E3 2011: Battlefield 3 firing up October 25

Swedish developer DICE bringing latest shooter series entry out this fall after three years of development; beta starts this September.

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LOS ANGELES--The core Battlefield series has been dormant since 2005's well-reviewed PC-exclusive Battlefield 2. Now, after years of development, Battlefield 3 finally has a release date.

Battlefield 3 goes to war this October.
Battlefield 3 goes to war this October.

Battlefield 3 will ship for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on October 25. In addition to the standard version of the game, Battlefield 3 will be available in a special edition, which includes the Back to Karkand expansion, an add-on with updated Battlefield 2 multiplayer maps.

On top of nailing down a release date for Battlefield 3, EA noted that the multiplatform multiplayer beta for the game will commence in September. Currently, the only way to enlist in the beta is to have purchased a copy of the Medal of Honor Limited Edition. However, DICE said during the Electronic Arts media briefing that the beta would be "open," though it did not offer any other information on how gamers can enlist.

As for the game, Battlefield 3--which EA says has been in development for three years-- 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). Battlefield 3 will support co-op play for its campaign and will let gamers pilot jets, among other vehicles. Additionally, Battlefield 3 will run on DICE's updated Frostbite 2 engine.

For more on the modern-day first-person shooter, check out GameSpot's most recent hands-on preview with Battlefield 3.

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single player campaign with co-op option? interesting.

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a COD beater? You betcha!

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Hey.. that Medal of Honor LE is the same that includes the Frontline? If so, how do we do to enter the beta? Because I didn't find anything into the package...

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Why havent you played Bad Company 2 since then? So cheap and great graphics especially on 64-bit and its what you can do in the game also! Bet I still wont play to rank 50 on Bad Company 2 and BF3 will be out. I am rank 34 or something but unlocked everything at rank 26. Wonder how many people will still play BC2 after BF3 is released. Bet we see people approaching top rank within the first 2 days on BF3 out like it was in BC2 on the first day it was out! Dont know how they ranked up so crazy rapid. I doubt Battlefield 3 will drop so rapid in price like Bad Company 2 did but then again I could be wrong... it is an EA release afterall. I just hope they fund Dice well as they are a great software engine maker.

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HOLY MOLY 64 players for PC VERSION.........I CAN'T WAIT , i have been playing BF2 since 2005..my soldier name: RENALDY75 i7 920@4.4ghz NIVIDIA GTX 580 SLi

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launching this a month before COD to get gamers a FPS opportunity to play a quality game to over look COD. Good move EA lol

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Hell ya, been playin the BF series since 2002 baby! Playin Bad company 2 right now and it owns... Cant wait for 64 player games again! Long Live DICE!!!

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Some Gamestop employees know nothing. I asked a Gamestop employee recently when BF3 was supposed to come out and he was like "Oh. It's coming out next year. 2012." Pfft.

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going to blow MW3 out of the PICTURE! Hoo rahhh!

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I normally play cod, but I think battlefield 3 is going to blow mw3 out of the water.

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hands down best shooter of the year in my own opinion

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.....cant wait to pick up my copy...Cod players stay on you're side of the fence

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5 days after my birthday!! YEAH!!

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I appreciate the fact that they're already preparing launch day add-ons for a game due out in 5 months. It makes me feel really valued as a customer to know that the company wants to go that extra mile to ensure I get the most out of my purchase, by making me pay extra if I want to wait for reviews. That unless I blindly pre-order the game, I'll get the opportunity to buy content that was ready but was not included in the non-pre-order box. If only they were able to go a little further and send company representatives out to all the customers who didn't pre-order through their online store, to personally show their appreciation by providing a free knee to the groin. Perhaps one day they'll achieve that level of customer relations.

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October 25, wise move because this didn't wanna go up against the big gorilla in the room. Well done Ea.

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Anybody willing to guess what specs A pc/gamemachine needs to keep it running on HD, medium filter settings & A pretty constant 60FPS?

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Our savior and lord of of FPS games is finally coming to save us from Call Of Duty

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Although oct 25 cant come soon enough....i hope they dont end up shifting a half finished game just to get a jump on mw3

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This game will rule. Infinity Ward better start worrying about their franchise because this game will certainly destroy any modern war shooter in the market now.

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they show effort, can't not support them

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oh i cant wait to get back to karkand!!

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I just wanna see the minimum and recommended specs, this game will make my dual 6950's scream for mercy with 64 players online :(

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Activision should delay MW3 to next year..

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I liked were thwy were going with the BF3 trailer.It's a smart idea that EA is releasing this game at least two weeks before MW3.

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Man I'm so glad I bought my new PC for this game (and other things, of course). I'll be playing beta for PS3, and if there's an open beta, I'll play it for my new PC.

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I pre-purchased this months ago...I cant wait. I only hope its not plagued with the patch issues of previous BF games.

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"LOS ANGELES--The core Battlefield series has been dormant since 2005's well-reviewed PC-exclusive Battlefield 2. Now, after years of development, Battlefield 3 finally has a release date." Yeah because Battlefield 2142 isn't a CORE battlefield. Screw all you futuristic haters with no skill to pilot a goddamn HOVER tank. - Martialdemon

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Well, like they did before, pretty sure they'll have a Closed Beta for Medal of Honor Limited Edition owners before the Open Beta.

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thats my b-day :) Thanks for the gift DICE... even though i will be paying for it

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A lot of friends of mine already pre-order BF3 from EA. I hope i can buy on steam, as the others BF's.

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This game look Next-Gen hehehe

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Leaving COD behind for this one. I can't wait.

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This game (as well as Skyrim) proves to me that this generation of consoles is far from dead. The games still keep getting better and better...

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Holy....... This gameplay blew all the other games out of the water. The graphics is incredible and the physics and character movement is at a whole new level. No wonder EA had to present this last.

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The demo looked fantastic, I want to see more

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amazing game!

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Awesome game

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I love Battlefield for the open environments and vehicles. I can't wait for this. :)

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64 person servers?! The glory days of Battlefield are back!

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If the Co-Op is splitscreen, I might just buy this for both PC and PS3.

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I think BF3 might be my new favorite for GOTY, in a year that is loaded with candidates. It looks incredible.

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Go Sweden! Go Battlefield 3! Sell sell sell!

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I'll get this one

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The tank demo was kick ass. I'm surprised at the quality of Frostbite 2 :D

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I can't wait for this game.

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Looks incredible. Finally , an fps that will successfully bridge the gap between tactical and action/arcade. October can't come soon enough. Look out Modern Warfare!

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**Rubs eyes.** This is a video game? Unbelievable presentation.

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Battlefield 3 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Modern Warfare 3

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This and Mass Effect 3. I am getting them both.

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