Battlefield 3 Assault and Medic classes merged, Support class to lay down heavy fire

Battlefield 3 - class system

The latest Battlefield 3 blog entry reveals more about the four multiplayer classes. They've been tweaked significantly from Battlefield: Bad Company 2. The Medic class has been merged with the Assault class and replaced by the Support class, who will specialise in heavy weapons. These will come with their own bipod attachements that can be rested on the ground and cover to deliver supressive fire with high accuracy.

The big surprise of the latest blog post is the news that there won't be a Medic class in Battlefield 3. You'll still be able to revive squadmates in the middle of a fight, however, you'll just have to do it as an Assault fighter.

"Assault soldier now has medic abilities," writes senior mulitplayer designer Alan Kertz. "All the abilities such as medkits and defibrillators typically found on the Medic class are now incorporated into Assault. It makes sense that the class on the frontline will be able to revive fallen team mates."

The Assault class can still deal plenty of damage, however, and the customisable loadout will give you alternatives if you'd rather run and gun than help fallen team mates. "You can play it your way," says Kertz, "if you want to customize your Assault soldier more towards medic abilities or towards serious gunplay, it's totally up to you."

In Bad Company 2, Medics could wield fearsome light machine guns. In Battlefield 3, heavy weapons will be even more devastating thanks to the destructability of Battlefield 3's environments and the addition of a new bipod attachment. If you enter aiming mode while prone or near a wall or windowsill you'll deploy the bipod, giving your gun extra stability and improved accuracy while firing.

"The stability created by deploying a Bipod gives players a massive boost in accuracy and recoil reduction. You'll be able to unload an entire clip of 200 bullets from your LMG with great accuracy without even letting go of the trigger, all thanks to the Bipod," says Kertz.

Heavy weapons are central to a brand new mechanic in Battlefield 3: supression. Taking heavy fire will affect your ability to fight. "When you lay down fire in close vicinity to an enemy, the incoming barrage will show up as a graphical blur effect on his screen to stress him and let him know it's not safe to pop out from behind cover," Kertz reveals. "Just as importantly, this mechanic also affects his character's in-game firing accuracy, making him less of a threat by using real world tactics."

Battlefield 3 is due out on October 25. If you're wondering if you'll need to upgrade your PC to play it, check your rig against the Battlefield 3 minimum system requirements .

Tom Senior

Part of the UK team, Tom was with PC Gamer at the very beginning of the website's launch—first as a news writer, and then as online editor until his departure in 2020. His specialties are strategy games, action RPGs, hack ‘n slash games, digital card games… basically anything that he can fit on a hard drive. His final boss form is Deckard Cain.