DICE hate minimaps. Regular sized maps they can deal with, sure. And oversized maps they can abide, under protest. But miniature, or 'mini', maps they simply will not allow. Tomorrow's Battlefield 3 server update will introduce an option to remove the game's enemy highlighting minimap from Hardcore mode, as well as "balancing tweaks" to Armored Kill's gunship, exploit fixes and more.
The server-side update will start at 0830 UTC on October 11, taking about 24 hours to roll out across all servers. Half an hour prior to that, DICE warn that they will be carrying out routine maintenance on Battlelog that will prevent players accessing Battlefield 3 games.
Taken from the official Battlefield 3 blog, here's the full list of changes coming in the October 11 server update:
Gunship balance tweak in Rush mode - The Armored Kill gunship received major tweaks already in the last server update. We are now further tweaking it based on community feedback. It now only respawns after the attackers have destroyed an M-COM in Rush.
Rationale: The gunship has been a bit overpowered and spawning too fast in Rush, especially on servers running modified vehicle spawn times. This tweak makes the gunship only spawn for the attackers after each crate, except the initial spawn on round start. In effect, this means that after the gunship is destroyed, a new M-COM needs to be destroyed before the gunship can respawn at all.
Gunship balance tweak in Conquest mode - The gunship will always have a 60 second spawn delay in Conquest no matter the server spawn delay setting.
Rationale: The gunship has been spawning too fast on servers running modified vehicle spawn times, making it hard to regain control of the flag controlling the gunship. This tweak will make the gunship spawn every 60 seconds independent of server settings.
Option to remove minimap in Hardcore mode - We now allow disabling the minimap in Hardcore mode.
Rationale: It’s been a requested feature from the community to be able to remove the minimap in hardcore mode. We are now adding a new preset on consoles for server admins to use called “Hardcore no map” which disables the minimap and keeps the rest of the Hardcore settings intact. On PC, you disable the minimap with the server command “vars.minimap false” that is now permitted on Hardcore servers. Enjoy!
Improved server stability - Improved connectivity between game servers and the back end, significantly reducing the number of times a server times out and kicks players.
Knife takedown fix - Fixed so that there can be multiple knife kills at the same time on a server.
Rationale: We had a bug where only one knife takedown could take place at any one time on one server. If you attempted a knife takedown at the exact same time as someone else on the server, the takedown animation wouldn’t play, and your opponent wouldn’t take any damage. This has now been fixed.
MVP Premium member score fix - Fixed so that MVP and best team is calculated using normalized score (removing the advantage Premium members sometimes received in obtaining these ribbons)
Rationale: Earlier, Premium members would get an inflated chance of becoming MVP/best team during Premium exclusive double XP events, since these ribbons were calculated based on total score. Using base values all across the board now removes this artificial advantage.
Kill list fix - Fixed the bug where a kill was listed as a vehicle kill when the player actually killed someone with a mine or similar weapon. Another example where this would occur was if you fired a Javelin, then entered a vehicle before the Javelin hit its target.
Radio beacon exploit fix - Fixed the radio beacon exploit where you could place it above the roof and then spawn on it to access areas that are not meant to be accessible. This glitch was reported on Operation Métro and has been removed.
Ladder/vehicle entry fix - Fixed so that players can no longer enter vehicles while climbing a ladder.
Crash fix - Fixed a rare potential crash issue when loading a new map.