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:
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
DICE 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”.
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.
DICE has released a brand new Battlefield 3 trailer, called “My Life”, and it shows some new gameplay footage, including a brief clip of driving a tank and flying a jet. Also, a stunning few frames of an entire building collapsing (at the 1:10 mark). This is just a teaser of the full length 12 minute trailer set for release on April 17 (in two days).