Battlefield 3 details emerge

It’s been a long time coming, and after years of speculation and EA’s semi-confirmation with BETA invites via Medal oh Honor, DICE have finally announced Battlefield 3. Specific information is still scarce, though the teaser trailer that was released to coincide with the announcement did hint at a return to the same scale of online warfare from Battlefield 2 as opposed to the more confined nature of the Bad Company series.

So what do we know? Planes will make a return as will the use of prone, there will be single player and co-operative modes and fighting will take place from familiar locations in the middle-east to Western cities such as Paris and New York. The game will also be powered by DICE’s own Frostbite 2 engine, and updated version of the graphics they used for both Bad Company games hinting that the impressive destruction modelling of those releases will be significantly improved.

PC Gamers who worried about the cross platform development of Battlefield 3 can also breathe a sigh of relief. Early reports from inside DICE have confirmed that the PC version will once again support up to 64 players. However, there’s been no word on whether the game will once again implement the Commander mode last seen in Battlefield 2142 which allowed one player to issue orders and assist his team with artillery strikes and ammunition drops.

An exact release date hasn’t yet been pinned down, however, Autumn has been mentioned.

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