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EA: No Patches for Battlefield 3 Outside Origin

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EA and DICE are standing firm on their decision to keep Battlefield patches within the Origin platform.

Here's a bit of bad news for PC gamers who purchased Battlefield 3 outside EA's Origin digital platform: you won't (officially) get patches anywhere else, nor will there be standalone versions. Ever.

Both EA and DICE confirmed this fact on Friday in an email exchange with Ausgamers. As the site points out, the most recent patch weighs a hefty 3.6 GB. Because of this, Australian players on limited download plans have requested that EA release standalone files that can be downloaded from local ISPs instead of abroad.

"Many Australians have had issues downloading the huge volumes of content relating to Battlefield 3," the site reports. "The recent release of a 3.5 GB patch was another reminder that, for those of us on limited download plans, keeping games up to date is a bit of a hassle when your ISP isn't able to mirror them locally."

But apparently EA is sticking to its guns and will only update the popular military shooter through Origin. The company hasn't made this fact any kind of secret, indicating for some time now that it wants to keep updates and content packs within the EA ecosystem -- presumably for piracy reasons. This exclusive factor was part of the controversy surrounding the disappearance of EA games on Valve Software's Steam platform.

Still, EA and DICE may eventually change their minds if the multiplayer component begins to diminish in traffic because gamers are unable to download and install patches -- especially when they range in the gigabytes. Fans are encouraged to visit the official game forum and vent their thoughts if patching is a major problem.

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    joytech22 , December 10, 2011 7:44 AM
    Origin is a piece of crap..
    Steam on the other hand unifies all of the important stuff, patching, games, community, groups clans and friends, DLC + content, trailers, demo's, gifting etc..

    Origin has.. Games.. Friends.. Is EA-Only.. :\
    Seriously who came up with Origin? Is there anyone that actually likes it?

    Plus it tends to tell me my "REMEMBERED PASSWORD" from the ticked box is wrong a lot.
    It's like EA is intentionally trying to turn players away from their new content. :\
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    hotsacoman , December 10, 2011 7:51 AM
    People really need to start voting with their wallet...and not just for games. For everything. Easiest way to change the landscape.
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    ultraman , December 10, 2011 7:44 AM
    Origin should allow mirrors through local ISPs like Steam does. Then you can just download from Telstra or whoever you're with and have unmetered downloads.
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    ultraman , December 10, 2011 7:44 AM
    Origin should allow mirrors through local ISPs like Steam does. Then you can just download from Telstra or whoever you're with and have unmetered downloads.
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    joytech22 , December 10, 2011 7:44 AM
    Origin is a piece of crap..
    Steam on the other hand unifies all of the important stuff, patching, games, community, groups clans and friends, DLC + content, trailers, demo's, gifting etc..

    Origin has.. Games.. Friends.. Is EA-Only.. :\
    Seriously who came up with Origin? Is there anyone that actually likes it?

    Plus it tends to tell me my "REMEMBERED PASSWORD" from the ticked box is wrong a lot.
    It's like EA is intentionally trying to turn players away from their new content. :\
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    sublime2k , December 10, 2011 7:49 AM
    People don't have flat rate in 2011?

    Nonetheless, Origin still sucks.
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    hotsacoman , December 10, 2011 7:51 AM
    People really need to start voting with their wallet...and not just for games. For everything. Easiest way to change the landscape.
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    Thunderfox , December 10, 2011 7:52 AM
    Metered access? How awful. But then what the hell kind of game - especially a recently launched one - needs 3.6GB patches? Sounds like they didn't actually finish it until after it was already on sale.
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    LuckyDucky7 , December 10, 2011 7:53 AM
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    Fans are encouraged to visit the official game forum and vent their thoughts if patching is a major problem.


    Except if you complain about it on their forums (much less vent what everybody's thinking anyways), they'll just ban your account, which is standard operating procedure for them.
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    Anonymous , December 10, 2011 7:53 AM
    Not in Australia they don't
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    admir00 , December 10, 2011 7:57 AM
    EA and its Origin App annoy everyone. The EA's forums are filled with people complaining about that service. Don't even mention it's battlelog, and other 99 problems with BF3, but hey a bi*** ain't one. (from BF3 official trailer) :) 
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    admir00 , December 10, 2011 8:00 AM
    LuckyDucky7Except if you complain about it on their forums (much less vent what everybody's thinking anyways), they'll just ban your account, which is standard operating procedure for them.



    So true!
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    Benihana , December 10, 2011 8:00 AM
    Damn, one game I might've wanted to play for this year. Ah well, I guess it's back to the last CoD I "voted" for. CoD4. Or just TF2 it up. For free.

    And hotsacoman, you have a damn good point. :) 
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    atikkur , December 10, 2011 8:20 AM
    No steam? Fine, then no sale for me to you, ever. I hate when a service is just too strict.
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    ultraman , December 10, 2011 8:27 AM
    My main pet peeve with Origin is that I can't freely change my name. For some reason it's stuck as my username which is kind of stupid.
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    srafty , December 10, 2011 8:39 AM
    Thats okay, the massive patch ruined battlefield 3's game play balance and introduce more bugs then it fixed
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    celpas , December 10, 2011 8:54 AM
    EA YOUR STUPID SHITTY ORIGIN DOESNT EVEN SUPPORT RESUME.I CANT KEEP MY PC ON FOR 2 DAYS SO I TURNED IT OFF AT NIGHT WHEN IT WAS 70% AND THE NEXT MORNING WHEN I TRIED TO RESUME IT WENT TO 45%.I NEARLY BROKE THE BF3 CD IN RAGE.
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    intel4eva , December 10, 2011 9:03 AM
    Mr. Parrish, don't encourage players to "vent" on the official forums. There have been numerous reports of people getting banned from the forums for what appears to be not much, and have lost access to all the games linked through Origin, BF3 included.
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    molo9000 , December 10, 2011 9:30 AM
    Origin is the main reason I haven't bought BF3 (the other is the lack of an SDK).
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    Kodiack , December 10, 2011 9:52 AM
    Quote:
    Fans are encouraged to visit the official game forum and vent their thoughts if patching is a major problem.


    But what if they get banned? Then they can't play the game at all!
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    Kodiack , December 10, 2011 9:55 AM
    sync_nineAt least you can play on offline mode on origin, unlike steam.


    You do know there is an offline mode for Steam, correct? It's not exactly a secret...
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