Battlefield 3

DICE rebuilding Battlefield 3 with massive upcoming patch

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WEAPON ACCESSORIES:

SCOPES:

  • Fixed the 7x scope not zooming to the full 7x on all weapons.
  • Corrected the M39's laser sight so it points at the point of impact and aligns with scopes when zoomed.
  • Fixed a misaligned scope crosshair on the G3A3 using the Rifle Scope 6x.
  • Fixed the PKA and PKA-S scopes on the M416 having swapped zoom levels.
  • The L96 Straight Pull bolt now functions properly.
  • The L96 ironsights have been adjusted for a clearer aiming picture and correct use of the integral front sight.
  • The L96 now properly shows scope glint when using the 8x, and 12x scopes.
  • Tweaked IRNV to be more consistent across all levels.
  • Fixed a rendering issue with IRNV view when taking damage.
  • Tweaked the IRNV zoom times and scope visible areas to be the same across all weapons (some were faster than others).
  • Fixed the QBU-88 sniper and the L96 IRNV scopes to use the proper sniper reticule

BIPOD:

  • The Accuracy increase and Recoil reduction of the Bipod has been significantly improved for Assault Rifles and Carbines.
  • The Bipod now provides similar Accuracy and Recoil benefits no matter if the weapon is fired while aiming or without aiming for all weapons. Previously only LMGs were worked this way. This especially improves the speed at which snipers can make follow up shots, and also allows effective unaimed suppressive fire with Assault Rifles and Carbines.
  • Increased the Speed at which a bipod is deployed, allowing the user to obtain the bipod's bonus sooner after the deploy has started and allowing the weapon to be aimed in a far shorter time. The speed has been increased 40-50%, depending on the weapon and animation.

HEAVY BARREL:

  • The Vertical Recoil penalty of the Heavy Barrel has been reduced. The value has been changed from a global percent increase to a weapon specific value.
  • A small Hip Accuracy penalty has been added to the Heavy Barrel to represent the added weight of the accessory, as well as focus the attachment on accurate mid and long range fire. The exact penalty amount is a weapon specific value.
  • Several weapons with low default bullet speed now have their bullet speed increased when the Heavy Barrel is equipped. This is in effect for the A91, G3A3, AKS-74u, G36C, M4A1, SCAR-H, SG553, G53, and QBZ-95B.
  • The Heavy Barrel is now also paired with Match Rounds which increase the maximum range of the weapon. The minimum and maximum damage are unchanged, weapons with the Heavy Barrel will be more effective in mid range.
  • The Aimed Accuracy bonus provided by the Heavy Barrel has been increased. This will increase the effectiveness of the Heavy Barrel for small bursts, as originally intended.

IRNV FIXES:

  • Tweaked IRNV to be more consistent across all levels.
  • Fixed a rendering issue with IRNV view when taking damage.
  • Tweaked the IRNV zoom times and scope visible areas to be the same across all weapons (some were faster than others).
  • Fixed the QBU-88 sniper and the L96 IRNV scopes to use the proper sniper reticule.

FOREGRIP:

  • The Horizontal Sway reduction has been changed from a global percent reduction to a weapon specific value reduction. For most guns this means very little change, for guns which have a large horizontal recoil the change is more substation. The FAMAS, F2000, and AEK971 are most effected, the AK-74, M16, and M416 are nearly unchanged.
  • A small long range Aimed Accuracy penalty has been added to the foregrip. Players who generally find themselves fighting at mid to long range may want to change their accessory, while players fighting in CQB will go largely unaffected. Combining the Foregrip with a Silencer or a Heavy Barrel will offset this penalty.

LASER SIGHT:

  • The Hip Accuracy bonus provided by the Laser Sight has been increased. Some PDWs have had their crouch and prone base stats adjusted to prevent hip firing being more accurate than aimed fire when using a laser sight.
  • The bonus is now a weapon specific value instead of a global percentage, some guns receive larger or smaller bonuses, though all bonuses are better than they were previously.

SUPPRESSOR:

  • The Suppressor no longer reduces the maximum damage of a weapon when equipped. Instead the Suppressor reduces the minimum and maximum range of the weapon, making it ideal for CQB and Stealth. This change will make the Suppressor slightly more effective at long range, where the bullet drop and speed makes shots difficult already, and reduces the power of the suppressor at mid range slightly.
  • The Suppressor's recoil bonus remains unchanged at a global 10% decrease. This is less than the Flash Suppressor's bonus for all weapons.
  • The Hip Accuracy penalty of the Suppressor has been changed from a global percentage to a per weapon value. Generally this penalty is higher now, but not for all weapons. Specifically, the belt LMGs and bolt Snipers do not have any additional hip fire penalty, as their penalty is already at the maximum possible value.
  • Reduced the Aimed Accuracy bonus of the Suppressor from 50% to 25%. A Suppressor and Foregrip combo will have similar accuracy to a weapon without any Accessories, at the penalty of worse Hip Fire Accuracy and Range and with the benefit of much improved Stealth and reduced Recoil.

FLASH SUPPRESSOR:

  • The Flash Suppressor no longer reduces accuracy for Automatic Fire.
  • The Flash Suppressor now also works as a recoil compensator, reducing the Vertical Recoil by a weapon specific value. This bonus is larger than the bonus provided by the Suppressor.
  • A small Hip Accuracy penalty has been added to the Flash Suppressor to represent the added weight of the accessory. The exact penalty amount is a weapon specific value.

GENERAL GAMEPLAY FIXES:

  • Players should no longer take fall damage from short falls.
  • Players now get up from Prone slightly faster, allowing better odds of getting away from a grenade or threat when prone.
  • Fixed some situations that would unintentionally make a player unrevivable.
  • Reduced the black screen fade in time on spawn. The fade is still necessary for properly streaming in loading content at spawn, but it has been substantially reduced.
  • Increased the spawn protection time from 1sec to 2sec. The protection will still be immediately canceled as soon as the player moves or shoots.
  • Spawn protection will no longer be canceled by the player looking around.
  • Increased the speed at which a player regains accuracy when aiming after moving for a more responsive experience. Firing before fully zoomed will still result inaccurate fire.
  • Increased the inaccuracy and recoil added when a player is fully suppressed.
  • Shotgun Buck and Flechette rounds now have a less suppressive effect at medium to long range.
  • Tweaked the damage levels of Buck and Flechette rounds to balance them with other weapons.
  • Improved the suppression of the .44 magnum, .357 magnum, and the 5.8x42mm DAP88 rounds from the Type88 sniper.
  • Attempting to Crouch (like Prone) will now properly interrupt Sprint.
  • Increased the effectiveness of Suppression Resist Specialization.
  • Parachutes now respond to turn and throttle inputs more quickly.
  • Switching from primary weapons to sidearms and back now takes less time.
  • Increased the effectiveness of explosive resistance.
  • Tweaked bipod deploy settings so players can no longer deploy a bipod in places higher than chin level.
  • The bipod should now be more reliable when deploying on top of sloped objects like cars and rocks.
  • Fixed several issues with vaulting objects, especially for thin railings.
  • The Knife now only takes two swipes to kill when attacking from a position where a takedown is not possible.
  • CRAM weapons on Carriers now count towards stationary weapon awards.

VEHICLE FIXES:

  • The A10 properly gives Jet score again.
  • Unguided tank rounds and RPGs will now instantly destroy Jets, Attack Helicopters, and Scout Helicopters.
  • Increased the damage the MBT's primary weapon does to the front and side armor of other main battle tanks. Primarily this means 1 less shot to the front, and very good hits to the side can result in a 1 hit to disable.
  • Slightly reduced the repair speed of the repair tool.
  • Increased the damage done by TOW weapons to armored vehicles.
  • Increased the rate of fire and minimum damage of the Coax HMG.
  • Increased the damage mounted gunner .50cal HMGs do at long range.
  • Increased the power of the repair tool when killing soldiers or destroying vehicles slightly.
  • Fixed a problem when locking on to two nearby targets, the locking should no longer jump rapidly between multiple targets. This applies to all locking weapons and Laser Designators.
  • Increased the damage of the Javelin and Air to Ground missiles against laser designated targets.
  • Javelin missiles fired without Laser targeting now do more damage to the side and rear of MBTs.
  • Slightly reduced the locking time of all weapons vs Laser Designated targets.
  • Laser Guided missiles can now be distracted by Flares.
  • Increased the locking distance for AGM Missiles for Jets when locking on laser designated targets.
  • Reduced the locking time for the AGM Missiles for Jets to make them more viable against ground targets.
  • Reduced the locking time for AA Missiles for Jets to make them more viable against air targets.
  • Flares will no longer break the lock of a vehicle that is locked on, it will only distract the missiles.
  • Flares now more reliably distract missiles, especially for Helicopters.
  • Flares for Jets and Choppers now reload at 11 seconds again, except for the gunner, which remains unchanged at 20sec.
  • AA Missiles are more difficult to dodge in Jets, this was unintended behavior that created an imbalance against skilled pilots.
  • AA Missiles should no longer kill the pilot instead of the vehicle.
  • AA Missiles should no longer detonate before hitting their target or a Flare/ECM chaff cloud.
  • Reduced the damage AA missiles do to jets to 45%.
  • Fixed the SU-35 firing Air to Air missiles at a lower rate of fire than other vehicles.
  • The IGLA and Stinger now lock on much more quickly and disable an attack aircraft in 1 hit, but have significantly reduced range. This should allow Stingers to mount an effective close range point defense, without dominating an entire airspace.
  • Increased the speed of the Helicopter AA missiles lock on to reduce the tedious nature of Helicopter dogfights and improve the Helicopter's defensive abilities vs Jets.
  • Slightly reduced the damage of Jet cannons against Aircraft. Damage is now only slightly higher than it was originally at launch.
  • Increased RPG and SMAW damage against aircraft.
  • Guided Rockets will now only track ground targets, as originally intended.
  • Reduced the direct damage done by Attack Helicopter gunners vs Armor.
  • Helicopter guns should now suppress correctly.
  • Improved the accuracy of the Attack Helicopter's Rocket Pods, both guided and unguided.
  • Slightly increased the damage of Attack Helicopter's Rocket Pods vs Infantry and other Helicopters.
  • Additional fixes have been made to the TV missile to prevent it from blowing up the lauching vehicle.
  • The Mi28 has received upgrades to its climbing and yawing abilities.
  • Fixed an issue where guided rockets from the Mi28 did not follow the crosshair properly.
  • Improved the accuracy of the Mi28 gun to match the AH1 gun.
  • Increased the direct hit damage of the APFSDS rounds for the IFVs.
  • Decreased the locking time of the IFV Guided Missile to make it more viable as an unlock.
  • Miniguns and Helicopter Gunners now more quickly destroy parked cars.
  • Increased the power of explosions from cars and other explosive static objects.
  • Dying from the explosion of a car or other explosive static object should now correctly credit the player who caused the explosion.
  • Adjusted the F35's Center of Mass and Hover Engine for more stable, level flight in all flight modes.
  • Updated the F35 weapon systems to be consistent with the other Jets.
  • The F35 will now only attempt to enter Hover at low altitudes, though it will maintain the hover until forward flight is resumed, even if it reaches high altitude.
  • The F35 and SU35 now properly have Ejection seats to prevent players from being killed when exiting the vehicle.
  • Changed the Kornets to TOW launchers on Wake Island and moved the spawn position of the AAV to a more level position.
  • Fixed several bugs with air vehicles colliding with objects at high speeds and taking no damage.
  • Players will no longer receive suicides or team kills if they crash their vehicle (dying is punishment enough).
  • The MAV will no longer destroy vehicles that run into it, instead it should be destroyed.
  • Jet and Helicopter collisions should now properly result in the death of both vehicles.
  • You can now spot with the EOD bot.
  • Increased the base accuracy for AA guns and added a decrease in accuracy over the course of a burst.
  • Reduced the damage AA guns (both mobile and stationary) do to infantry.
  • The carrier based CRAM stations are now properly tracked as stationary weapons.
  • CRAM and Pantsir stationary AA weapons now have Air Radar equipped by default.
  • Improved the sound feedback for damage to help players better understand the amount of damage their vehicle is taking.
  • The A10's extinguisher should now function properly.
  • Disabled vehicles now have an increased reverse speed to help escape to cover after being disabled.
  • The T90's crosshair now more accurately represents the trajectory of the main gun.
  • Toggle and Hold zoom settings now also apply to soldier controlled turrets on jeeps, transport helicopters, boats, and IFVs port guns.
  • The AAV now has zoom and a 3P camera when using the turret.
  • Tweaked the AAV's turret controls to be more useful when the vehicle is moving.
  • The Z11w now properly functions with Below Radar.
  • Below Radar will now also prevent the lock on of Stinger and IGLA missiles.
  • Added Horns to all Jeeps.
  • Tanks can no longer drive into the water and cross the Wake Island lagoon completely submerged.

GADGETS:

  • Reduced the spot times on C4 and Claymore projectiles from 30 to 15 sec.
  • Tweaked the controls and physics for the EOD bot to improve its handling and aiming capabilities.
  • The Radio Beacon, Mortar, MAV, EOD bot, T-UGS, and SOFLAM should now be much easier to deploy.
  • The MAV will now be destroyed when running into a soldier or vehicle at high speed. It is still possible to strategically sacrifice your MAV on a soldier; it will be destroyed in the process.
  • The MAV now properly shows up in the Kill Feed. Previously it simply displayed "KILLED."
  • The MAV can no longer be used as an elevator.
  • Matched the motion sensor sweep frequency and range on the MAV to the TUGS.
  • Players will no longer auto enter SOFLAM, MAV, and EOD bots after they are deployed.
  • Players may now use their knife to destroy enemy equipment.
  • C4 will no longer be detonable after a player respawns, if the player is revived within 5 seconds he can still detonate his C4.
  • The player may now have a maximum number of mines which will persist after the player's death. Deploying more than the maximum of 6 mines will remove a previous mine from the world.
  • Claymores now live up to 5 seconds after a player dies, the player can have a max 2 claymores planted at the same time.
  • Claymores can now detonate from vehicles and can be used to disable jeeps or kill the passengers in light jeeps. Claymores will not do any damage to heavy vehicles.
  • Ammobags now stay until the user redeploys them like Medkits.
  • Ammobags resupply bullets more quickly, but explosives resupply more slowly, especially 40mm grenades.
  • Slightly reduced the effective blast radius of the RPG, SMAW, and 40mm grenade projectiles against infantry.
  • Reduced the total number of RPG and SMAW missiles carried from 5 to 4. Players desiring more rockets will want to use the Explosive spec.
  • Slightly increased the heal rate of the Medical Crate.
  • The MAV now will also descend by pressing the Crouch Toggle key. (PC)
  • The M224 Mortar can no longer be deployed in an area that is out of combat for another team like a home base or other protected spawn.
  • Tweaked M224 exit points so the player faces in the direction of the mortar when he exits.
  • Mines, Claymores, C4 and other deployable items will now only appear on the minimap when spotted by a teammate.

TEAM DEATHMATCH

  • Fixed a bug where players would spawn close to the enemy team at the start of the round.
  • Tehran Highway playable area has been doubled and is now the same as the Squad Deathmatch set up. Spawn points have been tweaked, and an extra spawn zone has been added north of the footbridge.
  • Kharg Island has a new spawn zone layout, along with a bigger playable area and new cover objects. Spawn points have also been tweaked.
  • Strike at Karkand spawns zones have been tweaked to improve player flow. Spawn points have been tweaked to improve safety upon spawning.
  • Sharqi Peninsula spawn zones have been adjusted to optimize player movement. Spawn points have been tweaked so players spawn more safely.
  • Seine Crossing spawn zone set up has been improved. There is a new spawn zone by the alleyway to the northwest with additional spawn points.
  • Caspain Border spawn zones have been tweaked slightly.

SQUAD DEATHMATCH

  • Fixed a bug where players would spawn close to the enemy team at the start of the round.
  • Damavand Peak layout and spawn zones have been tightened to reduce the spread of players across the map
  • Tehran Highway now features an extra spawn zone north of the footbridge, along with tweaked spawn points.
  • Noshahr Canals spawn zones have been tweaked. Removed unsafe spawn points in the Northeast corner, and in the middle of the container area to the Southwest.