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On April 23rd, 2011 in Site news

BF3 facebook
At ease, BF3blog readers!

We’ve finally gotten our act together and created a page on this little-known website called Facebook. Yes, you read that right, we’re now on Facebook, and we intend to keep the page alive and updated regularly.

So far we have the net sum of “0″ — that’s zero — Likes on Facebook, and we’re sure you guys can help us improve that miserable record. So click on to the Facebook page, Like it, comment and send us your thoughts.

BF3blog, over and out.

On April 22nd, 2011 in Editorial, News

While it’s almost certain that Battlefield 3 will launch early this November (at least according to EA CEO), it’s set to take on its main rivals on the FPS scene, which begins with the third installment in the Call of Duty Modern Warfare franchise. Here are the release dates for FPS games that Battlefield 3 will be up against this Fall:

Fall 2011 release dates for FPS/shooters in competition with Battlefield 3:

  • Battlefield 3 (November)
  • Modern Warfare 3 (November)
  • Rage (September)
  • Far Cry 3 (September)
  • Deus Ex 3: Human Revolution (September)
  • Gears of War 3 (September, Xbox 360 exclusive)
  • Hitman 5 (November/December)
  • Resistance 3 (September, PS3 exclusive)
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (November, PS3 exclusive)
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines (November/December)
  • Mass Effect 3 (November/December)
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (Fall 2011/unconfirmed)

As you can see, there are clearly a lot of heavyweights on the list set to compete with Battlefield 3, chief of which are Modern Warfare 3, and ID Games’ highly anticipated Rage. On top of that, Battlefield 3 will feature competition on both consoles with two big franchises for Sony and Microsoft: Uncharted 3 on the PS3 and Gears of War 3 on the Xbox 360.

The competition for gamers’ money will be be fierce this Fall.

On April 21st, 2011 in Site news

We’ve added several new pages to our Bf3blog Battlefield 3 information center, this time, we got pages on the beta, system requirements, and a collection of trailers and screenshots. Check them out:

Battlefield 3 system requirements

We’ve investigated the requirements for the previous Frostbite-based games, and dug up all the little details DICE has said regarding BF3 (e.g. no Windows XP or DirectX 9 support). Check out the full Battlefield 3 system requirements page for our run down.

Battlefield 3 beta

The Battlefield 3 beta is expected to run this summer or early Fall, but most certainly well before the November release date for Battlefield 3. So far only those with a copy of Medal of Honor have been promised access to the beta. Read more on the Battlefield 3 beta.

Battlefield 3 trailers

We’ve collected all the Battlefield 3 trailers released so far, including the recent 12 minute singleplayer Fault Line trailer. Check out the Battlefield 3 trailers page for more.

Battlefield 3 screenshots

Finally, we’ve gathered all the Battlefield 3 screenshots released so far, all in one place, and all in 1080p HD quality. Check out the Battlefield 3 screenshots page for all the images.

On April 21st, 2011 in Gallery

Battlefield 3 iPad
We’ve gotten requests to create some iPad wallpapers to all our readers out there, and we’re happy to comply, given that the iPad has become such an important gadget in the world. We’ve created quite a few different versions, hopefully enough to please everyone. Enjoy!

On April 20th, 2011 in News

BF3 demo
UPDATE: GameSpot has gotten a message from EA saying Bach meant that Battlefield 3 will be getting a “sampler” of the game, in the form of a beta. Therefore, no demo has been confirmed.

You can find our original article below:

Our good friend at DICE, Patrick Bach, has been doing another round of interviews, answering all sort of questions (and handing out a lot of “no comment” answers), this time with Xbox World, where he answered a few of the same questions that have been circulating for a while.

But one question and answer caught our attention in particular: Battlefield 3 will be getting a demo before release. No other details were given, as Bach simply replied “yes” to the question of a demo. We can assume, or at least, hope, the it’ll be a multiplayer demo, much like with Battlefield 2. However, since Battlefield 3 seems to have a potent singleplayer campaign, we might see a singleplayer level or two. Finger crossed :)

On April 20th, 2011 in News

BF3 theme
If you’re a console owner, with either an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, we’re pleased to let you in on a little update that was released on the two consoles today: both the Xbox 360 and PS3 have now a Battlefield 3 dashboard theme.

The Xbox 360 dashboard theme is available on the Xbox Live Marketplace (link) for 240 MS points, or $3 bucks, while the PlayStation 3 version is available on the PlayStation Network (link), free of charge.

On April 19th, 2011 in Gallery, News

Battlefield 3 night
We took the latest, 12 minute Fault Line trailer and extracted 15 new HD screenshots (1080p quality), of some of the angles and scenes we haven’t seen before, like the city at night (shown above), driving inside a tank, and flying a jet as well. You can check out the full trailer in 1080p quality here.

On April 18th, 2011 in News

BF3 banner
EA has previously stated that they intend to spend $100 million marketing Battlefield 3, and they’ve already started with a few TV spots during last nights NBA Playoff games, and today, the roll out of website banners has begun, with banners and full site ads appearing on gaming sites like GameSpot, IGN and GameTrailers. In addition, several non-gaming related sites like ESPN have been spotted with Battlefield 3 banners (see image above).

While it’s somewhat unusual to begin advertising of a game that’s 6 months away, it’s clear that EA is trying to create wide awareness of BF3 before the expected news blowout begins at E3, where Battlefield 3 is most likely to be fully unveiled. E3 is the biggest gaming trade show in the world and the biggest gaming event of the year, and runs from June 7 – 9, a good 50 days from now. However, don’t expect EA to stay silent on the BF3 news front until then.

On April 17th, 2011 in News

DICE Patrick BachDICE has always stressed that the main platform for Battlefield 3 is the PC, which will also get some exclusive features, most notably 64 player support (as opposed to only 24 for consoles). In one of his many recent interviews, this time with Nvidia fan site GeForce, DICE executive producer Patrick Bach responded to a question regarding PC versus consoles, and it was clear that Bach and DICE are in favor on PCs at this point.

Asked specifically whether he feels if consoles are holding PC gaming back, Bach replied “Yes, Absolutely”, and added “That’s the biggest problem we have today”. He went on, saying that most games are made for the lowest common denominator (i.e. consoles), and that console games are generally ported to the PC with some higher resolution textures. Bach stressed that DICE is doing the opposite with Battlefield 3 — the PC version is the lead version and the console versions will be scaled down, as opposed to console version being scaled up to the PC.

Despite favoring the PC platform, DICE has always stated that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions will look just as good as anything on the console market today. Bach also commented on whether the Frostbite 2.0 engine will be licensed out to other developers, which he denied with a firm “No”.

On April 16th, 2011 in Videos

After weeks of waiting, DICE has finally released the full length Battlefield 3 Fault Lines trailer, clocking in at 12 minutes. From what we can see, it doesn’t include any new footage we haven’t seen before, although it’s great to get everything bolted together in a single video.

Now, DICE, can we move on to the multiplayer, please? :)

UPDATE: We’ve updated the video with our own upload to YouTube. The new video is in glorious 1080p quality. Enjoy.

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