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Battlefield 3 This Fall with 64-Player Support

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DICE and EA reveal a few details about Battlefield 3.

The official Battlefield blog over on EA's website announces that Battlefield 3 will finally ship this Fall. The direct sequel will arrive just over six years after the June 2005 release of Battlefield 2 for the PC. The franchise itself originally kick-started with the release of Battlefield 1942 back in 2002.

Powered by the Frostbite 2 engine, Battlefield 3 will be a true successor to Battlefield 2 and include a single-player campaign, a co-op campaign, and 64-player multiplayer support for the PC version right out of the box. Unfortunately, little else was provided in the brief update save for an option to pre-order the Battlefield 3 Limited Edition without listing what the package will actually contain.

According to the blog, the first big reveal will be through the March issue of Game Informer. As with the blog, the magazine doesn't spill the beans on line, wanting anxious gamers to rush to their mailboxes or their local bookstore. However the magazine gives a little insight into why it took DICE so long to develop the third installment.

"DICE has honed the concept for the true sequel for years, but it wasn't until the company developed the powerful new Frostbite 2 engine that it felt all the pieces were in place to create a proper follow-up," the magazine teases. "Armed with powerful upgrades like deferred rendering, real-time radiosity, a new animation system borrowed from the EA Sports label, and an exponential leap in destructibility, executive producer Patrick Bach dubs Frostbite 2 'the best piece of technology on the market when it comes to building games.'"

Currently Battlefield 3 is heading to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC this fall. Expect more details to emerge as we get closer to GDC later this month.

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    SneakySnake , February 4, 2011 11:52 PM
    Yes. yes, yes, yes.
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    winner4455 , February 5, 2011 12:27 AM
    Lagggggggggggg
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    truehighroller , February 5, 2011 12:32 AM
    That's what I'm talking about, WOOO! No lag they are not, IW. Bad Company 2 makes Modern Warfare and Black Ops look like poop.
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    tmax , February 5, 2011 12:55 AM
    BF3 will be epic.
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    sundevilchemist , February 5, 2011 1:03 AM
    Is BF3 the same title as Bad Company 1/2? I love Bad Company 2 on PS3. Never had lag. Just had issues were my rankings and guns disappeared. That glitch sucked.
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    lifelesspoet , February 5, 2011 1:16 AM
    Best. Lan party. Ever.
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    anacandor , February 5, 2011 1:19 AM
    64 player multiplayer?
    Game of the year, every year!!
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    Anonymous , February 5, 2011 2:08 AM
    resistance 2 had 60 players, didn't lag as far as i remember and mag with its 128 didn't either, so this shouldn't be a problem.
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    Trialsking , February 5, 2011 2:41 AM
    Bringin back the good old days of BF 1942 and the desert combat mod and BF2. 64 players. You consoles fan boys don't know what you guys missed from them days!
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    f4nt4sm4 , February 5, 2011 3:24 AM
    I'm a little reluctant to have prone, no dolphin tactics and we are ok.
    It seems LAN support in these times is a little out of question but It will surely kick ass!

    BTW EA do a Presale on steam, I hate your online store, it always redirect me to the european prices and hell I'm in Mexico =(
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    aznshinobi , February 5, 2011 3:45 AM
    They better use Steam to host servers. EA servers are garbage. -_- maybe this time they'll learn. Hopefully the newly hired Infinity Ward higher ups help out EA with online servers.
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    fonzy , February 5, 2011 3:46 AM
    "DICE has honed the concept for the true sequel for years, but it wasn't until the company developed the powerful new Frostbite 2 engine that it felt all the pieces were in place to create a proper follow-up,"

    Haha yeah right, they didn't because they were milking as much money from the consoles as possible... But anyway I loved BF2 so BF3 will be just as good.
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    idisarmu , February 5, 2011 4:19 AM
    Command & Conquer has support for 120+ players. While I have never seen this phenomenon, in 2007-2008, there were several servers that had 50-60 players all day long. Welcome to 2002 everybody!
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    Nexus52085 , February 5, 2011 5:23 AM
    Yeah, anyone jump in and correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the reason why they're no lag is due to the fact that their are so few objects for the server to have to connect to relative to RTS games. The map(tanks, aircraft, buildings etc.) is loaded as a hub for everyone to connect to, but the map itself and the graphics as whole, for that matter, have very little to do with lag.
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    Nexus52085 , February 5, 2011 5:24 AM
    excuse my typo, I meant to say "there's"
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    joytech22 , February 5, 2011 5:56 AM
    Now imagine 32v32 where half of each team is only vehicles and the other half is just infantry! Now that my friends is what war looks like.
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    the associate , February 5, 2011 5:59 AM
    I will upgrade my video card and get a 30" ips just for this game...
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    kamakazedman2142 , February 5, 2011 6:01 AM
    Bad Company has nothing to do with Bf3.
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    haxs101 , February 5, 2011 6:05 AM
    You guy must haven't played BF2, its still popular, and supports 64 people, with NO lag. I don't see why people think it would lag with 64 people..? See what game's have done.. Decrease the amount of players on a server, leaving MORE server's up with less people.. 64 people in BF2 is awesome, I can't believe they are releasing news on this game! I've been waiting for the tiniest bit of info for forever!
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    toxxel , February 5, 2011 6:13 AM
    BF3 won't be the same because they will spout off about complication with the newer engine like they did with bc2 and not release mod tools. What's a BF game with out mods or even map editor tools? I'll expect the same treatment for content releases being rehashed maps from different game modes. The series died long ago and all it is now is an empty shell, user content "made them". Only good Battlefield game was 1942 in my own opinion.
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