E3 2011: Battlefield 3 coming October 25th, getting beta in September

Battlefield 3 is on track to arrrive for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on October 25th, with a live beta beginning on September 11. This is according to DICE's Patrick Bach who recently took over the stage during EA's E3 press conference to show off the first multiplayer gameplay footage for the sequel, as well as drop some important details surrounding the game's launch.

Putting DICE's Frostbite Engine 2 through its paces, the demo included intensely chaotic tank battles, and air strike sequences wherein the player physically moves from their tank perspective to a satellite monitor in order to target and destroy an enemy compound. Other highlights include BF3's extremely large maps, large scale battles and extremely pretty scenes of mass destruction. For a better glimpse at how BF3 will play out, check out the BF3 media on EA's newly launched website,

Over and above the demo, Bach revealed BF3's will launch with BattleLog – a completely free service which will allow players to “squad up” with friends, engage in voice chat, track stats and even personalize their own dog tags. It's not exactly revolutionary, but the whole 'free' part should be a lure for fans.

Battlefield 3 will arrive in stores a mere two weeks before Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Let the battle for hard earned disposable income begin!

Jun 6, 2011




  • ThatGuyFromTV - June 8, 2011 2:28 a.m.

    And buying Medal of Honor has just become so much more worth it now that the Beta has a definite date. On the other hand... they couldn't pick a date other than 9/11 to start the beta?
  • Lionzest7 - June 7, 2011 3 p.m.

    its a shame a game like this looks way better than CoD but will have half the buyers just because the name isn't out there to casuals. I don't even buy shooters and this looks incredible.
  • Pry0citer - June 7, 2011 10:26 a.m.

    100% getting this. And I will also play le shit out of the BETA. As for MW3... well... not so sure. I'll wait for a review before I even consider it.
  • talos91 - June 7, 2011 10:20 a.m.

    COD killer but unfortunately wont get the same reception as MW3
  • RicePuddingUK - June 7, 2011 9:07 a.m.

    It better not be a poxy private beta, if you want to host something on a service I PAY for you give it to me too!
  • VoodooPanda - June 7, 2011 5:31 a.m.

    Makes MW3 look old and outdated
  • therealmaggo - June 7, 2011 4:45 a.m.

    Free BattleLog vs paid Call Of Duty: Elite, with a two-week earlier release date? The double-whammy. Free BattleLog is already a win, since the major draw of Elite was probably the stat tracking, which Battlefield 3 is providing for free. Couple that with an earlier release date, allowing potential AAA reviews to flow in, and anyone who was tossing up between the two could be won over. Probably won't put a dent in MW3's 6 billion prospective buyers, but at least it'll make it interesting.
  • BackwaterRifle - June 7, 2011 12:44 a.m.

    Been waiting for this since Battle Field 2
  • thecelticmandolin - June 7, 2011 12:12 a.m.

    :DDDDDDDDD I fucking loved bfbc2 and can't evn imagine how much better this will-BVVVVGGGHHHHHZZZTTTT
  • GoFreeman21 - June 7, 2011 12:02 a.m.

    Oh man! I can't decide! Black Ops kinda disapointed me, but MW3 looks awesome... and then this comes along. Guess I'll have to wait and see.
  • Ruvalc - June 6, 2011 11:53 p.m.

    no comment to much to take in 80 SWEEEET!!
  • Gahmah - June 6, 2011 11:50 p.m.

    I need a new computer...
  • Yeager1122 - June 6, 2011 11:42 p.m.

    Cant wait for this game!
  • Security77 - June 6, 2011 11:37 p.m.

    As a person who has bought all of the Call of Dutys and Battlefields for the past 3-4 years, I can say that I will definitely choose BF3 over MW3. that won't stop me from renting it, though.
  • CRUNKMUFFIN - June 6, 2011 11:33 p.m.

    I already expect a FAP of the BF3 Beta. Make it happen GR, please and thank you.

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