Battlefield 3 details leaked?

Source: Digital Battle reported on the details, citing a leaked .pdf file sent to the site by a tipster. What we heard: Digital Battle's article is based on a .pdf file with a features list for the unannounced Battlefield 3. The site said the file appeared to be intended for Electronic Arts...

Source: Digital Battle reported on the details, citing a leaked .pdf file sent to the site by a tipster.

What we heard: Digital Battle's article is based on a .pdf file with a features list for the unannounced Battlefield 3. The site said the file appeared to be intended for Electronic Arts investors, who supposedly should receive it by December. More than 20 bullet points paint a picture of the next full installment in EA's multiplayer military first-person shooter series, starting with its expected release date in late 2008.

According to the article, the game will be set in the modern day (like Battlefield 2), with an emphasis on Middle Eastern settings and support for up to 40 players per team on eight different maps. For the numbers crazy, each of Battlefield 3's two factions will have access to its own assortment of 24 different vehicles and 17 different weapons. The game will also supposedly feature unlockable equipment, customizable characters, and in-game replay functionality.

While the article says the game won't launch until the end of next year, gamers might get a crack at a possible public beta in the summer. However, the leaked info suggests the game will only be released for Windows Vista PCs and the Mac's OS X, with Windows XP users left out in the cold. An announcement for the game--along with a teaser trailer--are pegged by the article as coming in January.

While there's not a whole lot of evidence backing this story up (Digital Battle is not posting the .pdf, citing legal concerns), the list of features given for this Battlefield 3 doesn't sound especially out of the ordinary. By the time the supposed release date rolls around, it will have been three years since the last full installment in the series and two years since the Battlefield 2142 spin-off. The lack of XP support may be an irritant for some PC gamers but will be more and more commonplace going forward, especially into late 2008. Meanwhile, the OS X version makes sense considering EA pledged more Mac support at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this year.

The official story: An EA representative had not returned request for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: Tentative not bogus.

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Sergeant_
Sergeant_

Lets the console wh0res whine, Battlefield is a pure bred PC stallion.

JONBO
JONBO

DICE, do NOT make any other battlefield games for console. The series started on PC it will continue on PC. But for gods sake, give them XP compatibility! XP was my first gaming computer for 1942. I say leave Bad Company series to the consoles and pc. Any new battlefield games should be PC/MAC Only!

emperiox
emperiox

Awwww man, got my hopes up. I hated this years E3, the babes were the only good part. If only there had been a Battlefield 3 trailer... I hear that the new Battlefield 3 will have full armor and gun customisation and gun sprays, I CAN'T WAIT!!! :D

TheStJulian
TheStJulian

Many things have probably changed this was written 2007

red1isdabest
red1isdabest

screw mac gamers! make this game xp compatible instead! (btw i hav vista) and also make it 4 consoles aswell! i hav frends that lov bfbc2!

alteris6
alteris6

When Dice and EA make Battlefield 3 it should be PC only. Let Bad Company be the console game.

theoander
theoander

Bogus, Releasing a pdf isnt illegal, and infact even documents that are obtained illegally can be published legally. It happens all the time. Sounds like Digital Battle (who ever they are) are just trying to generate some free press for themselves.

shockersousa
shockersousa

I dont have Windows Vista, I have XP, so if DICE only puts it on vista I'll be really angry.

tommynooky
tommynooky

Late '08? That means it's BF:BC (the 1st one) it has all the characteristics that are listed in this news bulleten.

just_yell
just_yell

No you silly people! That picture is quite obviously the "Operation Roadrage" map from battlefield 2 expansion "Armored Fury"

erglesmergle
erglesmergle

I hope this isnt made for consoles. Console gamers already have the Bad Company series. Dice spending time developing this for consoles is only going to make the PC version dumbed down.

evanwk927
evanwk927

why cant they make it for the xbox 360 it would be a bad not to

haydz332
haydz332

it doesnt matter if it wont support XP because by then Win7 will be released and most people will be on that

BlueRaptor7
BlueRaptor7

Not supporting XP would be a mistake. It would be cutting out a significant group of PC gamers, and therefore, BF3 would sell less copies.

The_Reviews
The_Reviews

bf3 is coming out, it is annnounced.

vic893
vic893

Spudals01, All windows operating systems are backwards compatible with the older versions, but not forward compatible, meaning that if XP can run a program, so can Vista and Windows 7, but just because Windows Vista can run a program, it doesn't mean that XP can run it, get my drift?

Spudals01
Spudals01

theres one problem though... it said it will only be on vista and not xp, by the time it is released windows 7 will be out. So they should make it compatible with windows 7 aswell cause tons of people are gonna be upgrading!

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

40 players sounds pretty good, but i thought they'd go up by doubling like they always do, meaning 128, 64-on-64 player battles. that'd be the biggest and best shooter around until MAG comes out.

fawllen
fawllen

BF3 please COD series is weak with their maps, solid game play but the maps are way too small i want to have to lead my running targets and aim quite high to pull off the perfect across map snipe like was possible with Kubra Dam. on the side note: I installed vista 64 ultimate may last year and have not had any problems with my computer at all, aside from one issue i get with L4D but i believe that to be just a display driver issue that im too lazy to fix because the problem doesnt occur that often. i loved XP and i love Vista 64 ultimate never had an issue its all about doing your research and getting the supported drivers guys wake up.

STRIKERankas
STRIKERankas

it better be on XP, I'm not getting vista - waste of money and time

TheEv0lDead
TheEv0lDead

lol juztrax you have no idea what you're talking about... XP from the day of release had very few stability problems, performance issues, and memory leaks which still have not been corrected to this very day. Surely, if you run Vista as you say you do, you are aware of such issues that have not been fixed.... Sure, you needed another 32mb RAM to be able to do anything in XP as compared to Windows 2000, but that was IT! Unlike Vista, where you need 4gb+ RAM to equal 2gb in XP and have to reboot cause of memory leaks and whatnot. I'd just as well go back to Windows 98... You can do everything on XP you can do in Vista... or Windows 7 for that matter. The same will be true when Windows Vista and 7 are old.

athenian29
athenian29

@pvtdonut54 Oh don't worry, this one won't be nearly as evasive. DICE said in a PC Gamer issue 'round April that they're working on 5 Battlefield titles right now: Heroes, 1943, Bad Company 2, and two as-of-yet unannounced ones, one of which is bound to be 3. Don't worry, DICE will deliver.

pvtdonut54
pvtdonut54

Bf 3 is in the same boat as Duke Nukem Forever imo :( it will never be finished or come out

alextagawa
alextagawa

i hope will be develop fastly... cheer for EA Games....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

xeonexs
xeonexs

yay the best fps game ever

juztrax
juztrax

Ranger92998 Posted Feb 11, 2009 3:54 am GMT +8 ok...first off..all the vista haters, you are lost...xp is an outdated program which was good for its time, but still outdated none the less...there are more xp users than vista? whatever you are smoking, pass it on...Vista has been the main OS for well over three years now...and every vista hater I know, once they try it never go back...there will come a time where xp will not be supported ( oh yea thats right they arent anymore lol) unless your computer is really old, there isnt a reason not to use vista. I have had NO issues with vista, and Ive used it on four machines of my own so far...works like a champ...and yes there is a difference between dx9 and 10....if your smart enough to update your machines hardware, you should do the software too... BF3 is a pipe dream guys...ive religiously played every bf that has come out, and as disappointed as I am, it seems EA is more interested in the kiddie consoles than us hard core guys who actually spend money on expansions...until EA wakes up, ill spend my money with thier competitors...Activision has gotten over 400 bucks from me that woulda been EA's if they would have released bf3 instead of bad company for consoles that bombed...bf42,vietnam,and bf2 were all #1 sellers and also #1 server rentals too...how did bf bc do? thats right it bombed...they arent smart enough to know that PC gamers are usually older 18-54 males...whats the prime demographic for advertising and sales? 18-54 males...sales 101...real easy.... Dont hold your breath guys...I expect 43 and bc2 to come out, and they are gonna suck... three maps arent gonna cut it nor will 24 player multi support..these are pigs...ea is gonna spend thier money on stupid console sports games...oh and there wont be a 1.5 patch...bf2 isnt even supported anymore...ask anyone who has had login issues...no help... Vista is a natural progression...deal with it and try a copy...you will be surprised at how stupid you sound to vista users who know better...ignorance is no reason to scream about vista...wake up and welcome to the 21st century...oh and btw, vista sp2 is being released.. remember how crappy xp was before sp2? I certainly do... 100% Ditto, I couldn't of said it better myself!!!

Ranger92998
Ranger92998

I have a buddy beta testing 7 right now...its nothing more than what windows 2000 was to Me....its not going to be a replacement for Vista, hate to tell you...As stated before, yes vista had its issues on its release, but once sp1 came its a smoothe program with easier to use features. Even BF2, which is not tested on vista, works like a champ. in fact it runs better...remember when bf2 had issues with AA?not in vista...remember when vista had issues with XFI??not in vista...truth is it runs smoother...as far as BF3, well since 07 there have been rumors flying about this, and none are ever true..if BF3 were comming would dice be working on BFBC2??no lol...they dont have the resources to do that many projects at one time....as much as I wish I were wrong, there will be no BF3, even EA stated that there is no project.Just because there are alot of sites stating some untrue facts doenst mean its true...I can point you to 1000 websites that say ashley simpson can sing....see my point??if EA says it isnt happening, its 4 years since bf2 release and nothing yet, and they made another two games since then, its not comming....time to take a look at arma 2 or cod Modern Warfare 2....cause BF3 is nothing more than a pipe dream..now if you want a great football console game or a eyecandy chick game like mirrors edge, theyve got that ready for you..lol

nitrodavid
nitrodavid

battlefield online is BF2 in Korean, and will only be provided in Korea and other parts of Asia.

thestupidmoron
thestupidmoron

Ive heard about a that a new battlefield called battlefield online should come maby that is EAs secret project?

nitrodavid
nitrodavid

it is very depressing that the newest news about BF3 is still over a year old

pimpstar12345
pimpstar12345

Ranger92998 has all of the reasons to be angry. EA, from my understanding, purchased DICE shortly after the release of Battlefield 2 (PC). They then closed Dice offices in Canada and left the one overseas open. Dice employees I guess left and went to other companies. It's the same sh1t that they do all the time. Another thing that pisses me off is their little NFL marketing scheme. You purchase the exclusive rights to be the only company that can make an NFL football game to get rid of the competition. Why? So you don't have to try as hard to make NEXT YEAR'S Madden as good as it should be if there was competitors? I have not owned a Madden game since the PS2 because of that.

pimpstar12345
pimpstar12345

If this game is 90% of what BATTLEFIELD 2 (PC) was, it will be GAME OF THE YEAR... But EA is going to mess up like they did with Bad Company...

broca
broca

Why so angry Ranger92998? I too use Vista and have had no problems but it is also a pointless option to go for right now when Win7 is around the corner... I also think you'll be eating your words about BF3, Ben Cousins, the executive producer of the whole Battlefield franchise has even stated: "we have to make this a three-pronged assault with the series really. First, there are consoles. Consoles are really big, we can't ignore them, we have to be on the consoles. Second, there's this casual experiment we're going with Battlefield: Heroes and the third prong is the hardcore PC gaming experience. We've made those in the past and we'll continue to make them in the future. We aren't specifically announcing anything, but we are still going to keep those hardcore gamers very happy." BF3 WILL HAPPEN

Ranger92998
Ranger92998

ok...first off..all the vista haters, you are lost...xp is an outdated program which was good for its time, but still outdated none the less...there are more xp users than vista? whatever you are smoking, pass it on...Vista has been the main OS for well over three years now...and every vista hater I know, once they try it never go back...there will come a time where xp will not be supported ( oh yea thats right they arent anymore lol) unless your computer is really old, there isnt a reason not to use vista. I have had NO issues with vista, and Ive used it on four machines of my own so far...works like a champ...and yes there is a difference between dx9 and 10....if your smart enough to update your machines hardware, you should do the software too... BF3 is a pipe dream guys...ive religiously played every bf that has come out, and as disappointed as I am, it seems EA is more interested in the kiddie consoles than us hard core guys who actually spend money on expansions...until EA wakes up, ill spend my money with thier competitors...Activision has gotten over 400 bucks from me that woulda been EA's if they would have released bf3 instead of bad company for consoles that bombed...bf42,vietnam,and bf2 were all #1 sellers and also #1 server rentals too...how did bf bc do? thats right it bombed...they arent smart enough to know that PC gamers are usually older 18-54 males...whats the prime demographic for advertising and sales? 18-54 males...sales 101...real easy.... Dont hold your breath guys...I expect 43 and bc2 to come out, and they are gonna suck... three maps arent gonna cut it nor will 24 player multi support..these are pigs...ea is gonna spend thier money on stupid console sports games...oh and there wont be a 1.5 patch...bf2 isnt even supported anymore...ask anyone who has had login issues...no help... Vista is a natural progression...deal with it and try a copy...you will be surprised at how stupid you sound to vista users who know better...ignorance is no reason to scream about vista...wake up and welcome to the 21st century...oh and btw, vista sp2 is being released.. remember how crappy xp was before sp2? I certainly do...

GR1MNIR
GR1MNIR

Sigh....wish this came true in 2008....Here's to hoping there's more to the Battlefield franchise this year other than BF1943 and BF:BC2.

W-fangs
W-fangs

Wow.... BattleField 3 ! Hmm...

optisailor15
optisailor15

wow that is gonna be fun and DX10 is gonna be amzing but btw to all u people who think vista is the best thing ever .... It broke a record with having the most patches ever on a piece of software a few weeks ago thts a lot of problems

91987
91987

well heres to all u crack heeds who still have xp - UR RETARDED yes i deffidently know the difference i freaking dual boot. the only reason that i freaking dual boot is that if u have both u might as well use both even though ur only gonna use one. ive had vista from the start - yes i mean 2 weeks from the launch then i noticed laggs and glitches but no crash or blue screen or anything insane that happens on my xp side. all the major problems with vista were fixed within the next month and the minors came along the way short after that. the main thing thats gonna make this game good is DX10 hay u crak heads thats only on vista step up u retards cuz SP1 was relased some time ago and even before that no problems.... freaking upgrade ur computer and step up to the plate

destroyteachers
destroyteachers

Vista only, that sucks. IMO, Vista's only notable asset is it's look and appearance. Windows Xp however has great functions and it has a mod that can make it look like Vista. Hope they release Bf3 For XP also....

GameFreak501
GameFreak501

Well, I probably won't be buying it anyway (sick of modern-day shooters), but if I WAS planning on buying it and it did only release on Vista, then they could kiss my money goodbye. No way I will ever support this "Vista-only" crap. If they want to cut out roughly 70% of their consumer market, then go right ahead.

Deluhathol
Deluhathol

I am starting to get really nostalgic about the old battlefields, I think it is time for a new PC release. I really miss the old days of BF, in my opinion the newer console releases are not any where near as good as the PC titles. Multiplayer gaming will always be the best on PC, unless consoles TURN INTO PCs. I really miss the EPIC feeling that the PC titles gave me, I haven't got that feeling in a long time.

Blueflame0424
Blueflame0424

I can't wait for this game! One of the best team FPS out there now. I wonder what the PC Specifications will be like with the new engine?

MatrixtheNEO
MatrixtheNEO

i hope they make it 32 player cuz 64 players makes server lag and i hate that