Yesterday, Battlefield fans received a slice of bad news from DICE, when the developer said it had officially canceled PC releases of Bad Company 2's Onslaught and Battlefield 1943. Today, fans of the shooter series scored a win, with DICE formally announcing Battlefield 3.
Battlefield 3 will be released on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC during fall 2011. In addition to a standard version, the title will be available in a limited-edition iteration. DICE will share details on that version during the Game Developers Conference later this month.
DICE also shared some new information on the shooter, saying that 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). Further, Battlefield 3 will support co-op play for its campaign and will let gamers pilot jets and go prone.
Additionally, Battlefield 3 will run on DICE's updated Frostbite 2 engine. The original Frostbite engine debuted in 2008's Battlefield: Bad Company and was used in Battlefield 1943, Medal of Honor, and most recently Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and its Vietnam expansion.
According to a product listing for Battlefield 3 at Swedish retailer Webhallen, Battlefield 3 will thrust players into the boots of a US Marine, who will fight across the globe in cities like Paris, Tehran, and New York.
An official Battlefield 3 website is also now up and running with a selection of intel related to the new entry in the series.