It has been confirmed by DICE that Battlefield 3’s multiplayer will support upto 64 players on PC and a total of 24 players on consoles, but according to DICE CEO Patrick Soderlund Battlefield 3 multiplayer portion is capable of handling upto 256 players.
In an interview to Atomic MPC, Patrick Soderlund said, “A lot of people ask us about 64 versus 128 or 256 players. Technically, we can go to 256, we’ve tried it,”.
“We play tested with 128. You’ve got to make a game that’s fun to play and, arguably, we think that the most fun you can have is when it’s between 32 and 40 players.”
He further continued, “We’ve done substantial research into this and tested 128 and that it’s not fun,”
“Maybe we haven’t done our design work good enough, but we just feel like there’s no point in going higher than 64.”