Battlefield 3 beta 6x larger than Bad Company 2's

DICE GM says open beta for new shooter logging six times more simultaneous players than predecessor; final code will "look, play, and sound better."

In August, DICE announced that Battlefield 3 would have 10 times more in-game unlocks than 2010 predecessor Battlefield: Bad Company 2. However, that's not the only area where Battlefield 3 is surpassing its predecessor by leaps and bounds.

Battlefield 3 beta players are in better company. Or at least more of it.

Writing on the Battlefield blog, DICE general manager Karl-Magnus Troedsson said the beta for Battlefield 3--which opened to all last Thursday--has attracted six times the number of simultaneous players than the beta for Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

Magnus Troedsson explained that the main purpose of the Battlefield 3 beta is to stress-test the game's servers. He also noted that the beta's game code is "quite early" and "not representative of the final game."

Lastly, Magnus Troedsson stressed the importance of gamers giving their feedback of the beta to DICE. He said these critiques will affect not only the final code of Battlefield 3, but also "future development and support."

"The final game will look, play, and sound better than the open beta," he said. "You have helped making sure of that."

The beta for Battlefield 3 is currently available to all on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, and it ends on October 10. In the beta gamers will be able to play the title's Rush mode on the Operation Metro map, set in the subways of Paris. Rush mode has two teams fighting over key strategic points on the map, with one squad designated as attackers and the other ordered to protect the locations.

Battlefield 3 will sport both a single-player campaign and an online component, which can be played with up to 64 players (for the PC version only). It will also support co-op play for its campaign and will let gamers pilot jets, among other vehicles.

For more on the modern shooter, check out GameSpot's latest preview of Battlefield 3.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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dylan35
dylan35

so freakin only days away !!! was trying to avoid military fps this year ,but even getting killed a few times in metro tunnel told me this is gonna be grand!!! mantling over fence and the graphics were unbelievable im thrilled so leaving cod although i will miss lone wolf , kinda like playing alone some times!!!! there is no way this can suck and if it does ill suck it for awhile!!!!!!!!

CreatureRising
CreatureRising

Beta was in my mind a teaser. A smack in the face. "Heres the game half@ss, enjoy it? Give me your money for even more epicness."

Taffelost
Taffelost

Gief already! I absolutely loved the beta. As long as you take the time to find a good server with very low latency the game was simply brilliant. Sure there was a few bugs but that's to be expected in a beta. If it was bug-free they wouldn't have a beta but a demo or a finished product on the streets.

Snakehead11
Snakehead11

64 players on a single map seems adequate since these maps are huge which is both an upside and downside. and beta sucked but it's just a beta..

MOTHERRUSSIA1
MOTHERRUSSIA1

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Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

Im concerned(apart from other problems).. 1. Glass in Beta, why does it took so long to crumble? 2. UMP45 was overpowered. 3. Bushes make campers absolutely in invincible Anyone know they fixed it? Thanks

davejudge
davejudge

I like the Beta its buggy and not as pretty as I expect but Im getting the mechanics and of course the disc will un-viel the jaw dropping effects ... Im cranked.. 1.12 x'V' check 2.Pizza extreme size Check 3.400 batteries for ma Turtles and backup wireless controller Check 4. Tell everyone to leave me alone ..double Check

DeathwachMarine
DeathwachMarine

I NEVER judge an upcoming game by its beta. I mean they're just so damn incomplete and restricted compared to the final release, its just too damn difficult to tell what it'll actually be like.

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

I played for an hour it was fun.

nothingman97
nothingman97

I hope all of you who have complaints about the beta have taken the time to post reasonable suggestions/gripes on the battlelog forums. Complaining about the game in Gamespot forums does nothing to help the final product.

jm3811
jm3811

Funny how beta was awesome (not what I played, only what I read) and now I read "it was only a beta".. I depreciate that EA likes to tease their customers, but since we already know that this is not going to be a Bad Company game (since the aim is rather to kill off the CoD series) there was no need to trick us with some distasteful.. beta coding. This thing left a very sour taste in my console. Also what was the big deal with the Medal of honor privileged access to a BF demo?

TheJoker88
TheJoker88

@Kazekage20 I don't think it will be our internet connections that should be worried since in the past PC players have enjoyed 64+ players. It's more like our PC's should be worried with the amount of stuff that will be happening on screen with that many people in a game with Frostbite 2 :P.

TheJoker88
TheJoker88

You guys are forgetting that the code in the beta was like six weeks old from where it was at at time of release. Six weeks is a fair bit in terms of coding time, so I'm not too worried, and neither should you guys.

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

God, I know it was a beta but the game is due out in a matter of weeks, not months. Either Dice is the most efficient developer when it comes to bug squashing or BF3 will be a buggy mess at launch.

Henrique2324
Henrique2324

Well, they got like what? 14 days. Surprise me dice.

codename-60091
codename-60091

with such garbage beta, u can only expect the final product to be worst. learn that from NFS, needless to say on this !

slickmeister007
slickmeister007

@mrtoilet I agree that the BETA is glitchy, not what people expected, etc but a lot of people are judging this book by its cover. I mean Magnus already explained the purpose of this BETA (to stress-test servers), yet people associate it waaaaaaaaaay too much with the actual game itself. I know its also DICE fault for hyping up the game so much that the beta really disappointed a lot of people (not fans, though). I know this game is going to be great and im sure DICE have something up their sleeve to win back the respect of the people they've lost from the BETA. (maybe a demo before the golden release :) )

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

Just wished it actually worked on my computer. That Battlelog thing still won't get me into a server. :|

gameking5000
gameking5000

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Kazekage20
Kazekage20

This game is going to be amazing. Can't wait for my pre-ordered edition. Can't believe that it is going to be 64 players on a single map. God help our internet connections.

Gamma_Fit
Gamma_Fit

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poopinpat
poopinpat

caspian border is amazing! played it for hours last night and the last online shooter that i got caught up in for hours at a time was halo 3 lmao! I need some flying lessons though as the best i could accomplish was ramming a jet into a control point killing one guy XD. I do hope they fix the obvious bugs for launch as I noticed all kinds of flashing on my screen and framerate/texture issues when zooming in with a scoped weapon.

Gamma_Fit
Gamma_Fit

@telquinn Hahahaha! enjoy buying the game without pre-ordering and having to pay for a lot of DLC. #yourloss

skiergamer95
skiergamer95

All the people who are cancelling their preorders are idiots. IT'S A BETA. This means players have the chance to try it out and see what the problems are so they can be fixed. The software used in the beta is months old. The graphics are toned down too.

capthappy8p
capthappy8p

@Albaficas Thats all i ever read on the battle log forums, people dont seem to grasp the concept of beta... the relate beta to demo.

Albaficas
Albaficas

( ryzrocks It may be BIGGER but is it BETTER???) go check the web and learn what BETA means...let me repeat B.E.T.A.,the final game will be better ppl need to read instead of bashing things,this beta is using an "old sub file...we have just one map,one mode and ppl compare it with official full games lol thats just woow lol.learn what a beta is..its npt a game,its not a demo like many kids things it is,its a BETA

ryzrocks
ryzrocks

It may be BIGGER but is it BETTER??? :P :P

Rook891
Rook891

@ telquinn Did you even read the article above? The beta does not represent the final game. No need to cancel your pre-order.

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

@Joe-the-big While I tend to agree with you, the fact is average Joe Blow gamer probably doesn't see the difference between beta and demo. All they see is something they can play, they try it, and then decide based on what they just played weather to buy the game or not. Companies put disclaimers on demos all the time stating "demo is not final version of game" blah, blah, blah. It's not a stretch to state EA and Dice lost some sales because of this beta, and all I'm saying is a small disclaimer might have prevented some from jumping ship.

hungrywolf2
hungrywolf2

There are so many things which they haven't enabled on the Beta. Naming a couple - Destruction 2.0 and vehicles. Even the Graphics are toned down for the Beta as they couldn't fit it in a decent sized download. Just wait for the Full Retail. It will be amazing.

hungrywolf2
hungrywolf2

Dont judge the full game with the Beta. The Beta that we are playing with is over 3 months old. Let the full game come out, they make your judgement on BF3.

telquinn
telquinn

Its garbage compared to bfbc2.. they ruined it totally, poor hit stats graphics and many obvious annoyances still to be fixed Cancelled my pre order.. :(

Joe-the-big
Joe-the-big

@CptRexKramer There shouldn't be any disclaimer because the point of every beta is to test out everything that's wrong in the game. People should know what beta means. If there weren't any bugs, they wouldn't be doing a beta anyway. People should seriously stop confusing a beta with a demo, it's very annoying and very ignorant.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Up to 64 players for the PC version = Joy!

Mr_Kindheart
Mr_Kindheart

"Stress test the servers" well with the amount of publicity they sent out surrounding it, it's more of a publicity stunt in my opinion. But I don't mind, the beta is amazing value for money regardless. Hell, I'll probably even buy it as a result.

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

I know it was just a beta but I cancelled my game after messing around on it for a week or so.

boixwunder
boixwunder

this is my first battlefield game and im officially a fan now. i like the more tactical online multiplayer. im also looking forward to the single player and co-op campaigns. the frostbyte 2 engine is completely insane. haha.

xSpcManSpiffx
xSpcManSpiffx

Yeah I played the BETA hoping to enjoy it more than the previous games but I didn't. Sure it's a BETA but the core gameplay elements are there. Just not a lot of fun. I am more interested in single player and hopefully this one will deliver. might just Red Box this game.

jm3811
jm3811

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Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I shall have a go on this beta, I download it right now and play it. I'm always up for a Beta. Since this is a game I will eventually buy and add to my collection.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@Mondrath: so what is your point? You like to play glitchy beta's of an old build? Seriously, why put a beta of an older build when you have a new one on hand already?? Second, why give players a first bad impression with something that is inferior and older? Show them the new and fixed version...But no... That was my point.

berzerk0912
berzerk0912

The Medal of Honor beta wasn't this bad.

simon1812
simon1812

Devin-B we do get something especial, the assurance that we r not buying a crappy game :D

Devin-B
Devin-B

I've noticed they have already begun fixing the beta. i experienced a drastic difference playing last night. It wasn't nearly as buggy.

Devin-B
Devin-B

@Bloodwolf_19 We don't get anything special for playing the beta. The only special things we get are what is already included in our Limited Edition pre-order. Nothing carries over. DICE wants a level playing field on the first day.

Bloodwolf_19
Bloodwolf_19

So, for all the poeple who've preordered BF3 an are playing the beta till it comes out, ... we get anything special? carrying anything over from beta to full, or an achievement ... or anything? "just asking, some games do it. Either way im still psyched for full game." :)

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@GamesAndRoses On their forums but you giving them feed back just by playing

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

You see, this is the problem when you make a late comment. I should have read some further down the page, as it seems all I've done is re-iterate what most seem to be saying. Oh well. ;)

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

You know, I think EA / Dice shot themselves in the foot with the beta. It seems a lot of people are shying away from the game after playing the beta due to all the bugs, glitches, etc.. It seems Mr. Troedsson's comments would have been better suited in some sort of disclaimer in the beta stating "that the main purpose of the Battlefield 3 beta is to stress-test the game's servers..... the beta's game code is "quite early" and "not representative of the final game." I would not be surprised in the least if EA / Dice lost a few gamers over this issue.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@Aletunda Don't base your opinion on graphics on a beta.....