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Battlefield 3 Beta Site Launched, Beta Dates And Details Revealed

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Today, DICE shocked the gaming community with an abrupt announcement revealing that Battlefield 3 beta will begin September 29th, giving gamers on all platforms a chance to experience BF3's multiplayer gameplay. Starting September 29th, gamers can download the Battlefield 3 beta client for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Announced on their newly launched site, "those that have already pre-ordered the PC digital download version of Battlefield 3 through Origin or own the Limited/Tier 1 Edition of Medal of Honor for Xbox 360, PS3, or PC will have early access starting on September 27. Fans will get a little over a week of multiplayer beta gameplay, with beta ending on October 10th.

On Playstation 3, the Beta will appear automatically on the Playstation Network Store. On Xbox 360, it will automatically appear on Xbox Live Marketplace. On PC, it will automatically appear in the Origin application's demo page.

Battlefield 3's beta will consist of multiplayer gameplay featuring the Rush Mode (one of the five different game modes available in Battlefield 3) on the Operation Metro map (one of the nine maps available in Battlefield 3). Check out the trailer for Operation Metro below. Battlefield 3 Operation Metro Trailer

Rush was first introduced in Battlefield: Bad Company. Now in Battlefield 3, Rush offers an object based mode. The attackers have to arm and detonate pairs of M-COM stations in each area of the map to unlock the next area and the next pair of M-COM stations. While defenders have an unlimited amount of spawn tickets, attackers only get new tickets every time they destroy a pair of M-COMs. If all M-COM stations on the entire map are destroyed, the attackers are declared the winning team. If the defenders manage to deplete the attacker’s tickets to zero (by killing them), the defenders are declared the winners. Rush includes all types of vehicles, including transport vehicles, armored vehicles, helicopters, and of course, jets.

The greatest information DICE has announced is that there is no cap on how far you can rank up or what you can unlock. You can play as long as you want during the time of beta. I expect those hardcore gamers will grind through the ranks to test every weapon.

While Battlelog, DICE's free social platform that ties into Battlefield 3, will be working and will let you socialize, track stats, and plan your next game, DICE has revealed that your stats will not carry over from beta into the final game. DICE is "still fine tuning the ranking system and don't want to give beta players an unfair advantage when Battlefield 3 launches. You will keep your soldier name, though". So choose wisely.

Battlefield 3 is DICE's biggest, best, and deepest shooter ever. With over 50 industry awards, including "Best Shooter" and "Best Multiplayer Game", DICE is taking all-out vehicle warfare to the next level.

If you're planning on playing Battlefield 3 on PC you might want to check out the system requirements. Beta will also give you a chance to see how BF3's hi-def graphics will look and on your computer.

Battlefield 3 Minimum System Requirements OS: WINDOWS VISTA (SERVICE PACK 2) 32-BIT PROCESSOR: 2 GHZ DUAL CORE (CORE 2 DUO 2.4 GHZ OR ALTHON X2 2.7 GHZ) MEMORY: 2 GB HARD DRIVE: 20 GB GRAPHICS CARD (AMD): DIRECTX 10.1 COMPATIBLE WITH 512 MB RAM (ATI RADEON 3000, 4000, 5000 OR 6000 SERIES, WITH ATI RADEON 3870 OR HIGHER PERFORMANCE) GRAPHICS CARD (NVIDIA): DIRECTX 10.0 COMPATIBLE WITH 512 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE 8, 9, 200, 300, 400 OR 500 SERIES WITH NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GT OR HIGHER PERFORMANCE) SOUND CARD: DIRECTX COMPATIBLE KEYBOARD AND MOUSE DVD ROM DRIVE

Battlefield 3 Recommended System Requirements OS: WINDOWS 7 64-BIT PROCESSOR: QUAD-CORE CPU MEMORY: 4 GB HARD DRIVE: 20 GB GRAPHICS CARD: DIRECTX 11 COMPATIBLE WITH 1024 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 OR ATI RADEON 6950) SOUND CARD: DIRECTX COMPATIBLE KEYBOARD AND MOUSE DVD ROM DRIVE

You can find all beta news and information on Battlefield 3 official beta page.

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