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Battlefield 3 book spotted

Battlefield 3 book spotted

Could there be a novel based on the Battlefield 3 campaign in the works?

A Battlefield 3 book co-authored by former SAS operative turned writer Andy McNab has been spotted for pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and many other book retailers. The other co-author is Battlefield executive producer Patrick Bach.

The listing was spotted by the folks at the Battlefield 3 blog, which prompted us to do a little more digging. According to the various retail sites offering the book, it will be a paperback with 400 pages, and will be published by Grand Central Publishing.

Little else is known about the book, but the fact that Grand Central Publishing itself has categorised it as fiction suggests that this could be a novel based on the campaign mode, rather than a strategy guide.

In interviews, DICE has revealed that the single-player campaign will take around 6-10 hours to complete, but the developer has kept quiet about more specific details.

EA has also previously announced that Andy McNab worked on Battlefield 3 as a military adviser so that DICE could capture 'the authenticity and grittiness of today's war', and that he also helped with the motion capture process.

Amazon says the book should be released on 25 October, around three days before the current UK release date for Battlefield 3, although Grand Central Publishing puts the date slightly later at 1 November.

Is this a strategy guide, a novel based on the single-player campaign or something else entirely? Share your wild speculations in the forums.

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DriftCarl 18th July 2011, 13:02 Quote
It is going to be called "battlefield 3 for Dummies" intended target is all the MW3 gamers that will see how much better BF3 is than MW3 and want to learn how to play a proper FPS game.
Kiytan 18th July 2011, 13:44 Quote
I honestly can't imagine it will be a very interesting book.
(interestingly the modernwarfare3 site is still getting bombed)
sotu1 18th July 2011, 14:47 Quote
If it's penned by Mcnab himself it could be good....Bravo Two Zero was brilliant
Bauul 18th July 2011, 15:35 Quote
Unless McNab misunderstands the fiction element and just writes a book about his experience fragging noobs on a team deathmatch.
thil 18th July 2011, 15:36 Quote
Oh, **** no.

Jesus, I hate it when game companies piss money away on stunts like this.
ajfsound 18th July 2011, 17:44 Quote
What the hell is a 'book'?
Phalanx 18th July 2011, 18:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by ajfsound
What the hell is a 'book'?

BNsrK6P9QvI
BRAWL 18th July 2011, 19:26 Quote
Phalanx just exploded.

Why would they do this? Why would McNab do this?
Sloth 18th July 2011, 19:55 Quote
A book? Really?

Never understood the appeal behind video game novels, half of the experience is playing through the story first hand controlling your character along the way in a visual and interactive setting.

For people that actually enjoy these things fair deal, just not going to be getting any of my money.
geoboy333 18th July 2011, 21:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ph4lanx
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Originally Posted by ajfsound
What the hell is a 'book'?

BNsrK6P9QvI

I laughed so hard when I searched that
alf- 19th July 2011, 00:39 Quote
why release a book based on the storyline of BF3, i know its not released yet but i can't help to think the story line to the game is going to be pretty weak, as with the previous games and in general all other games in this genre.
i have never met anyone who bought games like BF or COD for their story-lines lol
SolidShot 19th July 2011, 08:29 Quote
haha mcnab is such a whore, he'll put his name to anything these days for a few shiny pennies.

Sad really considering what a legend he is.... mind you, what else do you do once you leave the jedi?
ajfsound 19th July 2011, 10:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by geoboy333
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ph4lanx
Quote:
Originally Posted by ajfsound
What the hell is a 'book'?

BNsrK6P9QvI

I laughed so hard when I searched that

Ditto - awesome clip :p
uz1_l0v3r 19th July 2011, 12:49 Quote
Coming to a W H Smith bargain bin near you.
uz1_l0v3r 19th July 2011, 12:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by alf-
why release a book based on the storyline of BF3, i know its not released yet but i can't help to think the story line to the game is going to be pretty weak, as with the previous games and in general all other games in this genre.
i have never met anyone who bought games like BF or COD for their story-lines lol

None of the other Battlefields even had a storyline. They don't need one, and neither does BF3, but the pressure of marketing to console gamers is high.
Saivert 20th July 2011, 15:57 Quote
go play your RPG for stories. Final Fantasy ---> that way.

A book is nice for those who want something to read anyways. Don't judge it before you have read it.
mrdanie 25th July 2011, 18:54 Quote
Hm, maybe worth a read, though only as PDF, wont buy it. Have noticed the bio-shock fiction book too, just not sure about this upcoming trend for game - book tie ins.
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