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Battlefield 3 revealed at GDC

Battlefield 3 revealed at GDC

Blimey. It looks good, doesn't it?

Out at GDC, Dice has just released the first half of the Battlefield 3 video with which it's been teasing us for the past few weeks, showing a step-up in terms of visuals.

The video follows a section from the single-player component of the game, with player character Sgt. Blackburn and his marines tearing through back streets around the Iraqi/Iranian border. While it's only a brief look at the game, the video shows off the new Frostbite 2 engine's fancy features, in particular the improved character movement and animations, which look fantastic.

Sadly, it doesn't all look like good news, though. We don't think we can stomach yet another FPS in which we have to wait for our squad mates to open all the doors for us, for example.

Named Fault Line: Episode One, it's clear that Dice and EA are planning to tease us with a drip-feed of Battlefield 3 morsels for some time, with more videos in the series released in the future.

Check out the video below, or if you're feeling hungry for gaming self-flagellation, dial it up to 1080p, maximise if to full-screen and then feel sad because it won't be out until the autumn.


Are you excited by the prospect of some more Battlefield action? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Ljs 2nd March 2011, 12:19 Quote
Wow, that looks amazing! I really hope it does live up to expectations...
Jamie 2nd March 2011, 12:19 Quote
Don't care about the single player; whats the multiplayer going to be like?
pieplough 2nd March 2011, 12:22 Quote
Want, the SP will be fun.. but its the MP we all want!
wuyanxu 2nd March 2011, 12:22 Quote
too much walking, not enough shooting.

that's SP, which is not core of Battlefield games.

let's hope MP will live up to BF2 and to some extend BFBC2. and let's hope EA's backend "Plasma" servers are able to not crash.
DMU_Matt 2nd March 2011, 12:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
and let's hope EA's backend "Plasma" servers are able to not crash.

I wouldn't hold your breat...lol. Just look at what it is like now, add that to the myriad of fans just waiting for release day to play ;)
lapens 2nd March 2011, 12:25 Quote
Again - not interested in the SP. The SP could be poo for all I care... BF is all about the multiplayer so let's wait to hear more of those details.
Cerberus90 2nd March 2011, 12:26 Quote
It looks a bit COD'ified with that SP stuff, :D

Is this going to be the next Crysis? :D As in, nothing will be able to run it, :D
DMU_Matt 2nd March 2011, 12:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cerberus90
It looks a bit COD'ified with that SP stuff, :D

Is this going to be the next Crysis? :D As in, nothing will be able to run it, :D

Part of me would rather that than it be the next Crysis 2. As in a complete and utter dissapointment ;)
EvilMerc 2nd March 2011, 12:41 Quote
That engine has some serious potential it seems. The animation and lighting are gorgeous; looking forward to this one!
iworld 2nd March 2011, 12:46 Quote
Crysis 2 is still better. Damn! always using the middleeast why not try Africa, South America instead as locations. Illegal invasion of countys should not spark games
Dublin_Gunner 2nd March 2011, 12:50 Quote
Looks 10x better than Crysis 2. I'd imagine performance will be on a par with BC2. Can't wait.
Xyllian 2nd March 2011, 12:58 Quote
Om nom nom nom nom nom (i really need a macro for this if they keep it up) nom nom nom nom nom nom...
[PUNK] crompers 2nd March 2011, 13:00 Quote
tbh i dont think it looks that different to BC2, which is a nice looking game obviously. Looks good I'll look forward to it, but after my experiences with the first month of BC2 I may well wait a while before buying, just to let them get a patch out and reconstruct the servers after the inevitable melt down.
B1GBUD 2nd March 2011, 13:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by iworld
Crysis 2 is still better.

WTF???

I D/L the Crysis 2 MP Demo last night, all I can say is CoDsis really... everything screams bloody CoD, even the dicks in the lobby's were asking who the host was.... yet they didn't seem to pick up on the fact that to get to the lobby, you had to browse the master server list!! tw4ts.....

BF3 will silence the CoD/Crysis fan boys.... just wait
antiHero 2nd March 2011, 13:08 Quote
Looks nice and I for one like single player. Its nice to play a lil without the risk of idiots in MP who think its funny to shoot you in the back.
steveo_mcg 2nd March 2011, 13:10 Quote
Going to need a bigger boat.
Necrow 2nd March 2011, 13:16 Quote
This will be no COD, this will go back to the roots of BF and will have some of the gameplay we enjoyed in BF1942, BF2 and even BF2142. The SP is just a way to introduce us to the characters but the MP is where the main focus will be for Developers and Players. DICE are using the movement developed in Mirrors Edge so players will be able to slide, climb etc.. and all this wrapped in the Frostbite 2 engine with destruction 3.0, can't wait. I've preordered my copy since about a month ago already lol
User-sam 2nd March 2011, 13:18 Quote
Loved BC2 to bits, Very excited for BF3 this footage makes me want it more!
wuyanxu 2nd March 2011, 13:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cerberus90
Is this going to be the next Crysis? :D As in, nothing will be able to run it, :D

i sure hope so, there's a GTX 680 with my name on it, somewhere/sometime :D
tristanperry 2nd March 2011, 13:21 Quote
Looks great. Is shaping up to be the '11 game I'm most looking forward to.
Kasius 2nd March 2011, 13:29 Quote
Already pre-ordered! I played BF2 religiously for a few years.. Dice now own me :(
andrew8200m 2nd March 2011, 13:39 Quote
WANT!

Nothing else to say
robump 2nd March 2011, 13:42 Quote
Cant wait!! The graphics look awesome!
Fanatic 2nd March 2011, 13:43 Quote
Must say this looks the business, hope it lives up to it - will certainly be preordering my copy when I find a decent deal on it...
DAVEtheRAVE 2nd March 2011, 13:45 Quote
Phalanx 2nd March 2011, 13:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by _Fanatic
Must say this looks the business, hope it lives up to it - will certainly be preordering my copy when I find a decent deal on it...

http://www.ziip.co.uk/gamestore/17-battlefield-3-limited-edition-ea-download-.html
kenco_uk 2nd March 2011, 14:00 Quote
It looks good. Will they be providing a pair of filtered glasses in the box to put a bit of colour into the game? Seems it's a rainbow of greys and tans.
Phalanx 2nd March 2011, 14:05 Quote
You're all assuming that Iran/Iraq is the only area covered by the game.
smc8788 2nd March 2011, 14:07 Quote
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Eeeeewwww...........EA Download :/

Personally I think that £30 for any game which has a decent multiplayer is good value for money. However, £30 for Crysis 2 where I will probably only play the single player....not so much.
x5pilot 2nd March 2011, 14:14 Quote
Am I the only one that wants the SP more than MP?!?

Anyone the pre-orders now is a bit keen! Never understood why guys do that!
Sure maybe a couple of days or even weeks before confirmed release but over half and year?!?!
Rather the money in my pocket!
frontline 2nd March 2011, 14:17 Quote
Looks promising, the audio mix was great, but then BC2 had great audio too.
greigaitken 2nd March 2011, 14:20 Quote
Eeeeewwww...........EA Download :/

at least buying direct from EA, you could get a refund if you have issues.
I really dont like steams "we will never refund any game ever!"
xaser04 2nd March 2011, 14:20 Quote
Looks very good indeed.

Hopefully the config files will be fully tweakable like BC2. This will at least give me M11x some hope of playing it. (BC2 is perfectly playable with a tweaked cofig file).
frontline 2nd March 2011, 14:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by greigaitken
Eeeeewwww...........EA Download :/

at least buying direct from EA, you could get a refund if you have issues.
I really dont like steams "we will never refund any game ever!"

Will never buy from EA download again after all the trouble i had with my Crysis install.
dactone 2nd March 2011, 14:50 Quote
i would have so shot that dog at the beginning! pew pew!!!
Mankz 2nd March 2011, 14:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by dactone
i would have so shot that dog at the beginning! pew pew!!!

I'd hope you have the accuracy for it to only be a single pew.
Snips 2nd March 2011, 15:11 Quote
I downloaded the complete edition of BF2 the other night (instead of that red square meat indie thing) and gave my old cd copy to my lad. I wasn't a big fan of it when it first came out as I was still heavily into AVP2 but style of play and look converted me.

BF3 looks f'n awesome and can't wait to get my mits on it.
blink 2nd March 2011, 15:18 Quote
Disgusting. Turning actual war into a game. We are some ****ed up people with ****ed up cultures and zero moral compass.
Phalanx 2nd March 2011, 15:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by blink
Disgusting. Turning actual war into a game. We are some ****ed up people with ****ed up cultures and zero moral compass.

Please tell me you're joking, right?
GiantKiwi 2nd March 2011, 15:28 Quote
generic modern shooter is generic, seriously there isnt ANYTHING to set this apart from the other recent equivalents
samkiller42 2nd March 2011, 15:29 Quote
Not watched the trailer yet as i'm on my netbook, but from the previous screens and teasers, i have very little say regarding it other than, DO WANT!!!

Loved BF2, was disappointed with BC, BFBC2 was a vast improvement on BC. But i have faith in Dice.

Sam
blink 2nd March 2011, 15:33 Quote
No I am not joking. Here's a thought, if you are so into it and intrigued by it then why don't you get off you soft ass and come on over here and sign up. The U.S. military is always looking for suckers to head off to foreign lands and kill brown people. I would know.

It's one thing to have a game be about "war" and killing and have fantasy elements and such to it. It's also ok to have historical war games IMO but to have a game with current conflict zones where real soldiers are killing and dying is just beyond the pale. We can't even wait for the real killing to stop before we make a movie or a god-damned game out of it these days. I find the unthinking and uncaring disassociation ****ing disgusting.
blink 2nd March 2011, 15:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by GiantKiwi
generic modern shooter is generic, seriously there isnt ANYTHING to set this apart from the other recent equivalents

I am not up on FPS really but there is nothing to set this apart you say? Like having the "Ops" at the Iran/Iraq border? That has been a constant theme? Why not just center the game around the battle of Fallujah? Or has that already been accomplished by some fun game?
kenco_uk 2nd March 2011, 15:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by blink

No I am not joking. Here's a thought, if you are so into it and intrigued by it then why don't you get off you soft ass and come on over here and sign up. The U.S. military is always looking for suckers to head off to foreign lands and kill brown people. I would know.

It's one thing to have a game be about "war" and killing and have fantasy elements and such to it. It's also ok to have historical war games IMO but to have a game with current conflict zones where real soldiers are killing and dying is just beyond the pale. We can't even wait for the real killing to stop before we make a movie or a god-damned game out of it these days. I find the unthinking and uncaring disassociation ****ing disgusting.

We are becoming more and more desensitised, that's true.
wuyanxu 2nd March 2011, 15:43 Quote
haha, well said. blink.

but surely you are starting with the wrong game? go and complain to Activision and that team who made Medal of Honour.

this is an arcade multiplayer shooter to play for fun, it is not aimed at accurately simulate warfare.


Quote:
Originally Posted by GiantKiwi
generic modern shooter is generic, seriously there isnt ANYTHING to set this apart from the other recent equivalents

this is the reason i dislike idea of singleplayer. some people will fixate on the average singleplayer experience and miss out on possibly the best multiplayer experience to bless human kind.

when people say BF2, they know it's multiplayer only and it gives great pleasure for the multiplayer Battlefield moments. when people say BF3, some may think of the medicore singleplayer, not the amazing multiplayer moments.
Phalanx 2nd March 2011, 15:44 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by blink
No I am not joking. Here's a thought, if you are so into it and intrigued by it then why don't you get off you soft ass and come on over here and sign up. The U.S. military is always looking for suckers to head off to foreign lands and kill brown people. I would know.

It's one thing to have a game be about "war" and killing and have fantasy elements and such to it. It's also ok to have historical war games IMO but to have a game with current conflict zones where real soldiers are killing and dying is just beyond the pale. We can't even wait for the real killing to stop before we make a movie or a god-damned game out of it these days. I find the unthinking and uncaring disassociation ****ing disgusting.

Why would I want to join the US military. They're hardly the best around. I've done my time in the british army thank you.

Oh, and I take it you won't be buying this?
dactone 2nd March 2011, 15:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mankz
Quote:
Originally Posted by dactone
i would have so shot that dog at the beginning! pew pew!!!

I'd hope you have the accuracy for it to only be a single pew.

hahaha! never played a bf game before so id expect to be a little rusty:)
blink 2nd March 2011, 15:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
haha, well said. blink.

but surely you are starting with the wrong game? go and complain to Activision and that team who made Medal of Honour.

I probably am "starting" with the wrong game. But then, as I said, I am not really up to speed on first person shooter war games. This is the first one I have watched any video on really. I admit that the graphics and gameplay elements look great from a technical standpoint but, for someone who has been there and remembers it well enough, the idea that we make war games out of increasingly more current and specific events and places just floors me and I think it says something about not only the creators but also those who would play the thing without really considering the real world connections.
SMIFFYDUDE 2nd March 2011, 15:58 Quote
When i think of BF2 i think of bunny hopping, base raping and "WTF" accuracy from the guns. I also think why can't i skip the EA and Dice logo vids and why is it taking forever to load this map? BFBC2 is wank too from the 40 odd mins i've played of it before uninstalling.

I HATE BATTLEFIELD GAMES!
blink 2nd March 2011, 16:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ph4lanx
Oh, and I take it you won't be buying this?

Not a chance.
knuck 2nd March 2011, 16:11 Quote
Quit trolling, troll.
SMIFFYDUDE 2nd March 2011, 16:12 Quote
blink, to most people war is just somthing that happens on the news. Most people (including me) if they are really honest don't give a second thought to what goes on. Out of sight out of mind.
Toploaded 2nd March 2011, 16:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by blink
No I am not joking. Here's a thought, if you are so into it and intrigued by it then why don't you get off you soft ass and come on over here and sign up. The U.S. military is always looking for suckers to head off to foreign lands and kill brown people. I would know.

It's one thing to have a game be about "war" and killing and have fantasy elements and such to it. It's also ok to have historical war games IMO but to have a game with current conflict zones where real soldiers are killing and dying is just beyond the pale. We can't even wait for the real killing to stop before we make a movie or a god-damned game out of it these days. I find the unthinking and uncaring disassociation ****ing disgusting.

Do you count WW2 games as historical? So someone suffering 60 years ago is less important then someone's suffering now? If so I don't really get that logic. Either all games about war within living memory are acceptable, or non are. I know WW2 is long over, but there are many alive today that are still in someway negatively affected by the horrors of that era.

FWIW, appreciate you and anyone else that goes to serve and so should everyone else, it's the volunteers that keep the draft at bay and I never forget this. I imagine a majority of the users on this forum would not cope to well in a real world combat situation and we can't all be controlling the UAV's, heh.
DMU_Matt 2nd March 2011, 16:23 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ph4lanx
Why would I want to join the US military. They're hardly the best around. I've done my time in the british army thank you.

This. Not that I have personally served, but well said mate :)

Put that troll in his place ;) Have some rep sir
MrGumby 2nd March 2011, 16:43 Quote
Goodlooking yes. Same middle east conflict yes. Want something new yes.
Jake123456 2nd March 2011, 16:44 Quote
And how did the Germans think about every WWII Game made about shooting Germans? Do I hear you defending them? No? Righty ho then...Btw, I pee'd my pants after watching that ( And I've been pee'ing over alot of games lately...tells me this is gonna be a good year..)

EDIT: And isn't the game set in 2014?....
DMU_Matt 2nd March 2011, 16:46 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jake123456
(...tells me this is gonna be a good year...)

Or that you have a little problem... ;)
B1GBUD 2nd March 2011, 17:02 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
why can't i skip the EA and Dice logo vids

You can delete or rename the EA\Dice Logo videos from C:\Program Files\EA Games\ folder or where ever it has been installed to. This will let the game launch straight into the EA login page, just don't delete or rename the menu videos. Infact, probably better off just renaming them to *.old
Quote:
Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
why is it taking forever to load this map?

Slow old hard drive or PC I suspect, BF2 load times where pretty much the highest around at the time of release. The only thing that annoyed me was when switching between Vanilla/SF it had to optimise shaders each time, getting stuck at 62% for frickkin ages. Although these days it shouldn't be a problem with a faster PC/HDD/SSD
Necrow 2nd March 2011, 17:30 Quote
Hey Blink, if you have a problem with war games then why are you in here reading about the BF3 reveal in the first place? Me for example I hate world or warcrap games so never read a single article about them and never comment on them. Simples :)

I hope you haven't tried ARMAII as that will really blow your mind because it's a full blown Mili-Sim rather than FPS.

SMIFFYDUDE - like what B1GBUD said it's probably your hardware or your net connections, rounds load for most people in under 30 seconds? Gives you time to open another beer or have a pee. Anything faster would be too much lol.
frontline 2nd March 2011, 17:56 Quote
I'm still waiting for a game that lets me liberate the Saudi oilfields from a brutal un-elected regime.

"No political parties or national elections are permitted and according to The Economist's 2010 Democracy Index, the Saudi government is the seventh most authoritarian regime from among the 167 countries rated"

Lets go kick arse!
Redbeaver 2nd March 2011, 18:25 Quote
as ive been talkin in Kotaku about this trailer:

nice SP. hopefully the MP is at least just as good and just as fast.

but really, nice SP.


..... now give me some MP news! i couldnt care f00kin less about some offline single-player scripted junk!!!!!!
Ficky Pucker 2nd March 2011, 18:47 Quote
holy crap the game looks amazing ! will proabably need a gpu upgrade :( :D

can't wait.
Tokukachi 2nd March 2011, 19:04 Quote
I'm still on the fence about this one, I loved BF2 and BF2142 but this look more like another COD clone (like BC2). Also, please, no more regenerating health, it discourages tactical/team play, and the red blood spatters annoy the hell out of me.
Jake123456 2nd March 2011, 19:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DMU_Matt
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jake123456
(...tells me this is gonna be a good year...)

Or that you have a little problem... ;)

The doctor could't giveme anything :{
SMIFFYDUDE 2nd March 2011, 19:15 Quote
Last time i played it it was on i7 930, 6gig ram and 8800gts 512mb. Hard drive is nothing special, 500gb 7200rpm sata ii but it was new and I suspect no worse than what most people have. Connection was crap but it never slowed down other mp games load times, and i've seen no difference in load times since upgrading to 40mb fibre connection in other games.
morkfromork 2nd March 2011, 19:19 Quote
Looks amazing single player. Hopefully the multiplayer will look and play the same. Looks better than any cod games have ever been.
Orca 2nd March 2011, 19:42 Quote
I want it to be March 16th... NAO :'(

SP looks great but let's see some MP :) Like those "Battlefield Moments" trailers they put out for BC2 :D
Eiffie 2nd March 2011, 21:04 Quote
Great looking game but it's a real shame it's just more people with M4s and AKs shooting each other. I hate to put a game down because I love the battlefield series as a whole. I just don't know how many desert settings my computer can take before sand starts to spew out my video card exhaust slot. MoH really clogged that beast up.

@Juppun - YES, I'D love to see some videos similar to the "Battlefield Moments" that were shown for BC2. Every game trailer should be like that, someone who is skilled at playing showing the strength and power of their class in a game, leading their team to a victory! What more could you ask for? Silly videos with no gameplay and voice-overs from characters we just don't care about? No thanks. :)
Rocket_Knight64 2nd March 2011, 22:28 Quote
Looks the business! :D

But I do have a few niggling feelings about this that could lead to fail:

-Looks like there is health regen...
-Ammo pool rather then magazines...

But it is pre-alpha so I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt that they may be place holders... for now.
Niftyrat 2nd March 2011, 23:42 Quote
Does anyone know if it will have bot support, just like arma2? Me and my bro don't want to talk to other people just shoot us some enemies, I love bf2 as you can just kick it up and kill the bots which can be great fun and I don't have to listen to either whiney or gobby people shooting their mouths off.

Also I want a Linux dedicated server option.

Looks nice but then so does cod4 and I never enjoyed that due to the small maps, unrealistic weapon and lack of bots
erratum1 3rd March 2011, 00:43 Quote
I like the way the characters move it looks very realistic, wanna play it now :(
vampalan 3rd March 2011, 03:13 Quote
Based on the performance for all previous BF games, and going by BF CO, this has been pre ordered. yay.
Should be a blast.
sausages 3rd March 2011, 06:15 Quote
Single player looks a bit too much like all the billion other games I've played like that. But the graphics are amazing, and hopefully the multiplayer will be as great as it usually is.
October 3rd March 2011, 10:42 Quote
They said expansion pack :) Not dlc, expansion pack. Finally!
keir 3rd March 2011, 21:30 Quote
Again, I don't care about single player. But if it's going to look that good and the online game play is as good as the other proper Battlefields. This will be the game that gets me to upgrade away from my 8800GTX. Assuming it wont run.
Phalanx 3rd March 2011, 21:36 Quote
GPU upgrade? I need a pants upgrade! I can't keep it in! WANT!
novakiller 4th March 2011, 21:48 Quote
Sorry Battlefield 3 will NOT have BOT support. Confirmed

Link
rikaldrey 5th March 2011, 04:53 Quote
I cranked youtube to 1080p. My graphics card melted. I lack the vocabulary to describe it.
leexgx 5th March 2011, 15:13 Quote
wonder if public beta come out on the combat testing forms again

the dx11 comment game should fallback to dx9 like bf bc2 did
Ayrto 5th March 2011, 23:39 Quote
@novakiller 21:48

From the interview Quote:

"...It's about different weapons, different gadgets and different vehicles in different ways. You can see the singleplayer as a training ground. It's more or less a planned training session to go online. You should be able to try all types of weapons, all types of gadgets and all types of vehicles before you feel ready to go online. There are people who are afraid to go online because they thing that they'll get old the millisecond they go online. So you need something where you can practice and that's also a goal for our singleplayer"

It's funny reading that, because BF :BC2, in no way prepared new players to go online. I remember getting in one of the helicopters and thinking, so now what ?....before promptly crashing it lol.

The campaign certainly will need a lot more work, if they really mean it when they say ,you can practice everything before going online. I just hope no bots doesn't mean EA has something sneaky lined up for the multiplayer ...or am I being too cynical?
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