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!
During EA’s recent earnings call, the publisher revealed that it has sold over 4 million Battlefield 3 Premium subscriptions. Premium costs $50 (on average) and gives players free access to all DLC, exclusive in-game items, dog tags, and other goodies.
EA also revealed that it has grossed over $150 million in additional revenue from Premium and extra content on BF3. Last quarter, EA announced that Premium had passed 3.5 million members, so it looks like both Battlefield 3 and Premium are seeing steady sales, almost 2 years after the game was released. Back in February, EA reported sales of almost 3 million subscriptions, so it looks like it’s seeing a steady growth of 500,000 subscribers per quarter.
And there’s a good reason why Premium memberships are still selling. Besides giving access to a ton of BF3 content, Premium owners will also get access to the upcoming Battlefield 4 beta. The Beta will kick off this Fall, likely in September. Recently, DICE concluded an alpha trial of the game.
In addition, EA revealed that Origin had surpassed 50 million members. Origin is required to play Battlefield 3 at this point, and is tied into Battlelog.
Over the past week, Battlelog has been plagued by various login issues. It’s unknown what the cause is, but according to EA, the issue should be resolved for most players. Battlelog is a key element for PC players, as they need to login in order to play the game, browse for servers, and more.
Battlelog recently got overhauled with a new design, and will reportedly get another redesign just in time for BF4 this Fall. The service is also available on iPhones and iPads, and recently, DICE released an Android app as well.
Sony offers PlayStation Plus members free games every month, and next month (on July 3), they’ll offer a bunch of new games for download. Among those is Battlefield 3. PS3 players will be able to download and play the game for free.
It’s the base version of the game, which means Premium and DLC are not included. It’s unclear whether Close Quarters will be included, as the DLC was recently made free. Other free games include Saints Row The Third, and Payday: The Heist.
PlayStation Plus costs $50 a year, and offers a bunch of extra features for PS3 gamers. Best of all, each month, there are several games released for free. Like Battlefield 3.
If you’re on the PS3 and haven’t tried out BF3 yet, now is your chance. You’ll get to play it for free, giving you a few months of practice time before Battlefield 4 is released this Fall (on October 29).
Recently, EA discounted BF3 to just $5 on Origin, and something tells us we’ll see more offers on Origin and elsewhere soon. And we’ll be sure to let you know here.
If you’re one of the few gamers in the world who has yet to try out Battlefield 3, now is your chance. EA is running a big discount on the game on Origin, where you can download the PC version for just $5. That’s right, just $5 bucks.
If you want more discounts, you can get Battlefield 3 Premium for just $15. If that’s too much and you want the expansion packs separately, they’ll run you $7.50 each.
The offer lasts for just a few more days, until June 19. You can check out the deals here.
To celebrate the announcement of Battlefield 4 at E3 2013, DICE and EA have rewarded BF3 players with a free DLC: Close Quarters is now free to play for all BF3 owners, not just Premium members. If you’re a Premium member, you can now also take advantage of the double XP “weekend”, or rather, “week”, as you can now get double XP for the rest of the week in BF3. DICE is currently showcasing BF4 at E3, and you can check out the first multiplayer gameplay trailer here.
iPhone owners have been able to enjoy taking their Battlelog on the go with the iOS app, but Android users were initially snubbed of a mobile app. Not any longer. DICE has released the official Battlelog Android app, where you’ll be able to check your stats, chat with your friends, etc, while on the go. Just like its iOS counterpart, the Battlelog app for Android will be free of charge.