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Battlefield 3 Confirmed, Not Dated

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John Pleasants, chief operating officer of Electronic Arts, confirmed today that Battlefield 3 is currently in development.

John Pleasants, chief operating officer of Electronic Arts, confirmed today that Battlefield 3 is currently in development over at DICE, making it the next full installment in the Battlefield franchise. John disclosed the information during a presentation at the William Blair Growth Stock Conference in Chicago. Battlefield 2, also published by Electronic Arts, was released back in June 2005 using the Swedish developer's Refractor 2 engine; Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield Vietnam serves as the series' first two installments.

According to Pleasants, the game is shaping up. "I've had the luxury of looking at Battlefield 3 over at DICE in Sweden and was highly impressed by the way the team is working on that product," he said during the presentation. "Of course, that's not in [this] fiscal year, but that is a product that is looking very good." And of course, he's not going to say anything negative about the game seeing that EA has invested millions into the project; his comment serves as the unofficial official pre-press announcement that the game does actual exist.

News of Battlefield 3 has surfaced many times before. Nearly two years ago, a features list surfaced, originally intended for EA investors but somehow "leaked" onto the Internet. Apparently the game was to be set in modern day times, taking place somewhere in the Middle East. The game was also to feature up to 40 players per team on eight different maps. In addition to in-game replay functionality, customizable characters, and unlockable equipment, both factions would have access to its own arsenal of 17 different weapons and 24 different vehicles. The game was even slated for a Q4 2008 release, however that obviously never happened.

Still, if the original plans hold true, Electronic Arts may release a public beta for Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS X before the game goes retail. Based on Pleasant's revelation, Battlefield 3 won't be a possibility until after March 2010, maybe even during the holiday season.

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    fonzy , June 11, 2009 9:41 PM
    PC only please!
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    the associate , June 11, 2009 9:36 PM
    Oh man I will be looking forward to this, drm infested or not, my boycot will hold true to ANY other game (unless it doesn't live up to my expectations of course)
    Also can't wait to see some screenies :) 
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    LiteBulb , June 11, 2009 9:36 PM
    Best news I've heard all year! This is EPIC. Hopefully, Dice can pull it off again. I'm not a fan of the console Battlefields, but BF2 on PC was awesome. Most fun I've had playing a PC game.

    Please Dice, no Frostbite engine for BF3. Leave that for the consoles, please.
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    fonzy , June 11, 2009 9:41 PM
    PC only please!
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    anamaniac , June 11, 2009 9:56 PM
    I'm looking forward to this.

    BF2 was a awesome game. I lost the serial for online play however. This mixed with a repartition. :'( 

    BF2 may be a fun online game, but it's still missing features that I want.

    For example...
    I want a real all out war.
    2+ factions to choose from for your online account.
    Epic battles consisting of 200+ players.
    Complete ranking system involving generals, liuetenatants, squad commanders, etc.
    Somewhat squad based front line combat. Say, 3-24 people per squad, each with 1-2 commands, with mixed roles (not required, but say, squad 1 has a medic, sniper, 3 anti tanks, and commander with a heavy machine gun. Squad 2 has a tank, 2 heavy machine gunners, a medic, engineer, trapper, jeep, and commander with light weaponry. Squad 3 is just a group of say, 3 fighter jets and 1 bomber. Squad 4 is 11 basic infrantry and two commanders). 1 commander in a tank to control squad 1-5, another in a jeep to control squads 6-10, one in another jeep to control squads 11-15, a commander to control the artilery, and a general to control those 4 men from a fortified bunker.

    All. Out. War.
    My ultimate idea of a wargame. Battlefield has the potential, and I honestly don't believe it'd be hard to integrate all that (though one hell of a server would be required for 200+ players).

    ;) 
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    computabug , June 11, 2009 10:05 PM
    Sweet! I was getting bored of all the futuristic-ness of 2142. Well maybe not 'bored', but it didn't really feel... engaging? (can't find the right word lol). So much more fun if we could associate it with modern day life :)  Now we've gotta wait for Modern Warfare 2 lol.
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    computabug , June 11, 2009 10:07 PM
    fonzyPC only please!

    +1
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    the_one111 , June 11, 2009 11:27 PM
    anamaniacI honestly don't believe it'd be hard to integrate all that (though one hell of a server would be required for 200+ players).

    Which is why you aren't a game developer.

    Right now that is impossible. And it will be for several years
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    EasyC , June 11, 2009 11:31 PM
    anamaniacI'm looking forward to this.BF2 was a awesome game. I lost the serial for online play however. This mixed with a repartition. BF2 may be a fun online game, but it's still missing features that I want.For example...I want a real all out war.2+ factions to choose from for your online account.Epic battles consisting of 200+ players.Complete ranking system involving generals, liuetenatants, squad commanders, etc.Somewhat squad based front line combat. Say, 3-24 people per squad, each with 1-2 commands, with mixed roles (not required, but say, squad 1 has a medic, sniper, 3 anti tanks, and commander with a heavy machine gun. Squad 2 has a tank, 2 heavy machine gunners, a medic, engineer, trapper, jeep, and commander with light weaponry. Squad 3 is just a group of say, 3 fighter jets and 1 bomber. Squad 4 is 11 basic infrantry and two commanders). 1 commander in a tank to control squad 1-5, another in a jeep to control squads 6-10, one in another jeep to control squads 11-15, a commander to control the artilery, and a general to control those 4 men from a fortified bunker.All. Out. War.My ultimate idea of a wargame. Battlefield has the potential, and I honestly don't believe it'd be hard to integrate all that (though one hell of a server would be required for 200+ players).


    Go play Arma then. (great game, I'm not knocking it).

    Personally, I hope they keep BF3 as "Arcadey" and unrealistic as possible.
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    indigoataxia , June 12, 2009 12:09 AM
    Battlefield 1943: Pacific is also due out this summer. Its a download only, multiplayer only pc game similiar to HF2: Portal. Its kinda like an update to 1942, having Wake Island, Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima.
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    GAZZOO , June 12, 2009 12:16 AM
    BF2 was an fantastic game I was looking forward to the next one BF3 but I see it will have the rubber stamp from EA ( securom DRM ) on it so I gues it will rubber stanped by me as ( Boycot )
    Gazz
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    NuclearShadow , June 12, 2009 1:00 AM
    This is great news and a max of 80 players sounds awesome.
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    apache_lives , June 12, 2009 5:53 AM
    how many several-hundred megabyte patches will this game require to work almost like it was supposed to?
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    apache_lives , June 12, 2009 5:54 AM
    nuclearshadowThis is great news and a max of 80 players sounds awesome.


    BF2 you can mod it to what, 128 players? In co-op too! but it manages to lag most machines out big time (havnt tried it with a dedicated server yet)
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    apache_lives , June 12, 2009 5:56 AM
    oh and im not badmouthing the Battlefield series - one of my favourites - it was just a lot of headaches getting my 3 player lan setup and actually working correctly, compared to say, the Unreal Tournament series :) 
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    Anonymous , June 12, 2009 12:45 PM
    Awesome news. I can't wait to see what the graphics look like. This is exciting news.
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    bunz_of_steel , June 12, 2009 12:46 PM
    I play BF2 ALOT!!!. But whoever coded BF2 (Dice or whoeva) U are a punk. BF2 constantly locks up and reboots servers online all the time. Ask ANY BF2 guy in the game. I only play on ranked servers that are beefed up with all the bandwidth it needs. T1/DS3.. WHATEVA. Server code is so stupid and buggy, game will reboot/crash server. Ask any player in game who's an admin they will tell ya..... EA U suk the big one and your BF2 game is fabulous play UR CODE SUKS AND YOU DON'T PATCH JACK RIGHT AND CAN'T FIX YOUR KRAP.
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    AdamB5000 , June 12, 2009 12:50 PM
    Cool.

    Please include bots for offline play! Sometimes it's fun to just horse around or my bro and I can play 2 human + 8 bots vs. 30 bots.
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    AdamB5000 , June 12, 2009 12:51 PM
    Oh yeah, and don't make me do all this online registration just to play offline. That was majorly retarded in BF2.
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    jaymz1977 , June 12, 2009 1:33 PM
    something to add to my game server. I've been looking to expand from BF2.
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    hixbot , June 12, 2009 2:47 PM
    Only 40 players?! Booooooooooooooooo!
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