In case you didn’t know it, Battlefield 3 currently has a double XP event going on, doubling any points earned in any match. This is to celebrate the release of the upcoming Battlefield 4, which hits the stores (and Origin) on Tuesday, October 29.
The same rules apply as in previous double XP events: any points earned during the match, including award score, are doubled at the very end. The double XP events are great for players looking to unlock some extra items, as this speeds things up considerably. The double XP is available to all players, both Premium and non-premium.
This isn’t the last BF3 double XP event this time around. According to rumors, DICE and EA are planning another one shortly after the launch of BF4.
And don’t worry, after Battlefield 4 is released, Battlefield 3 will still be alive and going strong — there are thousands and thousands of players on every platform, and there will be for a long time it come. If you still haven’t tried BF3, you can still get great deals on Origin.
It only took two years, but DICE is finally admitting the unlocks of Battlefield 3 had a huge problem. Players were forced to grind away at each weapon in order to get any meaningful unlocks, and it was even worse with vehicles. Players started out in jets and helicopters with no unlocks and defensive countermeasures, making them vulnerable to the skilled players.
DICE’s Lars Gustavsson said that “they should be slapped” for the unlocks system in Battlefield 3. He added that they’ve learned from the mistakes in Battlefield 3, and those lessons carry over into BF4. The current BF4 beta has vehicles with some of the defensive unlocks from the get go, unlocks that were not available in Battlefield 3 until the player has put in considerable time.
DICE has opened up the Battlefield 4 beta to the public, after a few days of exclusivity to BF3 Premium owners and those who pre-ordered. The beta includes one map, Siege of Shanghai, and features two game modes: the classic Conquest, and Domination. The selection of weapons is quite limited, as the beta is mainly intended to test the technical parts of Battlefield 4. On PC, the beta doesn’t even include the full graphical features, which will be added in the final game. The beta is available on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, and ends on October 15th.
DICE has revealed that they have no intentions of porting Battlefield 3 to the upcoming next gen consoles, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. According to DICE’s Patrick Bach, they’re focusing on the upcoming Battlefield 4, which will be released on the current and next gen systems. He said:
“It wouldn’t be worth it. I think it’s better to bring back the maps like we’re doing and then maybe there’s some other fan favourite that people really want and we can probably bring that back as well. But the feature set and the core game of Battlefield 3 versus Battlefield 4, it would be going backwards in time.”
Bach added that “there is nothing in BF3 that’s better in BF4, so why bring it back?”. BF3 has been on the market for almost two years now, and has received countless updates and plenty of DLC.
While DICE is working to finish Battlefield 4 in time for release next month, they promised that they will continue to update and patch BF3. It’s been a few months since the last BF3 patch, and there have been no announcements about any future updates.
Nvidia is continuously working on improving performance with its graphics cards in Battlefield 3. The latest driver update includes a fix for an issue which has plagued some players for a while: the black edges that appear when MSAA 4X is enabled. The new Nvidia beta driver fixes that, and adds some general performance improvements as well.
The new driver is called 326.41 Beta, and its update, the 326.80, both feature the Battlefield 3 fix. Nvidia’s beta drivers have always been pretty stable, but if you’re not too keen on using beta drivers, you’ll have to wait for a little bit longer until Nvidia finalizes the software.
The GamesCom game event just kicked off in Germany, and to celebrate, DICE is running a double XP event during the week GamesCom is open. This means that double XP will be available to Battlefield 3 players from August 21-26 — for a total of 120 hours of double XP. The usual rules apply: the double XP only counts on ranked servers, and players will have their points doubled up after the end of each round. The new double XP event is taking place less than two weeks after the previous event, which took place on August 10.
DICE is currently present at GamesCom, where they are showing off Battlefield 4 and all of its features. DICE has a history with the GamesCom event — back in 2011, they used it to reveal almost all of the BF3 details, including the Caspian Border map. If you’re not at GamesCom, now is a great time to rake in some serious points in BF3, as this is one of the longest double XP events ever — at 120 hours, when it usually runs for only 48 hours.
Back in 2012, EA sued aircraft maker Bell over a disagreement on whether EA could use Bell’s aircraft and names in Battlefield 3. Bell is the maker of the Huey and the Viper, both which are playable in BF3. EA argued that it’s a first amendment right — a freedom of expression that video games enjoy just as movies do. Bell wanted EA to pay royalties, but EA argued that when Bells aircraft are used in movies, they don’t have to pay royalties, and neither should games.
Now EA and Bell have settled the lawsuit, but neither party have released any details on the settlement. We doubt this will have any effect on the vehicle and weapon names in the upcoming Battlefield 4, which will also feature the Huey and the Viper helicopters — made by Bell.
As we reported last year, EA and Bell’s parent company, Textron, were in licensing negotiations, which fell through. Afterwards, EA decided to use the real world names of the aircraft anyways, and filed a pre-emptive lawsuit against Textron. Textron wanted EA to stop using all of its aircraft in the game, which would have meant no Viper nor Huey. Since both helicopters are present in BF4, we assume that Bell and EA settled this without sacrificing the the authenticity of the game.
Battlefield 3 is gearing up for another double XP weekend on August 10, starting at 2AM PDT (11AM CEST). As usual, any points earned at the end of each round during the weekend will be doubled. The double XP event is live for all platforms; PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.
Good news for non-Premium members: this time, the double XP weekend is available for both Premium and non-Premium Battlefield 3 players. Note that double XP only counts on Ranked servers.
Like it or not, Operation Metro is probably the most played Battlefield 3 map out there. Where else can you constantly spam grenades and rockets and rake in points like crazy? Yep, Operation Metro is filled with a particular kind of Battlefield 3 players, a grotesque crossing between Call of Duty and Battlefield. Someone loves Op. Metro so much they went and recreated it in Minecraft. Say what you want about the map, but the remake in Minecraft is pretty impressive. Be sure to check out the Caspian Border Minecraft remake as well.
Battlefield 3 ships with some interesting, funny, and occasionally NSFW voice overs, but there are a ton more of them which didn’t make the cut. YouTuber TheAustrianToast posted a video containing over 40 unused and often hilarious (and very NSFW) voice over lines that are part of the game files but were never used in the game. Enjoy!