem if the weapons from each fac are balanced

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        • (FYU)SACATTACK-AK420
          September 26th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

          RUSSIANS I SEE HAVE UPPER HAND AS NUMBER OF WEAPONS BUT MARINES GOT DAT FIRE POWER

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        • Surferdude1711
          October 4th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

          russians have the ak-47m, aks-47u, dragunov, and a LMG…the american have m16a3, m4a1, m27 IAR and the Mk. 11 so it is pretty balenced, although the M16A3 does feel kinda powerful… :D but in my opinion the sniper class in BF3 is overpowered…every time i play the beta, i keep joining a squad full with snipers doing nothing… -.-

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      • Mr.:.Action
        October 13th, 2011 at 3:18 am

        what kinda sucks though is that if you unlock an accessory for one faction weapon, the equivalent weapon in the other doesn’t get it. just a cheap way to extend the game if you ask me, and what if you like a certain set-up? you’re gonna have to get evry accessory for the other faction weapon again? real annoying

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    • SsK captinhappy
      September 15th, 2011 at 3:09 am

      hey bro just checkin to see whats up wit ur tag i run a team the (original SsK ) on xbox 360. Gamer tag SsK captinhappy if u get this hit me up SsK here to run bf3 ya cant wait to play with all of you. SsK les rip it up wit pure tactics baby

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  2. Medness
    August 20th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    How many ranks are there in the game?

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  3. Kalle
    August 20th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Fuck!weapons are faction based they dont need to make it so realistic im not gonna be surprised if they make it so if you die you have to buy a new game.give us a little freedom atleast

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    • xdesmo
      August 21st, 2011 at 5:13 am

      you must be new here?

      they were faction specific weapons in BF2; BC2 have less weapons than the other games that’s why they give “freedom of choice”. Also you’re are going to play with all the weapons in the game not only “the good ones” or “the ones i can handle” if you think the opposite go create your class in black ops and the future MW2.5

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      • ROFL BF3
        August 30th, 2011 at 4:57 am

        better say MW2.1

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        • Terribyte
          October 21st, 2011 at 3:09 pm

          How is that possible? Modern Warfare is aka Battlefield 2 Lite.

          Battlefield came before CoD, and they have been chasing them the entire time.

          Idiots and children prefer modern warfare. If you have a pair of balls and above the age of 15, you prefer a real game like Battlefield

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        • SPICEMAN
          October 31st, 2011 at 6:33 pm

          BF3 needs to fix a few issues, like the fact that you cant leave the game when its done. The only way to leave to the game is in a new game??????

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  4. Reaver
    August 21st, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    YES, I’m so glad they listened to the cries of old school BF2 players like myself in bringing back faction based weapons. Cheers DICE

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  5. razor
    August 22nd, 2011 at 5:14 am

    i heard that console only allows 24 players per match and 64 for pc. will there be bots fighting with online players too? cause 24 players isnt really a war compared to huuge maps even if its compacted. an idea of a few bots in my opinion is a good suggestion… better post this now before its too late

    sincerly,
    razor

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    • Bl1nky_BR
      August 23rd, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      The reason why console has only 24 players is because consoles can’t handle it, you can’t compare a 5-6 years old hardware to a plataform that is always progressing

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      • razor
        August 23rd, 2011 at 9:22 pm

        thnx for the answer :) i agree with you. battlefield 3 is really intended for computers that are powerful enough to handle all the proccessing. unfortunately consoles arent powerful enough. but dice somehow managed to compact it all so it would be available to console platforms. the game mag for the playstation 3 however can support 256 players in one game and it’s just like battlefield. i wonder how.

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        • TheBritz
          August 26th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

          For one, MAG sections its gameplay quite a bit, dividing up responsiblities and objectives so that it never really is 128v128 (or even 32v32) in the same combat scenario. Also, BF3 is a next gen game built for PC’s and DICE has done a ton to make a closely comparable game on the consoles. Before innovating and streaming data with the relatively tiny console memory alotment, they weren’t even able to render one soldier in Frostbite 2, much less 24 or 64!

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      • a
        August 25th, 2011 at 2:57 am

        homefront allows 32 players in consles

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      • YOHOE91
        August 28th, 2011 at 1:37 pm

        But they can support 32 or 48. look at MAG

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        • YOHOE91
          August 28th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

          DICE has the man power and the money to do it. :)

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        • PandaSageSvn
          September 24th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

          Yes they can do it but I will say this Homefront was a complete fail… and a lot of people returned it after first sales and just because they can support it dose not mean there will be 32 players online more like 16 now be cause Homefront was a fail. And IDK what MAG is and I’ve asked like 28 other peopel and neither did they so sounds like a waist of money to support something that wont have enough people;

          ( Not Trollin just expressing opinion)

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    • L_H
      September 8th, 2011 at 4:07 am

      Battlefield Bad Company 2 wasnt battley enough for you? I found the 12v12 battles on the console quite epic compared to other games on the platform. It is unfair to do a cross platform comparison. I strongly believe that the console version will be sufficently incredible.

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  6. Joshua240496
    August 23rd, 2011 at 8:56 am

    “Finally, a new game more” i think you miss spelled something.

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    • Paramac
      November 3rd, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Check out your own spelling Joshua… It is misspelt and not miss spelled!!

      I wouldn’t be so critical about spelling if I was you, some people are foreign and some just can’t spell good. What are your ‘deficits’?

      Check out ‘The Free Dictionary’

      misspell [ˌmɪsˈspɛl]
      vb -spells, -spelling, -spelt, -spelled
      to spell (a word or words) wrongly

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      • Paramac
        November 3rd, 2012 at 2:00 pm

        By the way, his spelling is perfect, his grammar is lacking a little…

        Miss Spelled was my French teacher back in Liverpool

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  7. jacob camp
    August 24th, 2011 at 12:02 am

    battlefield2 was my worse game for me, for one reason, on bf2 the controller system setup was difficult to understand. If dice can make the game have both setups such as the bbc and bf2 setup I think it can get more people getting interested into the game.

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    • AnonaMoOse
      August 24th, 2011 at 10:45 am

      your talking about a controller you must be very challenged if you cant remember a few buttons or know how to configure them towards your liking

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  8. SES
    August 25th, 2011 at 7:03 am

    i have only played bad company 2 but i like the faction based weapons . cause i like it when games are realistic plus there a lots of weapons any ways

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    • jarvis0033
      September 1st, 2011 at 7:32 pm

      What does faction based mean?

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      • Camel
        September 4th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

        Example: USMC might get a western weapon, most likely an M4 or something. Russia or PLR or w/e might get an eastern/warsaw pact weapon. Though, in BF2 you had unlock weapons that anyone can use. It’s likely that the starting weapons HERE are faction specific, and you can unlock them for all factions later on. Get what I’m saying?

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        • Gino
          September 29th, 2011 at 11:04 am

          i hope there’s guns both factions can use so people from bad company don’t get too angry :l

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  9. WooZIEX997
    August 25th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    sounds kool i like that feature in BF2 so im guessing that the “confirmed” weapons list isnt all the weapons there are? ive seen a few comments thinking there will be more than what is listed?

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  10. Danny31188888
    August 26th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Thumbs up if you think BATTLEFIELD 3 is gonna blow away mw2 :D :D :D

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    • Noso
      October 12th, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      It’s mw3 not mw2 btw it already blew away mw3

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      • stelly
        November 5th, 2011 at 2:53 am

        Your high bro. Just played bf3 and the only candle it can even hold to mw2 is the graphics and realistic game play. No split screen so none of your friends can play on your console, everyone just gets to sit and watch. I’ve made it a habbit to rent before I buy any game except cod just for this reason.the game play takes a second just to get the hang of. No weapon upgrades until you’ve played for quite some time either. Wtf? COD FOREVER!

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  11. YOHOE91
    August 28th, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    they need at least 32 player matches on console. :(

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  12. Mr. G
    August 29th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    BF3 may you please raise the multiplayer count just a tad bit higher for consles!!! This isnt going be much of a “battle” with 12vs12 =(

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    • Smitty
      September 4th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      Consoles can barely handle the new engine as it is, more players would just lag things up

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    • BICBOY
      September 10th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      THIS IS SO GOOD PPL QQ ABOUT 12 VS 12 PLZ THE NUMBERS ARE PERFECT

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  13. FoTL
    August 31st, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Will there be a hardcore mode like we know from BC2??

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    • NAME*
      September 14th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

      this is like saying “will there be destructible walls?”

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  14. UpNSmoke225
    September 3rd, 2011 at 1:09 am

    I wish DICE could’ve figured out a way to include more people per game on consoles…I mean they figured out a way to make Frostbite 2 work and still giving us the usual 12v12..but take MAG for instance. Decent graphics with huge teams ..sure Bf3 graphics will make it look like a bad 80s action flick, I still wish the brains at DICE could’ve managed it. I hope I’m wrong and they figured a way to always have some sort of action around. I mean I know I’m just a greedy console gamer, but I want full scale warfare. Worse comes to worse, I’m not opposed to buying it for PC and playing with my 360 controller ;-)

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  15. ryan
    September 9th, 2011 at 3:49 am

    really not keen on the idea of faction based weapons hey.
    less fun i reckon.
    played MOH multiplayer which was done by dice and i thought it was shit(not just because of faction based weapons) and went straight back to playing bc2.
    i like the individuality of weapons on bc2 and by making some weapons have the same stats( which theyll have to do to make it fair and balanced for each faction) there losing some of the realism of the game and and it wont be as enjoyable or satisfying to master a certain weapon anymore. the game will probably lose some of the individual feel of certain guns if they have to make 2 different weapons the same for each faction. say want you want about the bad company games being worse than bf2 etc, but i think losing the choice to use a certain gun whatever side your playing on is a step backwards to be honest.

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  16. L_H
    September 9th, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I find 12v12 battles on consoles fine, and in some cases more realistic, for warfare nowdays is no longer company vs. company like it was in WWII, Korea, or nam, it is now more squad oriented making a multiple squad engagement, such as 12v12 more real. Additionally less players makes the gameplay slightly less epic, but far more intense, for one is not shooting every second. There is a short respite and then the engagement continues challenging one to stay on guard.

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  17. Sgt-Jackson_NL
    September 10th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    12vs12 is fine with rush, but conquest? idk, in caspian border it seems 12vs12 is not enough. that map is HUGE! but bf 3 will definetly be the best game of this year, next year and more years. at least till BF 4 gehehe

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    • L_H
      September 10th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      I understand your complaint, and I half agree with you, but on console the maps are going to be scaled down a bit so that there is more action. The only problem with this is that manning one vehicle eliminates 1/4 of a team’s ground force. In conquest the player number should be slightly higher.

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  18. Goalieguy
    September 10th, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    do you guys really have so little faith in DICE u think theyll give u a crappy gaming experience…

    DICE wouldnt send a game to market that would be no fun on consoles(by far the largest % of their profits), DICE will have a way to make console play fun, i don’t know it, but i have faith in DICE.

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  19. asdfghjkl;
    September 11th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I’m glad you get assigned weapons. No more Russians running around with a M16 or a U.S. Army guy running around with a RPK. It’s how it used to be.

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  20. Goyle
    September 11th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Really hope DICE reconsiders their decision to only make 24 player maps for PS3 and X-Box. Giving the 64 player maps to PC only is not fair. Saying they did this because the PC crowd were the only ones complaining is weak at best. We all deserve the same gaming experience. Please take time to reconsider this guys.

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    • roflauncher
      September 19th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

      kid, your dumb obviously you havnt been reading the comments, to start battlefield originated in pc, second consoles are in my opinion awsome i love consoles , i am a pc by heart though and i know consoles just cant handle the epic proportions that battlefield has to offer, quiet down you console player and be grateful that us pc gamers have blessed you with battlefield.

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      • EatYoWimminz
        September 26th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

        Oh great. Another pc gamer that thinks they’re better than everyone else.

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        • niggerjack
          October 2nd, 2011 at 4:55 am

          o great, another loser telling us how other people feel better then everyone else

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  21. Fufu
    September 14th, 2011 at 2:42 am

    Goyle dice would love to put 64 player battles in bf3 on consoles but if yhey did you ps3 or xbox would most likely explode! Hell the game is so large xbox needs two discs! And where the hell did you get that pc got 64 player battles cause they were bitching that source is wrong!

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    • NAME*
      September 14th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

      One of DICE’s team member said that pc gets 64 because they were the ones complaining. I agree that this is completely untrue, but their the ones who said it

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  22. Sgt-Jackson_NL
    September 15th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    CoD is gr8 to keep the screaming stupid little kids off Battlefield! :D

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  23. Kladrix
    September 16th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Honestly my only concern is the 4 man squad situation honestly we all have more than 3 friends and like to all play together sometimes even take up the whole team but we cant and even if a friend joins u cant hear them cuz they arent in ur squad i dont think this is a good idea because playing with friends is a big deal breaker when it comes to choosing what game to play.. Other than that Battlefield is known for not being very accurate when it comes to military reality on BBC2 they had US Marine ranking insignia’s and US Army ranking names (gunnery sergeant symbol; Sergeant first class worded rank) They’ll probably be incorrect on factions like last time i just think they need a little more research considering majority of squads even special ops squads are usually 6 men not 4.. i mean it gets a little silly when i see a marine with a US flag or insignia on his shoulder or chest Marines bare nothing its part of their belief that every Marine is a Rifleman and when doing someone as prestigious as Marines u gotta be extremely accurate because of their amazing history i know no one wants to hear it but Call of duty has been more militarily accurate and historically accurate. I cant wait for battlefield but ima preorder both cuz i wanna play BBC2 for the realism, the adenaline rush, and tactical gameplay and MW3 for the campaign, survival mode and arcade shooter gameplay

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    • NAMEL
      September 18th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

      You clearly don’t know much about the Marines yourself. According to the Marines every Marine is a rifleman, according to the Army every soldier is an infantyman. If you ever enlist, you’ll know that when it comes down to it thats not reality.

      In reality with the USMC: 0311 (rifleman) goes out on the patrols while the supplyman stay on base.
      In reality with the US Army: 11B/11C (direct/indirect infantrymen) goes out on the patrols while the logistics men stay behind the wire (on base).

      Saying every Marine is a rifleman is just a way to make POGs feel like they are tough.

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  24. Andrew
    September 17th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Does anyone know or has it been released if multiplayer will be split screen?

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    • Smith
      September 28th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      ok for 1 this isn’t black ops (ew). and 2nd why would you want to split screen, if its that important go buy another console and tv and just play that way.

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  25. Desmosabie
    September 21st, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I can’t wait to kill you. I’m shaking.

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