Tomorrow: Back To Karkand + X360 Patch

T-Minus 24 hours & counting…

We’re just one day away from the first downloadable content to Battlefield 3 on PC and Xbox 360. PlayStation 3 users have been playing it since last week (LUCKY). There has been an explosion of reviews, and overviews on the Back To Karkand Expansion. The official Battlefield Twitter just posted that tomorrow between 10-11am CET they are performing maintenance on Xbox and PC platforms.

We’ve asked our own Luetin (PS3) to provide us with as much sneak peek footage and overview to Back to Karkand as possible, be sure to watch his video here:

B2k Overview:

Assignments Overview:

F-35B Basic Overview:

Xbox Update:

For all you Xbox Players who have patiently been waiting for a patch, good news is you’ll be getting it tomorrow, here are some of the patch notes that the PS3 received last week, we expect the Xbox 360 notes to be mostly identical.

BATTLEFIELD 3 PLAYSTATION 3 CLIENT UPDATE NOV 30TH 

General fixes 

• Significant improvements to the Squad Join interface, full details in this earlier blog post
• Removed FIND ME A SQUAD option
• Allow players to join empty Squads alone, thus having 1/4 Squad members
• Change order of options to LEAVE SQUAD, INV A FRIEND, SWITCH TEAM
• Disable Privacy flag when 1 man Squad
• Reset Privacy flag from Private to Public when Squad drops to 1 player
• All occupied Squads will now show up colored blue on the Squad selection screen
• Players who choose not to join Squads will also show up as Blue in the “Not in a Squad” line
• Squads that are currently empty will display as white — if you wish to join an empty Squad, you can choose the first one marked with white text
• Added round duration and ticket summary at end of round screen
• Fixed sound for when climbing ladders
• Fixed and issue with some weapons’ sounds in first person view
• Fixed a swim sound loop error
• You should no longer be able to damage a friendly vehicle when sitting in an open position
• Grenades now drop to ground if you get killed while attempting to throw it
• Spawn protection now should work in Conquest so you no longer should spawn too close to enemies
• You should no longer spawn too close to enemies in TDM and SQDM
• Fix for missing input restriction during intro movie, causing players to potentially fall and die while watching movie if moving controller (or having a controller with a bad stick zone)
• Combat areas on Kharg Island in Rush mode tweaked in order to disallow defenders to access the carrier ship after first base is taken and being able to enter the AA gun
• Fixed a problem with revived players not being able to get suppressed
• Fixed a problem with the camera when being revived in co-op
• Spotting VO now plays when spotting from MAV/EOD bot
• Fixed several issues regarding the kill card, including showing wrong weapons used for the kill
• Fixed that sometimes you would be stuck on a black screen when kicked from server
• Fixed so when a team captures two flags at the same time, the UI does not show wrong owner of the flag
• Fixed a problem where the capture progress bar was shown as friendly when the enemy was capturing
• Fixed a problem with the bipod deploy sound
• Fixed a problem that you could be spawned in with no weapons after being killed while using the EOD bot
• Fixed problems with health bars not displaying health properly when using EOD bots
• Fixed a problem with flickering name tags
• Fixed a problem where you could damage friendly helicopters
• Fixed a problem where you could get stuck in the co-op menu when attempting to join the session twice
• You should now be able to spot explosives
• You should no longer spawn in home base if your selected spawn point is disabled while waiting to spawn (e.g. if your teammate dies right before you are about to spawn)
• Damage from bullets will now continue to cause damage even after the firing user is dead
• Fixed several client crashes
• Fixed a problem where players could get stuck in the join queue
• Fixed the repair icon on the minimap
• Fixed a problem with changing camera on certain vehicles
• Fixed a problem with the grenade indicator when in guided missile mode
• Fixed a problem where the machine could hard lock when joining a public coop game
• Fixed a problem where the headset attached icon would not show up in the UI
• Fixed a problem with the falling antenna on Caspian Border. It should now more instantly kill anyone in its falling path
• Fixed a problem where tank turrets would turn too slow
• Fixed a bug on co-op mission “Exfiltration” where you could end up outside the vehicle and not being able to enter it again, thus blocking the mission
• Fixed a problem where a user can become invulnerable after being resurrected
• Fixed a problem with the M60 reload sound
• Fixed a hang in terrain streaming, causing the user to get stuck on black screen under special circumstances in single player
• Fixed a problem where the enemy would not be able to get a road kill on a user that was using the SOFLAM
• Fixed soldiers disappearing in the mortar kill cam
• Fix for Type88 and MG36 zoom in animation offset when in supported shooting mode (using bipods)

Balance changes 

• Increased the damage of helicopter miniguns, AA guns, and jet cannons against infantry
• Increased the damage of helicopter miniguns against jeeps
• Reduced the physics impact of AA guns and jet cannons so players under attack from these weapons no longer should lose control
• Increased the damage of the 44 Magnum slightly
• Increased the range and minimum damage of the .357 Round from the MP412 Rex
• Increased the range of all .45cal and 9mm weapons
• Slightly increased the range of the P90 and MP7 and PDW-R
• Slightly increased the range of the 5.56mm PDW-R and decreased the minimum damage at long range
• Slightly increased the minimum range of the Mk11, SVD, and M39 EMR 7.62mm rifles
• Decreased the maximum damage and maximum range of the G3 and SCAR-H 7.62mm weapons
• Reduced the damage from FIM-92 and SA-18 IGLA missiles against aircraft
• Increased the damage and range of the 40mm BUCK rounds
• Reduced the damage .50cal weapons do against helicopters
• Updated T90 canister shell tweaks to match Abrams canister shells

 

 

BF3 Back To Karkand Easter Eggs

Back to Karkand: Easter Eggs!

So far… two Easter Eggs have been found in the newest Battlefield 3 DLC “Back To Karkand”. The first is a “Thanks Plate” with a message from DICE, the Battlefield Franchise Developer, which is thanking all the veterans of the Battlefield Franchise. The second is a toy Dinosaur also hidden in the new map Back to Karkand Map “Wake Island”. As many battlefield franchise fans know, the Dino has long been a tease from the development about the possibility of a “Jurassic Mode” which you could battle with or around dinosaurs.

Thanks Plate

Toy Dino

BF3 Commo Rose 2.0 Update Soon

BF3 Commo Rose 2.0 Update Soon

Tomas Danko, VO Producer @ DICE Audio has tweeted a few promising features and announcements about the Commo Rose 2.0 update which we have learned is coming very soon. Features include: + requests/”shouts” from Commo Rose should be heard by all teammates not only local players, and request ammo/medic command. Screenshots of the Twitter conversation below, Enjoy!

DICE Wants your feedback – Future Balance Updates

Future Balance Updates Feedback

DICE has just published a thread on the Battlelog forums as place where you can post your feedback on future balance changes to the game. This is some amazing stuff and it’s awesome to see DICE so proactively engaged in the community to take the time to collect feedback in this nature. Post up your future balance requests and ideas, and please remember to keep it as productive and informative as possible.

Src: http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf3/forum/threadview/2832654489491100463/

EA / DICE Responds to BF3 Launch Issues

Almost a month after release of Battlefield 3, it’s great to see the back end becoming much more stable.  In a recent article published by insidegamingdaily, it looks like EA / DICE are responding to those of us who experienced problems at launch.

“Though the first day of launch was somewhat volatile, we are happy to report that server support stabilized to roughly 98.9% through our launch weekend and has not dropped since. That said, we will not rest until we’re at 100% . We are committed to supporting the game as a software service, and listening to consumer feedback every day,” Soderlund said. “We are making daily updates and improvements to ensure an optimal online experience for all. Regardless of the cause or platform, our team at DICE and our Online teams are working together, standing by to identify the issues and addressing them as they arise. Every big multiplayer game experiences some instability at launch. The good news is, we’re listening, responding and improving the service every day.”  - Executive Vice President Patrick Soderlund

With already a few server patches being deployed and another one expected in the next week, DICE is hard at work to make sure Battlefield 3 is stable 100% of the time.  With a major update to Battlelog already released and Back to Karkand expansion just around the corner, Battlefield 3′s development road is kicking full speed. Thanks to ACID343211 for the headsup.


“In two words: thank you,” Soderlund said. “We are overwhelmed by the positive response we’ve received from gamers around the world. The DICE team has lived and breathed Battlefield 3 for the last few years and it’s an exciting time for us to finally share something we are so passionate about with millions of gamers. The best reward for us is the amazing feedback we’ve seen from our fans. They are helping us make the game better every single day.”

via Insidegamingdaily 

Know Your Unlocks – Medic & Support kits

Are you new to Battlefield? or just need a brush up on the basics? In our latest ‘Know Your Unlocks’ series we look at the 2 most basic kits, Medic and Support. We see how two of the most default items benefit the team, and look at how the often misunderstood minimap icons relate to your team in Battlefield 3. Watch this video to see how supporting your team is at the heart of BF3!

EA/DICE “Thanks” Sweepstakes

EA SAYS THANK YOU TO BATTLEFIELD 3 PLAYERS WITH A SWEEPSTAKES WEEKEND

NOVEMBER 11TH – 13TH
Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand Digital Expansion Brings More Explosive Action to the Battlefield in December

Guildford, UK. – November 7, 2011 – Get ready to level up, soldier! Today DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) studio announced that it is thanking fans for their passion and loyalty by hosting a Battlefield 3™“Says Thanks” Sweepstakes weekend where gamers who play from Friday, November 11th at 12:01am GMT through Sunday, November 13th at 11:59pm GMT will have a chance to win one of three amazing prizes. The Grand Prize is a round-trip visit to DICE in Stockholm, Sweden for one player and three of their squadmates for three nights. Included in the visit is a tour of the state-of-the-art studio and an introduction to the development team behind the award-winning game. The second prize is $5,000 USD in cash, or equivalent local currency, with the third place winner taking home a brand new game system with the full catalogue of corresponding Battlefield games. Complete sweepstakes rules can be found at www.battlefield.com/saysthanks.

The November play sessions will be followed in December with even more fan engagement when Battlefield 3 releases the first digital expansion pack, Back to Karkand. This expansion comes with the Limited Edition of the game and delivers four fully remastered Battlefield maps; Strike at Karkand, Wake Island, Gulf of Oman and Sharqi Peninsula, all with enhanced levels of destruction. In addition, this expansion pack includes five new dog tags, five new achievements/trophies, three new vehicles (DPV, BTR-90, F-35B STOVL jet fighter), 10 iconic Battlefield weapons and a new persistence system where players complete assignments to earn their rewards. Back to Karkand will be sold separately for £11.99 or 1200 MS points on the PlayStation®Network and Xbox LIVE® Marketplace, respectively. The expansion pack is available now for PC pre-order on Origin.com.

As DICE continues to support Battlefield 3 as a software service, the development team has been collecting player feedback, responding to issues and working non-stop to provide improvements to both the single player and multiplayer campaigns. Updates include improved Quickmatch and squad functionality, improved game stability, reduced lag and rubber-banding, and added hardcore servers to meet demand. Details of ongoing updates can be found on the Battlefield blog at http://blogs.battlefield.ea.com/.

Battlefield 3 is available now in North America and Europe for the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC. Battlefield 3 is rated “M” for Mature by the ESRB. Fans of the game and DICE can purchase merchandise online at the all-new DICE store at www.store.dice.se. For more information on Battlefield 3, please visit www.battlefield.com, and for the latest news on Battlefield please visit http://www.facebook.com/battlefield or follow us on Twitter® at www.twitter.com/battlefield.

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Community Week Part 1: Rockets N’ Razors + Stream

 

As the first part to our Community Week Event, we’ve got a special Surprise! Thanks to Razer, i3D.net and BF3Stats.com, we bring you a exclusive ROCKETS N’ RAZORS Battlefield 3 PC Event for this weekend only. We’ll have our Battlefieldo.com Servers marked with ROCKETS N’ RAZORS. These are custom servers that will ONLY allow you to kill a enemy with either a Knife or Rocket Launcher!

Now here’s the good part. Thanks to BF3Stats.com, We’re going to keep track of who has the most Knife / Rockets killed combined on our servers. At the end of our Community week, the 1st Place winner will receive (1) BF3 Razer Messenger Bag and (1) Copy of BF3 Limited Edition PC (for your friend!) . Remember that your stats will only be counted on our BF3 Server that are marked with ROCKETS N’ RAZORS in the name!

Servers


#1 BATTLEFIELDO.com ROCKETS N’ RAZORS

We’ll begin tracking your Stats on November 4th at 7pm CET – 1pm EST

KNIFE / ROCKET LEADERBOARD

1st Place by November 9th, 1:00AM GMT Wins

# Name Kills

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If you’d like a chance at winning other BF3 Razer prizes, see our other contests going on throughout the week.

Today we are going to be kicking things off with a stream on our Battlefieldo Twitch.tv Channel. We’ll have special guest, Ian “Crash7800″ Tournay, EA’s Battlefield 3 Community Manager to talk about the game. The stream will start at 6:00PM EST (GMT-5) / 3:00PM PST (GMT-8). Come on out and support the Battlefield 3 Community!

BF3 Launch Changed to today

In response to the large amount of players using a Korean VPN today to play Battlefield 3 one day early, EA have sent out an email to all those who bought on origin that they can access the game today instead of tomorrow. This is great news and we can’t wait to see the swarm come on the battlefield. Hopefully this will mean that EA will change the release dates for the rest of the world.

This is ONLY for Digital Pre Orders of BF3 

Some people are reporting to not of received the email. If your Regions release was set to be the 25th of October, we encourage you to try starting the game in origin and logging into Battlelog.

Head over to Battlelog to play now!

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