Battlefield 3 Beta, 9/29/11
I don’t think there was any doubt that at the close of E3 this year, Battlefield 3 was one of the most anticipated titles. After an impressive technical display and an incredibly limited demo, it had become like some sort of mythological beast. Gamers could hardly wait to get their hands on a copy, and rip their tiny, muscular fingers into its virgin flesh. Virgin mythical beast flesh…
All mixed metaphors aside, your opportunity is coming. EA announced this morning all the details about the open multi-player Beta and anyone can give it a shot. Plus, you can get in extra early if you’ve got a copy of Medal of Honor, you know, if you’re still one of those people buying THAT game. Psssh. Details after the jump!
Because I’m incredibly lazy, here’s all the stuff you really want to know, taken directly from the press release. Thanks, EA, for doing my job for me:
DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that the Battlefield 3™ multiplayer beta will open to all gamers on September 29, 2011. Players from around the world will have a chance to experience the game that industry critics have hailed as the ‘Best Online Multiplayer Game’ before it ships on October 25, 2011. The beta is set in Paris on the Operation Metro map, where players work their way from lush parks on the outskirts of the city to a dark, bombed-out metro station, to the vibrant streets around the Paris stock exchange. Two elite tactical units square off in the series’ popular Rush Mode. One side takes the offensive by attacking M-COM stations while the opposing squad defends and protects. For more information about the beta, players should visit www.battlefield.com/beta or follow @Battlefield on Twitter.
The Battlefield 3 multiplayer beta will be available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system and PC. Gamers who pre-order the digital PC version of the game at Origin(powered by EA) will be granted early access to the beta starting on September 27, 2011. In addition, all customers that pre-ordered a Limited Edition of Medal of Honor™ will also receive early access to the beta starting on September 27, 2011.
Gamers in the beta can also log onto Battlelog, the game’s free social media network that allows gamers to communicate and compete with friends, track their stats and share their progress. Battlelog extends the in-game experience to be accessible anywhere, whether on a PC, console or handheld device.
Players are also invited to join the EA Gun Club for the latest shooter news, and to receive in-game benefits including access to the M1911 pistol and distinct badges in Battlefield 3. The M1911 pistol will also be available to registeredBattlefield veterans.
Battlefield 3 hits retail stores on October 25, 2011 in North America. For more information on Battlefield 3, please visitwww.battlefield.com, and for the latest news on Battlefield please visit http://www.facebook.com/
EA also confirmed this morning that gamers who preorder the deluxe edition of Battlefield 3 will receive the Back to Karkand DL pack at no charge to them. It includes maps and weapons from Battlefield 2 remastered for the new installment. Not too shabby.
So, what are you waiting for? This crap always fills up way too fast. Go register! Go! Go!