DICE is currently working on a Battlefield 3 patch that will improve a number of things, fix some issues, and so on — whatever a patch is supposed to do. But the upcoming patch will also tweak some gameplay elements like weapons and vehicles, chief of which are the jets. If you’ve tried to fly a jet in Battlefield 3, you’d know that the entry bar is very steep: you are only given access to a machine gun, which is incredibly hard to rake up any points with in order to get any useful weapon unlocks, like air to air missiles or even flares.
But according to DICE’s Frederik Thylander (via Twitter), jets are getting “buffed up” in an upcoming Battlefield 3 patch. Thylander responded to complaints from users that jets are underpowered, which they in many ways are in their current form. It’s still unknown what kind of upgrades jets might receive, but at the very least, we hope that flares are available as standard.
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The first Battlefield 3 expansion pack Back to Karkand is just the beginning of a set of expansions, according to EA. During their conference call with investors yesterday, EA revealed that Battlefield 3 has an “aggressive downloadable content plan”, according to EA’s Frank Gibeau. So far Back to Karkand is the only announced DLC pack, which will be free to owners of Battlefield 3 Limited Edition. But Battlefield 3 players have more to look forward to, according to Gibeau, who added:
“Our plans over the next 6 months is to have a very robust set of expansion packs past on Strike at Karkand and that we think the community’s going to be very, very excited about.”
Gibeau continued, saying that EA will be constantly improving “servers and infrastructure with new features and enhancements”. No news on what kind of expansion packs we can anticipate, but we expect the usual new maps, weapons and vehicles. Unless EA and DICE have a surprise in for us (Battlefield 2143, anyone?).
For more on Back to Karkand, check out the recently revealed Strike at Karkand screenshots.
By now we’ve seen the same old Battlefield 3 “soldier” thousands of times, from wallpapers, to game covers, to trailers, and even PC hardware and peripherals. Now Swedish media reveals the real man behind the Battlefield soldier, Dennis Lennartsson, who reports that he and DICE took over 500 potential photos for the Battlefield 3 cover, ending up with what we now know as the “soldier”.
Lennartsson says all the combat gear he wore weighted 30 KG, about 65 pounds, which he had on him not only during the photo shoots, but during extensive motion capture filming he did for the singleplayer campaign. If you think the Battlefield 3 cover looks familiar to the Bad Company 2 cover, it’s because Lennaartsson posed for that one as well.
The past week has been hectic, to say the least, with Battlefield 3 launching, getting rave reviews, and going on to ship and impressive 10 million units. Here’s the full run-down of the news from the past week.
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EA just released 6 new screenshots from the upcoming Strike at Karkand map, from the Back to Karkand expansion pack. In addition, EA revealed that Back to Karkand will be coming this December, and will include 10 new weapons (full list here), 3 new vehicles (including the BTR-90 and the F35B jet), and a “new persistence system where players complete assignments to earn their rewards”. In addition, the DLC will include new dog tags and new Xbox 360 achievements/PS3 trophies.
Back to Karkand is free to everyone who bought the Limited Edition of Battlefield 3. The DLC includes 4 Battlefield 2 maps remade for Battlefield 3: Strike at Karkand, Gulf of Oman, Wake Island and Sharqi Peninsula. You can check out the first screenshots of the new Karkand map below:
EA CEO John Riccitiello today announced via a conference call to investors that Battlefield 3 has already shipped 10 million units within a week of release, with 3 million of those being pre-orders. He also noted that the game is in such high demand that many retailers are running out of stock and have re-ordered copies with the publisher. For comparison, EA revealed that Bad Company 2 has sold 11 million units to date, a number which Battlefield 3 should easily surpass by the end of this month.
We’re previously heard analysts estimate Battlefield 3 sales at around 8 to 10 million, but no one had predicted such a strong launch — the biggest one-day shipment in EA’s history, according to EA COO Peter Moore. Battlefield 3′s chief competitor, Modern Warfare 3, is scheduled for launch early next month, and Battlefield 3 has gotten a decent head start in terms of sales. Most analysts and industry insiders predict Modern Warfare 3 will sell twice as many units as Battlefield 3.
The first Battlefield 3 expansion/DLC, called Back to Karkand, will offer 4 maps that have been remade for Battlefield 3. The maps won’t be recreated block for block, but will bring some changes and updates with them.
A new competition from DICE gives players the chance to name a control point in the new version of Gulf of Oman, one of the most popular Battlefield 2 maps. DICE’s new design philosophy is that the new Gulf Of Oman is set “a few years later in time than the original battles”. For a comparison, they’ve released the above screenshots, showing Gulf of Oman’s “beach” capture point in Battlefield 2, and its remake in Battlefield 3. You can check out the competition here.
To all BF2 fans out there, what do you think of Gulf of Oman’s new look?
Many of those who pre-ordered Battlefield 3 on Origin may wonder where their promised “Physical Warfare pack” is — the pack that includes the DAO-12 shotgun, Type 88 LMG, and a couple of other unlocks. The pack isn’t bundled with the game, instead, EA has been sending out codes via email.
So remember to check your email for a Physical Warfare pack code, and redeem it on Origin. After you’ve redeemed it, the new weapons and unlocks will be available next time you play Battlefield 3.
The vast majority of gaming publications have released their Battlefield 3 reviews, and so far they’ve been overwhelmingly positive, getting near-perfect scores from many publications. We thought of doing a Battlefield review ourselves, but what’s the point? It would become the most biased review out there
Here’s a run-down of the Battlefield 3 reviews so far:
What do you think of Battlefield 3 so far? Use the comments to share your thoughts!