After last week's shock withdrawal of the buggy v1.01 patch, EA and developers DICE have essentially patched the patch, fixing the troublesome memory leak issue. v1.02 is now available for download from the usual places, like Fileshack
. There is also an update to the Dedicated Server files
The other significant news from the Battlefield front line this week is the announcement
of Battlefield 2: Special Forces. Here's a snip from the press release:
In Battlefield 2: Special Forces, players will choose to fight as one of 6 different Special Forces soldiers -- Navy SEALs, British SAS, Russian Spetznas, MEC Special Forces, Rebel groups and insurgents. Armed with the latest Special Forces weaponry, players can take control of any of the game's 10 new vehicles to engage in major conflicts with up to 64 players.
All the major US sites have details. IGN has a 3 page interview
with Lead Designer AJ Marini and other company reps from DICE and EA. "The battlefield environment is still Battlefield gameplay, but everyone feels a bit more powerful. They have toys and abilities that they wouldn't normally have in the regular Battlefield."
1UP has a one-pager
: "Likely the most significant change to the Battlefield universe in Special Forces comes with the grappling hook and zip line....Players will literally be able to snag their grappling hook onto any flat surface in the game, from the tops of buildings to simple street lamps.
chips in with some juicy detail about NightVision Goggles: "There will be other cool effects, such as tracer fire and muzzle fire, which will help you locate enemies if you don't have night vision on. Night-vision goggles will have a battery meter of sorts, kind of like your stamina meter, so you won't be able to leave it on all the time."
Battlefield 2: Special Forces is being developed by Digital Illusion's Canadian studio, which handled Battlefield Vietnam, and is promised by the end of the year. DICE's Swedish studio, which developed Battlefield 2, will continue to address live issues with the game.