Since the weekend, Battlefield 3 players on PC have been beset by disconnection issues - and as far back as Sunday, DICE were working to fix them. Only this morning, however, has it become apparent that the outages are the result of malicious intent. Battlefield’s servers are currently struggling under a barrage of distributed denial-of-service attacks.
Dog tags for the blood dogs! If they work hard, that is. If all Battlefield 3 players can work together long enough to reach 200,000,000,000 in score by the end of Sunday March 17, DICE will unlock a new dog tag for each and every one of them. There’s even greater incentive for premium players, who’ve got the benefits of double XP from now til the end of the weekend.
The most unexpected easter egg is waiting for Battlefield 3 players on Endgame's Nebandan Flats map. After hiding dinsoaur bones, gnomes and an easter egg that actually was an easter egg, developer DICE have decided to go all-out and just put a life, flying, flapping pterodactyl in their game. Because why not, right?
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“We're going all in with speed,” says DICE lead designer Niklas Fegraeus of the series’ final release before Battlefield 4. “Speed and agility is the theme of this pack. End Game is really about the adrenaline that comes with high speed combat and chases."
It’s also about the four seasons. More on that in the video below.
We’re in the last days of Battlefield 3; the final flutter of those great, blue-tinted wings before the bird bursts into flames and is born anew as, well, something fairly similar if DICE are to be believed, and I dare say they are.
But what a send-off: maps and dropships and Capture the Flag and bikes and bikes and bikes and bikes.
Whenever a developer/publisher/alien releases information about the number of players killed in multiplayer since launch, or the combined weight of all the bullets fired, or how many castles the number of princesses saved would staff, I'm made unreasonably happy. The only way to increase that happiness is to present that information in the form of an infographic. Today EA and DICE have made me very happy.
From tracking more than 50 different data points in Battlefield 3, EA have collected together the information below for our enjoyment.
Battlefield 3's final piece of DLC, End Game, is almost in our hands, what with its 2 March release date. Over the weekend we learned details of each of the four new maps and, as media types like us will do, we've now laid hands on a video interview that details the two game modes packaged with End Game. I'm careful not to say 'new' because both Capture the Flag and Air Superiority have featured in Battlefield games of old, instead they are making a return with this DLC.
Among other things, the Battlefield TV interview tomorrow reveals that Air Superiority will support 24 jets simultaneously in the air, 12 on each team.
Check out the interviews with DICE producer Craig McLeod and game designer Gustav Halling below.
With its release date set for just two short weeks away on the 2 March, DICE are firing out a steady barage of information payloads concerning their upcoming DLC End Game. Today's mortar contains details about the four new maps. Providing a list of the game modes they each support and also a little about the core design concepts that drove their development. Concepts like "SNOW" and "LOGGING".*
Battlefield 1942’s bike was its heart, beating at a thousand controlled explosions per second. Before they knew what a capture point was, or even how to wield a mouse, a new player could hop into a sidecar-laden vehicle, feel the expansive map rolling beneath their wheels, and run down at least one man before taking a stray bullet to the head.
End Game brings the bike back to Battlefield, and with it nuanced strategic potential that goes far beyond the 1942 suicide run. DICE blogger H Brun is on hand to talk us through its application in the DLC’s accompanying Capture the Flag mode.
It's why the dirt bike that's coming in the End Game DLC is quite so appetising, it's going to give us the means to travel about the levels on ground level ridiculously quickly. A new blog post from DICE goes into the many jumps that the dirt bike will be taking advantage of. Check out some excepts and video below.
I know that the very best first-person shooters are frenetic things - the most fun you can have in ten seconds. I know that Battlefield at its best is a collision of men and vehicles above, below, and head-on to each other, in a desaturated landscape that definitely shouldn’t feel more real than reality, hyper-real, but nevertheless does.
It’s rare that I’m reminded of all that by a DLC trailer. Come on in.
DICE have been doing well on using their DLC packs to add features to Battlefield 3 that were oddly absent in the vanilla release despite being present in their older games. There was the Back to Kharkand map pack that brought old maps into the new engine and now we learn that the final DLC release for Battlefield 3, End Game, will bring back the Air Superiority and Capture the Flag game modes that were playable in Battlefield 1943.
DICE have announced the details of Battlefield 3’s latest PC patch. It’s time to get your head around some fairly sweeping changes to the way guns function in-game, because they’re coming, ready or not, this time next week.
The human race is a creative bunch, I mean, there's someone out there who developed a tea bag out metal so you can use leaf tea without a strainer. Sometimes all it needs is the right spark for an idea to form, in this case the spark was C4 and a desire to break the laws of physics. Watch these guys make a tank fly in Battlefield 3.
At least, we think it’s the most obscure. If there are any more half-references left in Battlefield better obfuscated than this, then we’d better have them declared dead now and accept the fact that we will never find them.
There are many perks of running your own server, everything from being able to boot people who annoy you from the game to printing out t-shirts that legitimately read "I am the lord of the server, ruling my mini-fiefdom with an iron fist". Also, until now, in Battlefield 3 you could bug the game and become immortal. The T-shirt thing is the real draw though, surely.
That "until now" is the operative point. A new server update is bringing a number of changes to DICE's shooter.