PC Gamers the world over had a collective erection when the Battlefield 3 trailer first hit . Having fragged their way through the Bad Company series and 1943, Battlefield 3 was quickly becoming vapourware, more so than a bonafide up-coming episode in DICE’s long-running series.

Now, more details are emerging as a hungry public presses in for more details. Console players may wish to take deep breaths at this point, due to system limitations you’ll be restricted to 24 players while PC players enjoy the full 64 player experience.

Here’s the official spin…

Battlefield 3 leaps ahead of the competition with the power of Frostbite™ 2, the next instalment of DICE’s cutting-edge game engine. This state-of-the-art technology is the foundation on which Battlefield 3 is built, delivering superior visual quality, a grand sense of scale, massive destruction, dynamic audio and incredibly lifelike character animations. As bullets whiz by, walls crumble, and explosions throw you to the ground, the battlefield feels more alive and interactive than ever before. In Battlefield 3, players step into the role of the elite U.S. Marines where they will experience heart-pounding single player missions and competitive multiplayer actions ranging across diverse locations from around the globe including Paris, Tehran and New York.

KEY FEATURES

Frostbite 2 – Battlefield 3 introduces Frostbite 2, the incredible technology that takes animation, destruction, lighting, scale and audio to new heights. Built upon this powerful game engine, Battlefield 3 immerses players physically and emotionally to the world around them like never before.

Feel the Battle — Feel the impact of bullets and explosions, drag your fallen comrades into safety, and mount your weapon on almost any part of the terrain. Battlefield 3′s cutting edge animation, spectacular visuals and real as hell battle gameplay attack your senses and make you feel the visceral warriors experience like no other FPS.

Unparalleled Vehicle Warfare — The best online vehicle warfare experience gets even better with a fitting sonic boom as fighter jets headline impressive lineup of land, air and sea vehicles.

Urban Combat — Take the fight to iconic and unexpected places in the USA, Middle East, and Europe including claustrophobic streets, metropolitan downtowns, and open, vehicle-friendly landscapes as you fight your way through the war of tomorrow.

Given the already pleasing eye-candy of Frostbite 1.5, the engine behind 1943 and BC2, the idea of a non-XP, DX11 built engine is both exciting and costly for the average gamer. With the giant audience that DICE enjoy, it’s looking likely that this will shift more new tech than Crysis could have ever hoped to.

In a move that seems to have upset some of the more anti-corporate gamers, buying the Limited Edition will net you four classic BF maps (including that most awesome of nade-fests Steak At Korkwood, Stroke at Kirkland, Strike at Karkand) but buying a regular edition will mean a DLC purchase one month after release. Given the value EA has provided in their DLC (over, say, Activision) I think we should all wait a little longer before picking up our pitchforks.

The Battlefield 3 Limited Edition includes Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand at no extra charge*

This themed expansion pack features four legendary maps from Battlefield 2 boldly re-imagined with Frostbite 2 physics, destruction and visuals. Completing the package are classic Battlefield 2 weapons and vehicles, unique rewards, new achievements / trophies, and more. For those who don’t pre-order to secure the limited edition, Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand expansion content will be available for purchase approximately one month after the game’s release.

Interestingly, details surrounding the first month DLC was not intended for release but ‘human error’ caused the wrong image to be posted and a canny user at PlanetBattlefield picked up on this. This kind of error is happening more and more frequently and I’m starting to wonder if it’s some sort of psychological marketing tool to guage player reaction to new things.

DICE staff have also been madly tweeting with Alan Kertz in particular handing out clues like an old man with candy..
Demize99 Alan Kertz You’ll be able to lie down on the job.
Demize99 Alan Kertz I have no comment on Battle Recorder. #BF3

Demize99 Alan Kertz Yes, really prone. Don’t worry about the balance part, I’ve got it covered… I hate shooting delays. There’s plenty of other ways to balance prone than keeping people from shooting… I see prone as a tactical decision, become a small target, give up mobility.

Demize99 Alan Kertz MoH MP and BC2 used the same weapon and FOV systems… BF3 is an upgraded version.

Demize99 Alan Kertz Tracers are in, period. Players need to feel the fire fight, and tracers add to that feeling. You can hide other ways… No, no tracer darts. That’s a bit too BC and not enough BF.


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[Source: GamesOnNet]