EA Download Manager Spills Battlefield 3 Release

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Is it still April Fools? The EA Download Manager has slipped the release date of Battlefield 3--and if true, it's war with Modern Warfare 3. Apparently the DICE shooter has been scheduled for a November 2 release, a week or so ahead of Modern Warfare 3's projected launch.

CVG captured a screenshot of the page on EA's Download Manager, where the date 2/11/11 is clearly etched. November 2 falls on a Wednesday, and as CVG points out, games are normally released on Tuesday in the U.S. and, in Europe, the day after. Could a worldwide release be EA's ace to play against their rival?

DICE General Manager Karl-Magnus Troedsson sounded off at competitors in March, calling them "lazy" for using regurgitated engines in sequels: “They’re using the same engine, the same recipe for building a game. At some point you need to take that leap. I haven’t seen them take that leap since a long time ago. We are doing that now; they had better watch out. We are coming for them."

The recently released Battlefield 3 video series ("Fault Line") has fans drooling thanks to its ultra-realistic look. The third episode dropped yesterday, and you can admire it below.

Stuart Macdonald
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