In a conference call with analysts yesterday, EA revealed their financial numbers for the third quarter of the current financial year, and it looked pretty good for Battlefield 3: the game has sold 10 million copies worldwide, across all platforms. What’s even more impressive, the sales numbers only include until December 31, 2011.
During the same conference call, EA’s Peter C. Ausnit chipped in regarding upcoming Battlefield 3 DLC, saying that EA will have an event in New York next week. He said:
“You’re going to hear some announcements from us on Battlefield actually as early as next week in an event we’ve got in New York.”
It’s looking pretty good for Battlefield 3 — it’s already the best selling Battlefield game of all time, and we can’t wait to see what EA has in store for the next DLC.
By now DICE is well aware of the fact that Battlefield 3 has a serious cheating and hacking problem. They’ve banned huge batches of players several times, but that doesn’t get to the core of the problem: it’s still way too easy to hack in BF3 and the anti-cheat system is not up to the task. While this is quite a complex issue and will take some time to patch (if ever), in the meantime, DICE is hiring additional staff to help curb the amount of cheaters in Battlefield 3.
Eurogamer spotted a job ad looking for an “anti-cheat administrator”, whose functions include:
The administrator will compose an absolutely vital function to secure the online experience our games represent by actively being a part of the community and keeping up to date with the current cheat exposure.
“The administrator will also own the analytical work with our player behaviour data to keep our leaderboards and game play filled with fair play.”
The new admin job shouldn’t be that hard: a simple glance at the top Battlefield 3 leaderboards on Battlelog will show numerous cheaters and hackers — cheaters and hackers who have been there for weeks and months.
There have been many bits of information surrounding the upcoming Battlefield 3 patch, and we’ve taken to task to compile all the expected fixes and tweaks that DICE has confirmed will make their way into the new patch, which should be released in early February. The list of confirmed additions:
Commo Rose 2.0: a complete overhaul of the “Q”-button communications interface, with new commands, voice overs, and more.
Weapon specific accessory tweaks: accessories such as silencers, foregrips etc. will now be tweaked on a per weapon basis and not globally. All accessories are expected to be tweaked in this patch. For more, see a full list of accessory tweaks.
A fix for MAV riding will be applied
Random “Bad Luck” deaths will be fixed across all platforms.
PlayStation 3 users will see a VOIP fix
Drivers will now get 50 points for “vehicle assist kills”. Pilot assist points will be increased as well.
Sniper rifles will get increased accuracy after aiming-down with Red Dot or Holo sights.
And a few unconfirmed patch notes, but issues/features that DICE are looking into:
The USAS-12 with Frag rounds will be balanced (unconfirmed: DICE has said they are looking into it).
The resupply speed on the M320 grenade launcher might get increased, according to DICE.
Horn sounds will be added to Humvees and other transport vehicles.
Together with the 3rd party service providers we have taken steps to remove the faulty bans, and improve the protection against future fake bans.
We have determined that the root cause resulting in the server bans is not directly related to Battlefield 3, but rather related to select 3rd party services which server owners can use in conjunction with PunkBuster to protect their servers.
However, DICE adds an update to the post, saying that some players are apparently still affected by the exploit. They are continuing to look into the issue.
The exploit involves GGC streaming, a third party service that many game servers run in order to screen for hackers and cheaters. To avoid any issues, players are advised to avoid servers that use GGC.
Nintendo’s upcoming console, the Wii U, features some interesting technology, most notably, the touchscreen controller, which can also act as a secondary screen in conjunction with the main HD display. EA has already announced that a Battlefield game, possibly a port of Battlefield 3, will make it to the Wii U.
We’ve mocked up a few Wii U concepts that show just how Battlefield 3 might look on the new console. Let us know what you think! READ ON »
Just as we thought the hacking issue with Battlefield 3 couldn’t get any worse, it now appears it has just that: in order to prove their point against PunkBuster, the cheaters and hackers over at ArtificialAiming have banned over 150 Battlefield 3 players by using a PunkBuster exploit. A forum post claims:
“In 2011 we hit them with a mass ban wave and now were are banning real players from battlelog while ggc-stream is totally unaware. We have framed 150+ bf3 players alone.”
There are numerous threads over at Battlelog about this issue, where innocent players have been banned. The issue has to do with PBBans and GGC — third party services that run on the vast majority of Battlefield 3 game servers.
DICE have stated that they’re looking into the issue, but at this point, hackers have pretty much gotten control of the game. And just to make matters worse, innocent players can now be banned with what appears to be a simple command and the user’s BF3 GUID.
Battlefield 3 had a number of pre-order bonuses, from Back To Karkand, to special dog tags and multiplayer skins. DICE has now released two of those items for sale: the SPECACT skins + dog tags, and the “promo bundle” of dog tags. Here’s a run down on the two items:
SPECACT multiplayer skins + dog tag bundle (10 dog tags): $2.99
Dig tag “promo bundle” (10 dog tags): $2.99
Both bundles are available today for PlayStation 3 owners, while PC and Xbox 360 owners will have to wait until tomorrow.
You’re already familiar with the Battlefield 3 theme, especially the loud bass and deep throttle at the end. YouTube cartoonist “jonnyethco” has one, interesting theory of the origins of the Battlefield 3 theme.
It was only a few days ago that we hit the 500 news posts milestone, and today we’re celebrating another major milestone here at BF3Blog: we’ve topped 50,000 comments on the site. We’d like to thank all of our regular readers for participating in commenting on the site, you guys are responsible for some great and intense debates here, making BF3blog the biggest and most vocal BF3 community out there!
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If cheating and hacking wasn’t a big enough of a problem in Battlefield 3 already, it turns out that one of the Battlelog moderators was caught hacking in the very same game he’s supposed to moderate.
If it wasn’t bad enough that there was just one more hacker in Battlefield 3, he was also promoted to moderator status by DICE, which gave him all sorts of privileges — e.g. deleting forum posts in Battlelog, according to some reports. The player, who went by the name “MrPropper777″, has since been removed as moderator and his stats have been wiped.
If there ever was an indication of just how big the hacking problem in Battlefield 3 is, this was it. Not only did DICE fail to catch him, they promoted him. Coming across a hacker in Battlefield 3 is now a common thing. Reporting players on Battlelog doesn’t seem to be working, or at least working fast enough. Even a simple glance at the top leaderboards reveals a horde of hackers, cheaters and boosters, and yet, those players have been there for months.
DICE needs to take stronger measures against hacking in Battlefield 3, if it’s even possible at this point. PunkBuster can only do so much, as Battlefield 3 has no built-in anti-cheat system. To make matters worse, when hackers are found, usually only their stats are wiped, while their accounts remain free. They simply go on hacking under a different name.
If DICE can’t catch the obvious hackers who headshot teams across the map and get 200+ kills in a round, how can they ever catch the subtle hackers? The ones who hack just enough so they seem like very good players, and not hackers?