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On September 11th, 2012 in News

Cheating is still a big problem in Battlefield 3. To make matters worse, the “Report” button on Battlelog has never worked properly — many reported cheaters are still playing and ruining the game for everyone else. Now there’s hope on the horizon: DICE has improved the “Report” player functionality, which now lets users report cheaters and stats padders, and lets them submit links to Battle reports, select the soldier that’s suspected of cheating. DICE promises that reported cheaters will be manually checked by the anti-cheat team at DICE. Hopefully the system will work better this time.

On September 6th, 2012 in Videos


If you’re still not excited about the Armored Kill DLC, the launch trailer will surely put you over the top. Armored Kill is already out to Premium members on the PlayStation 3 and will be rolled out over the next few weeks to everyone else. Check out the full release schedule here. DICE has also released a patch along side the DLC, which brings a ton of weapon and vehicle tweaks. You can find the full patch notes here.

On September 4th, 2012 in News

With the release of Armored Kill, DICE will also be releasing a general Battlefield 3 patch. The patch will mostly focus on weapon and vehicle tweaks in preparation to the new DLC. Here are the full patch notes:

WEAPONS BALANCING

Reload timer adjustments
A number of weapons have had their reload timers adjusted to better fit their animations and gameplay balance. For most of these weapons the gameplay timers were slightly out of sync with the actual reload animation, meaning the player could either fire before the animation was done, or had to wait longer than the animation played. Primarily this is a cosmetic change (around 0.1sec); however for a few weapons (M416, F2000, FAMAS, KH2002, MK3A1, JNG90, MG36 QBU-88, SVD, Pecheneg, SCAR-H, AN-94) this should also improve the performance of the weapon. Full details below:
• Short and Long reload reduced: SCAR-L, AEK-971, F2000, AN-94, AK-74, PP2000, G3A3, SKS, MG36, JNG-90, MK3A1, SCAR-H, SVD, QBZ-95B
• Long reload reduced: AUG A3, 44 Magnum, KH2002, Pecheneg, L85A2, QBB-95, M1911, MP7
• Short reload reduced: M417, FAMAS, M39 EBR, M416, PP-19, QBU-88
• Short and long reload increased: ASVal
• Long reload reduced, shot reload increased: M4A1
• Long reload increased: P90
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On September 1st, 2012 in Videos


Battlefield 3 Armored Kill DLC is just around the corner, and DICE have released a quick flythrough video showcasing the map. It’s great to see Battlefield 3 get a proper winter/snow map, even if it looks a lot like Skyrim. Or rather, it looks like Skyrim was supposed to look like, with much more advanced graphics. We can imagine Alborz Mountains becoming one of the most popular Armored Kill maps in the future. DICE has an in-depth blog post here with tons of behind the scenes details on the map, how it was made, etc. It’s definitely worth a read.

On August 27th, 2012 in News

EA has revealed the release dates for Battlefield 3 Armored Kill, the third downloadable content pack for Battlefield 3. Since PlayStation 3 owners get early access, and so do Premium members, there are several different dates. In fact, there are 4 different release dates for Armored Kill, depending on what platform you play on.

  • Regular release date: September 25 on PC and Xbox 360 (non Premium)
  • Regular release date for PS3: September 18 (non Premium)
  • Premium subscribers on PS3: September 4
  • Premium subscribers on PC and Xbox 360: September 11.

Yep, it’s just as confusing as it looks. Either way, we’re glad to finally have a solid release date (or 4) for Armored Kill.

On August 26th, 2012 in News

BF3 servers
Good news for console Battlefield 3 players: DICE has increased the official server count four-fold, offering a lot more variety when it comes to maps and game modes. Console players have long requested more official servers, and now they’re getting about 4X as many, both on the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. Simply search for “DICE” in the server browser menu to find a list of all official DICE servers.

On August 23rd, 2012 in News

BF3 armored kill
Brace yourselves, Battlefield 3 Premium members. The exclusive August content has been released, and includes the following items:

  • New Armored Kill gameplay video
  • Artwork booklet with 24 original BF3 concept artworks (digital download)
  • Contest: pitch a Battlefield 3 map idea to DICE
  • Another exclusive double XP weekend, starts August 25

We still don’t have a firm release date for Armored Kill, but it’s looking like a late-September release at this point. So far More details on the official Battlefield blog.

On August 17th, 2012 in News

BF3 Gun Master
DICE included a new game mode with the release of Close Quarters. Called “Gun Master”, the mode is very similar to the old “Gun Game” Counter-Strike mod, where players have to score a kill with a weapon before being awarded a new weapon, and have to progress through the weapons arsenal in order to win the match. In Battlefield 3′s Gun Master, the weapon list is set by default and cannot be changed, which means there isn’t much replay value to the mode. Now DICE’s Daniel Matros reveals that they’re looking into giving server admins the option to control what weapons are available in Gun Master on their server. This could mix things up a bit, offering more creative matches.

On August 13th, 2012 in News

Battlefield 4
There have been some rumors that Battlefield 4 could actually be set in the future, e.g. Battlefield 2143. But that appears to be less likely now, according to recent comments made by DICE general manager Karl-Magnus Troedsson. Speaking at GDC Europe, he said that they intend to stay in the modern era with Battlefield 4, saying:

“We still want to stay in this genre, the modern day as it is. We feel this is a place we can be and continue with the series. Battlefield 4 can live in this space and be very successful.”

Battlefield’s main competitor, Call of Duty, will be going futuristic this Fall with Black Ops 2, where it’s set a decade into the future. Technically, it’s not a true sci-fi shooter like Battlefield 2142 was, but it does seem like the obvious direction to take a franchise in. However, Troedsson had another quick comment about the Battlefield 4 name:

“And, yes, I know Battlefield 4 is probably the most creative name we ever could come up with. I can’t comment any more on that because it’s all secret”

His remark was a bit sarcastic, and it could indicate of a possible name change for Battlefield 4, or at least a sub title of sorts. Battlefield 4: Attack Of The EOD bots, anyone?

On August 10th, 2012 in News

BF3 loadout
Battlelog is getting more and more features these days. We’ve seen the addition of live score-boards, improved server browser, custom matches, and now a brand new feature lets players select their weapon and accessory loadouts. A new tab is available in the soldier section, which lets players select the weapons, accessories, specializations, gadgets, and pretty much everything else for all classes and all vehicles. The new loadout feature works on all Battlefield 3 platforms. You can even browse what loadouts other players are using, and copy it with just one click.

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