Battlefield 3 Beta

  • Top 10 BF3 beta issues and how DICE are addressing them

    DICE has revealed the list of Top-Ten issues that Battlefield 3 beta gamers are facing. The developer has also assured fans that development team has already started addressing these issues.

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    DICE said, "We’re more than half way through the open beta and thrilled to see so many people still enjoying the game while continuing to give us great feedback. As part of our dedication to showing you how your feedback is directly affecting and improving Battlefield 3, here are the latest Top-Ten Community Issues that we’re addressing."

    Check out the BF3 beta Top-Ten issues that DICE are addressing:

    1. Squad issues: Cannot play with friends within same squad, squads get split up onto opposite teams, etc.
    There will be improved squad functionality in the retail game (including but not limited to): the ability to create squads prior to launching into a game, sticking with your squad when joining a game and continuing together through future games (If team balance on the server allows it), inviting friends to a squad and changing squads once in game.

    2. Regarding additional Open Beta content and fixes/patches for consoles, including PlayStation 3 issues with chat and party systems
    While we would like to patch the Open Beta, DICE is currently focusing its available resources on polishing the retail game.

    3. Will DICE have enough time to iron out everything by release?
    Please see General Manager Karl Magnus Troedsson's blog post regarding this question.

    4. Can we have ability to change settings/options before deployment into match on PC?
    The ability to modify your settings via the deploy screen has been added into the retail game.

    5. Issues with terrain stability and “falling into the map” on Operation Métro
    This has been fixed for the beta via a server side update.

    6. Kill cam sometimes zooms out too far or outside the map
    This has been fixed for the launch of the retail game.

    7. A bug that sometimes keeps some players from being able to sprint
    This has been fixed for the launch of the retail game.

    8. Screen flickering/stuttering. Blue screen remains after respawn. Game locks up after deploying C4 (360)
    This has been fixed for the launch of the retail game.

    9. Downed bodies appear to be dead, but are not
    The DICE team has been looking into this issue – which is caused by a combination of incidents in a confined area - and are working hard to address the issue for the launch of the retail game.

    10. Why is the hit detection seemingly different from Battlefield: Bad Company 2?
    The netcode is one of the many things that we are testing as part of the Open Beta and is not necessarily reflective of the final retail game. The DICE team appreciates and has heard the feedback you’ve provided and is further optimizing online play.

  • DICE comments on "Caspian Border map for BF3 consoles beta"

    Yesterday DICE released another map called "Caspian Border" for Battlefield 3 PC beta. So if you have a PC, we highly suggest checking this new map out, and see some different sides to Battlefield 3 including the use of Vehicles.

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    Battlefield 3 beta console gamers got only Metro map, the same one from Alpha, and in my personal opinion Metro map is not that exciting as it doesn't show what Battlefield 3 is all about.

    Well recently DICE on their official Twitter account comments on Battlefield 3 Caspian Border On Consoles, the developer said, "Caspian Border will be coming to all platforms at launch, but its to soon to say for console’s beta."

    So the question now arise here is will console gamers will get a "SURPRISE" update near the end of the beta that includes Caspian Border map for a few days?

    Its wait and watch situation, let keep our finger crossed and hope for the BEST.

    Do you want Caspian Border Map on BF3 PS3/Xbox 360 beta.?, let us know in the comment section below.

  • DICE: Players can't differentiate between the words "DEMO" and "BETA".

    Battlefield 3 developer has revealed tons of information regarding Battlefield 3 beta test in a recent interview to The Guardian. DICE's Patrick Liu said, that many playrs can't differentiate between the words "DEMO" and "BETA".

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    Patrick said, "There’s been a misunderstanding of the term ‘beta test’!"

    Patrick als revealed the exact reason why DICE is conducting Battlefield 3 beta, it's because they have learnt their lesson with Battlefield 1943. According to Patrick Battlefield 1943 sold so much that infrastructure in place couldn’t handle it.

    "Yeah, we just wanted to know it wouldn’t crash and burn at launch. It was horrible with Battlefield 1943 – it sold ten times the numbers we thought it would, and it was down for three or four days which is really bad. We don’t want to go through that again."

    He also says that DICE has learnt a lot from recent Battlefield 3 beta, "It taught us a lot," Patrick reveals.

    "Our primary intentions have been to test the backend. As we said at the beginning, we have six times the number of players we had with Bad Company 2, we have record high concurrent users compared to anything we’ve done before.

    "And we know it works. In previous games, like Bad Company and 1943, we’ve had serious problems with the backend, it’s just been overloaded – this time it hasn’t been a problem."

    Battlefield 3 will launch on October 25 in US and on October 28 in UK.

  • Battlefield 3 Caspian Border map will be available for all PC gamers starting Oct 7

    This is the moment all PC gamers have been waiting for. DICE has announced that Caspian Border map will be available to all PC gamers starting today.

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    So if officially now, BF3 is closing with best map and mode, 64-players in Conquest mode. Check out below what DICE said:

    "After analyzing the data from our first round of closed Caspian Border tests, we have great news for participants in the Battlefield 3 PC Open Beta: the DICE team has decided to bring back Caspian Border for the beta’s final weekend and conduct an open large scale test of the 64 player Caspian Border map.
    *****Please keep in mind that as this is beta we will be stress testing our servers***** As such, users may experience crashes, network instability and outages as we roll out and configure servers and network utilities. Understand that such potential issues and the testing environment are not reflective or indicative of the final product and that, through your participation, you will be helping to ensure future stability and functionality.
    As we are again specifically testing 64-player server configurations, this test will be for PC only. The Caspian Border servers will be available for all PC players to join. Caspian Border will be available starting Friday, October 7th, in the afternoon (CET)."

  • Watch out BF3 beta cheaters, "BANHAMMER" is out now

    In a thread on Battlefield official forum, DICE have let the community know that they are very much away of cheaters running amok in BF3 PC beta.

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    DICE is running the Battlefield 3 open beta is running without any kind of anti-cheat methods enabled, however it has been clearly stated that retails release of the game will have several anti-cheat measures in place.

    DICE have encouraged loyal fans of Battlefield to report any cheaters they encounter, on official thread, including details such as username, and link to their Battlelog profile.

    EA Moderator, crash7801 said, "The hammer will fall swiftly and accurately."

    Battlefield 3 will launch on October 25.

  • DICE defends BF3 beta from critics

    On official Battlefield Blog, DICE's Karl Magnus Troedsson defended the Battlefield 3 beta from recent criticism of its unpolished state.

    Karl Magnus Troedsson said that fans should not take Battlefield 3 open beta build as indicative of the finished game.

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    On Battlefield blog, Karl wrote, "The Battlefield 3 Open Beta is based on software that is more than one month old"

    "Just like normal procedure when releasing a game, the Open Beta has had long lead times due to testing, certification, and setting up. This means that the code you are now playing is actually quite early and not representative of the final game."

    Karl further clarified that DICE requires the beta to test its dedicated server structure and not the game code itself, and as such, could an older build of the game.

    Battlefield 3 will launch on October 25 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

  • BF3 beta attracts 12 million participants

    DICE has released some interesting Battlefield 3 beta stats. According to data revealed by the developer, in total there have been 12 million participants in their Battlefield 3 beta.

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    This figure significant to DICE, because way back in January 2009, only 2 million gamers participated in Bad Company 2 beta. This means that over two year time span, Battlefield fan base have increased by a multiple of 6.

    GM Karl Magnus Troedsson said on Battleblog, "The biggest reason for running the Open Beta is to stress test our servers and back end,” he said. “Already, we are seeing six times the number of simultaneous players in the Battlefield 3 Open Beta compared to the Beta for Battlefield: Bad Company 2. The fact that Battlefield 3 is clearly our biggest game launch ever by a magnitude of six makes it doubly important to test everything.

    "We are constantly updating the News section on Battlelog with information on what we are fixing from Open Beta to final. We appreciate your time and your feedback. The data and feedback from the Open Beta will not only directly affect the final game of Battlefield 3, but its future development and support."

    Battlefield 3 will launch on October 25.

  • Battlefield 3 PC beta updated, changelog revealed

    DICE has just released the first update for PC version of Battlefield 3 beta. This new patch fixes some issues that were reported by fans, such as the framerate stability and the loss of Squad Leader after EOR at some times.

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    Around two hours ago, Battlefield 3 PC beta was went down, while the patch was applied.The publisher of the game has stated the more issues will be fixed in coming days.

    Check out the complete change log below:

    • Fixed occasional client crash when reviving.
    • Fixed killcam showing glitched area under map if your killer is dead.
    • Issue with spawning on dead squad mates fixed.
    • Fixed a bug where shooting at a moving enemy could cause more than the intended amount of damage.
    • Crosshairs for shotguns have been replaced with a new, thinner, art.
    • A subtle low health screen effect has been added.
    • Tweaked scores of Medals and Service Stars.
    • Tweaked the Rank progression.
    • Pushing prone on console will not play the animation twice.
    • Fixed loss of Squad Leader after EOR at some times.
    • Framerate stability fixes.
    • The 3D spotting icons has been tweaked to better match the target’s visibility. Icons will show frequently less on mostly obscured targets.
    • Fixed issue with crosshair disappearing after round transition.
    • Fixed issue with crosshair disappearing after trying to deploy while the countdown timer still active.
    • Squad list now shows specializations chosen, VOIP activity and dead squad mates.
    • Non working options in squad menu fixed: “Private” flag and “Switch Teams.”
  • BF3 beta hacked, now support "128" players

    At present Battlefield 3 beta is seeing well over 100,000 players spread across numberous servers, and all of them enjoying the Operation Metro map with Rush mode, which support upto 32 players.

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    However there are many unofficial servers popping up with conquest version of Operation Metro that support upto 64 players. This does not stop here, some game servers support upto 128 players.

    We personally tested Operation Metro on conquest with 64 and 128 players, and can confirm that these hacked server do exist and are legit. As a proof check out the image below:

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    Battlefield 3 developer DICE has already issued a statement on Battlelog, warning users not to join hacked servers. Doing the same can comprise your EA account, have it BANNED by EA.

  • DICE to restart all BF3 beta servers to "Improve Stability and Connectivity"

    DICE has just announced on Battlefield's official Twitter account that PS3, Xbox 360 and PC servers are curretly down and will be restarted soon to improve "Stability and Connectivity".

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    On Twitter, DICE said, "Our Xbox 360 servers and PS3 servers are coming back up slowly." and, "PC servers are coming back up now and you will be able to connect again shortly"

    According to developer, once all servers are restarted, players beta experience will get better. So if you stopped playing BF3 beta yesterday just because of connectivity problems then give it another CHANCE.