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Battlefield 3 multiplayer classes detailed

Battlefield 3 multiplayer classes detailed

More Battlefield 3 fact crumbs have dripped from the info-mouth of DICE, with a new blog post explaining the shooter's revamped multiplayer classes.

Battlefield 3 only has four classes, down from seven in Battlefield 2. However, roles have been combined, rather than outright eliminated. The Assault class picks up the eliminated Medic's healing abilities, although DICE insists it's still the same old "frontline run and gun class" and players needn't equip life-giving gear if they want more death-dealing tools instead. "It makes sense that the class on the frontline will be able to revive fallen team mates," DICE explains. Read more »

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Battlefield 3 won't get mod tools

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Battlefield 3 won't get mod tools

While Battlefield 3 is being targeted towards the high-end PC market, developer DICE has made the decision to omit modding tools for the upcoming FPS. “As of now, we are not going to make any modding tools,” DICE's Patrick Söderlund told GameStar (via PC Mag). "If you look at the Frostbite engine, and how complex it is, it’s going to be very difficult for people to mod the game, because of the nature of the set up of levels, of the destruction and all those things... it’s quite tricky. So we think it’s going to be too big of a challenge for people to make a mod."

The Frostbite engine has been largely praised for producing such impressive visuals for Battlefield 3. Undoubtedly, the enthusiastic modding community would love to get hands on that tech--and it's likely they will, regardless of a release of an officially sanctioned mod tool. For example, the community eventually released new maps for DICE's Mirror's Edge. (Although that title used Unreal Engine 3.) Söderlund's statement seems like an invitation for the community to open up the game. Read more »

"That's kids, charge money for the tool, let pros take a crack at it."
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Battlefield 3's multiplayer philosophy explained

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Battlefield 3's multiplayer philosophy explained

Hardcore Battlefield fans will be quick to point out that the series has left its roots in recent years, ignoring the PC, and focusing on more single-player experiences. Battlefield: Bad Company, for example, added a campaign and never even saw a PC release.

Although Battlefield: Bad Company 2's multiplayer was topnotch (and personally, my favorite of recent modern shooters) and it hit PC alongside consoles, the BF series is still missing a few key ingredients that made players fall in love with it back in 2002. Enter Battlefield 3, a game that developer DICE is promising will return the franchise back to the glory of the original Battlefield titles, for the first time in six years. Read more »

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Wake Island map coming to Battlefield Heroes

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Wake Island map coming to Battlefield Heroes

Browser-based, free to play soldiers unite! Battlefield Heroes is going to Wake Island. According to EA, the addition of the iconic Battlefield map is to celebrate the second anniversary of Battlefield Heroes.

Wake Island has been a staple in the Battlefield series since first debuting in Battlefield 1942. The map has since been made available on all other Battlefield titles in some form. The map will arrive "later this month." Read more »

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'New, Unannounced' Battlefield Game Coming, Says EA's Easy Studio General Manager

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A new, unannounced title in the Battlefield universe is on the way, according to a Tweet from EA's Ben Cousins.

Cousins, the general manager of EA's Easy studio located in Sweden--the team that handles EA's free-to-play titles, such as Battlefield Heroes--revealed he was headed to London to show off a "new, unannounced Battlefield game to the press." Cousins specifically noted that the new game is not Battlefield 3. Clearly, since that game was announced. Read more »

"covert ops in a permanent blizzard so they don't have to make any graphics"
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Battlefield Heroes to Release with Two Maps

EA DICE's free multiplayer effort Battlefield Heroes (PC) will initially launch with two maps when it arrives this summer, senior producer Ben Cousins has revealed.

Launched from, the title will be supported by website advertising and micro-transaction revenue.

"We're launching with an infantry-focused map, and a vehicle-focused map," he explained to Gamasutra. Earlier this year, Cousins described the sole gameplay mode of the class-based shooter as a mixture of Capture the Flag and Team Deathmatch. Read more »

"What platform do you have it on? GET IT ON PC, there's TONS more playing than that!"
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Battlefield: Bad Company Hits PS3, X360 in June; Multiplayer Beta Begins March 25

EA DICE's first-person shooter Battlefield: Bad Company and its destructible environments will arrive on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in June, publisher Electronic Arts has revealed.

An Xbox Live beta will begin on March 25, allowing select users early access to the game's multiplayer component and two of its maps. Retailer GameStop will distribute beta keys to the first 5,000 people that pre-order the title. Read more »

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Battlefield: Bad Company Shots Show Desert Combat

EA DICE has released three new screenshots of Battlefield: Bad Company, highlighting a previously unseen desert combat environment.

Featuring both an extensive single- and multi-player component, Battlefield: Bad Company arrives on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 later this year. For more details, check out our recent batch of hands-on impressions.

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"...did you play BF2? Or 2142? Squads. Persistence. Commanders. Completely different settings. "
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Battlefield Heroes Has No In-game Advertising

Despite being a free-to-play ad-supported web title, EA DICE's upcoming cartoony shooter Battlefield Heroes (PC) will not feature any type of in-game advertising or product placement, senior producer Ben Cousins revealed during a presentation attended by Shacknews.

Rather, the advertising revenue will come from the title's official web site, which players must visit to launch the game. A bright yellow "Play Now!" button will be prominently featured on the page, along with news posts, details on purchasable items, and, of course, banner ads. Read more »

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Battlefield Heroes Trailer Spoofs Yahtzee

There are so many strange things in EA DICE's first Battlefield Heroes trailer.

World War II drama mocked with a record scratch? Yahtzee-like ramblings with a Pirate Bay name-drop? And you can ride on the wing of a plane while upside down? Seriously?

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"I dont get the hate. it looks just as awesome as i expected (quite awesome)"
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Battlefield Heroes Preview

EA DICE's decision to release Battlefield Heroes as a free-to-play, web-based title has raised a lot of questions and concerns.

How will the game-funding advertising be handled? Will the oft-dreaded micro-transactions be worth the dough? And most importantly, how will it play? Is this going to be a free game, or a game that's free?

During a presentation last week, senior producer Ben Cousins took the opportunity to show off the latest build of the cartoony game, and answer some of these questions in the process. Read more »

"Yes - but 3rd person view is less nauseating for people who are prone to motion sickness."
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Battlefield: Bad Company Multiplayer Impressions

"Using the right tool, you can blow pretty much everything up," an EA DICE representative told me of Battlefield: Bad Company (PS3, X360) and its first-person gameplay. I took those words to heart.

Selecting the demolition class, I made an effort to blow a hole through every wall I saw with my bazooka. "No longer am I forced to abide by the limitations of static environments," I shouted triumphantly. It was a very crowded venue. I don't think anyone heard me. Read more »

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Battlefield Heroes Details: Third-person Camera, Three Classes, Point-based Abilities

Following yesterday's trickle of Battlefield Heroes news, fansite Planet Battlefield is now reporting a deluge of details said to be lifted from the latest issue of Games For Windows magazine.

Due to arrive this summer, EA DICE's Battlefield Heroes will be a free multiplayer-only PC title supported by in-game advertising and micro-transactions. Read more »

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Battlefield Heroes Details Emerge

Some of the first details of the recently

announced Battlefield Heroes have made their way out via the game's handy dandy developer blog. Senior producer Ben

Cousins shared some slides and info in the first update of note. We picked through the ramblings of Mr. Cousins for these new details: Read more »

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ShackCast 28: Team Fortress 2 Changes, Battlefield Heroes, GTA4 Date, Fallen Empire, Fancy Joystick

In this week's ShackCast, we discussed the imminent changes to Team Fortress 2, the announcement of Battlefield Heroes, recent information regarding GarageGames' Tribes-esque Fallen Empire: Legions information, Grand Theft Auto 4's final ship date, and the monstrous system requirements for Assassin's Creed on PC.

We have impressions of Rez HD and N+ on Xbox Live Arcade as well as Advance Wars: Days of Ruin on Nintendo DS, and a few more thoughts on Burnout Paradise. There is reader mail as always--plus, Nick has been playing "fancy joystick." You'll just have to listen! Read more »

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