Modder Kiwidog has turned out the lights on some of Battlefield 3's brightest maps. The mod snuffs out the sun, but surfaces can still be illuminated by gun fire, street lights and explosions. The results are surprisingly tense and, thanks to Frostbite 2's extraordinary lighting capabilities, strangely beautiful. Smoke seems to have its own gentle illumination, which makes it possible to pick out foes as silhouettes among the debris. Check out these videos of the mod in action, spotted over on PCGamesN.
DICE are promising to push the Frostbite 2 engine further than ever with September's DLC pack, Armoured Kill. The maps added by the update will be some of the biggest Battlefield battlefields we've ever seen, and it looks as though could turn out to be the prettiest, too. A post on the Battlefield blog from senior environment artist Andrew Hamilton goes over some of the improvements DICE artists are bringing to the new maps, including "higher resolution terrain and vegetation textures, more detail in organic objects such as tree trunks and higher density of objects scattering the landscape."
According to Hamilton, we'll be able to see sand sparkling when lying prone on Bandar desert, the transition between snow and earth has been carefully tweaked and reflection masks allow the team to render realistic ice sheets. See a few of those effects in the screenshots and video of the Alborz Mountains map below. It almost looks too nice to blow up. Almost.
Battlefield 3's impending vehicle-themed map pack, Armored Kill, rolls out on September 11 for Premium members and on September 25 for everyone else, according to an update on EA's official website.
"More Armored Kill? But September's miles off!" thought Tom, mentally still trapped in June. And yet, new screens are here, and the next Battlefield 3 expansion pack will be too next month. If Close Quarters was Battlefield 3 trying to beat Call of Duty at its own game, then Armoured Kill looks more like Battlefield trying to achieve maximum Battlefield while simultaneously singing the Battlefield national anthem, which goes like this: "Tanks, tanks, tanks, tanks!" and so on. You can join in as you cast your eye over these three new screens which feature some awesome war machines, and a jeep trying too hard to impress.
Battlefield 3's December DLC pack, Aftermath, will contain four maps set in and around Tehran. A devastating earthquake has shattered the city, but remnants of both occupying military forces do battle among the ruins using some heavily converted civilian vehicles to gain an edge.
"With operational capacity severely compromised the opposing forces must adapt and engage in vertical and horizontal urban combat amongst the dust and rubble with cracks and fissures in the terrain providing unexpected cover and paths to objectives," DICE explain on the Battlefield site.
Graham, Tom Francis, Rich and Chris discuss Steam sales, the state of Kickstarter, Valve's Greenlight project, Dota 2 and more, including your questions from Twitter. Also featuring Graham's Steam press account hubris, Rich's need to be brilliant at everything, Tom's on again, off again relationship with Defence Grid and the story of how Dota 2 made Chris realise that he's a bad person.
The latest Battlefield trailer gives us our first proper look at some of the main features of September's Armoured Kill DLC pack, including more of the biggest Battlefield map ever, Bandar Desert, and a gorgeous new snowy map. Battlefield fans, you really want to check this one out.
Origin servers will be taken down for maintenance tonight from 10 PM to 1:30 AM PDT. According to EA's notice, Origin will be available in offline mode during those hours, and the single-player portions of EA/Origin games will still be accessible. The multiplayer modes in games such as Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 3, however, will not be playable. Additionally, any purchases made via Origin will be added to a queue and delivered after the outage ends.
In a post on Reddit highlighted by CVG, Battlefield 3 community manager Crash explains that DICE are still going to maintain Battlefield 3 over the next year or so. "There are several teams at DICE," he explains. "Starting work on Battlefield 4 does not mean that we will be abandoning Battlefield 3 or working any less hard to bring you the best expansions we can."
"DICE and EA are dedicated to continuing our support for Battlefield 3. Just as we've continued to support and maintain Bad Company 2, we intend to continue providing the best Battlefield 3 experience we can well into the future and past the release of End Game and Battlefield 4."
Yesterday a banner ad for Medal of Honor: Warfighter pre-orders let slip mention of a Battlefield 4 beta. That banner was swiftly pulled. Today, EA are letting everything hang out. VG247 spotted more mention of bonus BF4 beta access in the latest Medal of Honor multiplayer trailer. Yesterday a tweet from the official Battlefield account warned that nothing is official until it's appeared on Battlefield.com. Oh wait. Here it is. Battlefield 4 is real.
So DICE may or may not be working on Battlefield 4, but they're definitely building Armoured Kill, an upcoming DLC pack that promises to bring us the biggest Battlefield map ever. It's called Bandar Desert, it's set in Iran, and according to a blog post from DICE last week, it's going to be enormous.
Jøran Holberg takes us through some of the details. There will be 1.9km between deployment zones, 2.4 km between jet spawn points, and the map is 1.9km wide at its broadest point. That's 800m longer and wider than Caspian Border. Planes will be able to dogfight in the mountainous areas surrounding a huge area that features stretches of open desert for tank battles, and some built up areas for squabbling foot soldiers.
A splash screen for Medal of Honor: Warfighter popped up on Origin over the weekend offering early access to Battlefield 4, as the above grab from NeoGaf user SalsaShark demonstrates. It feels like Battlefield 3 has only been out two minutes, but a follow up is surely being planned somewhere deep inside the DICE development bunker.
The banner has since been changed and all reference to Battlefield 4 removed. VG247 spotted a tweet from the official Battlefield account that said: “Battlefield 4? If it isn’t on Battlefield.com, it isn’t official!” Now that tweet seems to have been removed as all mention of Battlefield 4 is gradually purged from the web.
Efficient grudge maestros are known to armour only one fist, favouring a silk glove for the off-hand. This allows one to both throw down the gauntlet and deliver a swift slap to the face simultaneously, maximising the effectiveness of the taunt and ensuring enraged agreement to any terms of combat. Battlefield 3's upcoming match feature will let players create tailored grudge matches between platoons, allowing both sides to fight for honour and glory according to a custom ruleset.
In an interview with Edge DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson has speculated about the future of the shooter. Saying "I think we're going to start seeing people moving away from the modern setting, because every now and again settings or themes start to get stale and then everyone jumps over."
DICE put out modern military shooter Battlefield 3 late last year, but fans are already looking for clues as to the series' next direction. It hasn't always been set in the modern day, of course, it was originally a World War 2 based series, while Battlefield 2142 took the action into the far future.
Did any of you purchase Battlefield Premium? Well if you didn't, but you still want to play the new Close Quarters DLC, now's your chance. Mr Moneybags may have had the new maps to himself for the last week, but now everyday Joe Public, who prefers to purchase his map packs one at a time, thank you very much, is getting a crack.
The DLC, which adds ten new weapons and four new maps, is priced at £11.99 or $14.99, and you can get it through Origin.
Feeling hungry, a little hollow, perhaps? Like you maybe haven't levelled up enough lately? Gorge yourself on sweet experience points this weekend in Battlefield 3. For the duration of the weekend, the score total you get at the end of a contest will be DOUBLED. The experience boost will apply to games on every map, including Back to Karkand and Close Quarters levels. The megaboost will start on Saturday morning and end at midnight on Sunday. As long as you're playing on a ranked server, you'll level up faster. Full details on the Battlefield 3 blog.
The Close Quarters pack is available now for players who have bought Battlefield Premium, it'll be out on June 26 for everyone else.
DICE revealed more details about the upcoming vehicle-centric DLC pack, Armoured Kill, in a live chat on Origin yesterday. There were many questions about the AC-130 gunship shown in the recently released Armoured Kill screenshots. DLC lead designer Niklas Fegraeus provided some answers.
To get the AC-130, your team must first capture a base, at which point it will spawn and start taking its own route around the map. There are two gunner seats equipped with a 25mm autocannon and "a big cannon." The gunship will also act as a roaming spawn point, so the remaining members of your squad can choose to para-drop from the gunship on respawn.
Players are being counter-sniped by impossibly fast anti-gravity smoke grenades in Battlefield 3 at the moment. Redditor Max_Xevious has taken this video of the latest Battlefield 3 bug which causes canisters to fly and fly forever until they hit someone, causing them to die instantly from sheer surprise.
"I don't usually abuse glitches but I can't help myself with this one," writes Xevious. "I'm looking forward to the next few days/weeks once everyone figures it out and entire maps are filled with clouds of smoke."
You know you're having a bad day in Battlefield 3 when you get hit in the face a smoke grenade fired at impossible speeds from two miles away. It may be funny now, but things could quickly start to get out of hand. Hopefully DICE can throw in a quick fix soon.
Now that Battlefield 3 Premium is well and truly confirmed, DICE and EA have lifted the lid on a few more of their upcoming DLC plans. Armored Kill is due in the autumn, and features wide-open maps with a vehicle focus: precisely the opposite of this month's Close Quarters infantry combat pack.
Of note in the new screenshots is an AC-130 gunship - the massive ground-attack aircraft commonly associated with Call of Duty turret sections. The last time we played with one of these in a Battlefield game was in the hugely popular Battlefield 1942 Desert Combat mod. Click through for the images.
Reuters has confirmed what was already all-but certain: Battlefield 3 Premium is coming, and it'll cost $50 in the USA.
The report mentions the ability to wipe Battlelog stats among the Premium features we already suspected, including new dogtags and custom knives. EA Games executive VP Patrick Soderlund is quoted as saying that Premium will help to "keep up momentum" for Battlefield, which isn't due another iteration until 2013.