This game was released on October 28, 2011 and is no longer available to pre-order. Any incentives that were offered are listed below.
The ever-popular Battlefield series of first-person shooters will see a new addition this year. Titled Battlefield 3, the game will use a next-generation engine called Frostbite 2, which takes full advantage of DX11 and 64-bit CPUs. The new engine is said to deliver improved dynamic lighting, destructible environments and highly realistic character animations.
BF3 will re-introduce fighter jets and the prone position which was absent from Bad Company. The multiplayer mode is going to feature a kill cam similar to that in Call of Duty games. Battlefield 3 will support up to 64 players per server on the PC, but only 24 on consoles due to hardware limitations. Multiplayer is, of course, the main focus of Battlefield games, but BF3 will still have a single-player campaign, which is going to take place in year 2014.
BF3 Limited Edition pre-order bonuses
Gamers who preorder Battlefield 3 Limited Edition (available at any of the retailers listed below) will receive a bonus pack called Back to Karkand. It contains four BF2 maps rebuilt for the new game engine (Strike at Karkand, Gulf of Oman, Sharqi Peninsula and Wake Island), a few iconic Battlefield 2 weapons and vehicles, and exclusive unlocks. In addition, the following retailer-specific incentives are offered:
- GameStop: exclusive Physical Warfare pack which contains a Type 88 light machine gun with bipod, a flash suppressor for the SKS sniper rifle, and day-one access as well as armor-piercing flechette ammo for the DAO-12 shotgun. While this DLC is exclusive, all players will receive it for free sometime after the release. In addition, if you’re a Power-Up Rewards member at GameStop, you will get the official Prima Strategy Guide for BF3.
- Origin: EA’s official store is offering the Physical Warfare pack and two Battlefield Play4Free items (BF3 Edition Beret & 870 Combat Shotgun). US PC Download customers also can preload the game before the release for instant access when it launches.
- Amazon: $20 credit (console versions only) and an exclusive multiplayer dog tag pack. These tags are shown on screen every time you kill an enemy.
- Best Buy: SPECACT (Special Activities) kit with 8 multiplayer weapon and uniform skins.
As for the UK, you can reserve the Limited Edition of BF3 with Physical Warfare pack at GAME or GameStation. On the other hand, Play.com will give you an exclusive set of 10 Dog Tags.
Battlefield 3 “Fault Line” gameplay trailer
This trailer features 12 minutes of Battlefield 3 single-player gameplay and shows off the realistic graphics and animations delivered by the Frostbite 2 engine.
Battlefield 3 is scheduled to be released on October 25th in North America, and October 28th in Europe for all three major gaming platforms simultaneously. Visit the official BF3 blog for up to date news on the upcoming game.