Players are eagerly anticipating the latest installments of the Battlefield franchise, with EA’s Battlefield 3 going head to head against Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Luckily, those who can’t wait will have the chance to participate in the Battlefield 3 multiplayer beta, which opens to all players on September 29th. The beta takes place on the Operation Metro map, a bombed out section of Paris which looked gorgeous in preview screens. This news came earlier in the week, but players still had plenty of questions, which EA has answered on Battlefield 3’s official blog.
Q: What are the regular dates for the Open Beta?
A: September 29th-October 10th, 2011.
Q: Who is eligible for early access to the Battlefield 3 Open Beta on September 27th?
A: Customers who have pre-ordered the PC digital download version of Battlefield 3: Limited Edition on Origin, or registered their first-hand copy of Medal of Honor: Limited Edition/Tier 1 Edition, or purchased Medal of Honor Limited Edition from Steam prior to July 26th, 2011.
Q: How do I join the early access Open Beta?
A: For Xbox 360, you will receive an email with instructions and your personal early access code. Note your code and follow the instructions.
For Playstation 3, the early access Open Beta will automatically appear for you in the PlayStation Network Store.
On PC, you will receive an email with instructions and your personal early access code. Note your code and follow the instructions to redeem the code on Origin.
Q: I bought Medal of Honor: Limited Edition/Tier 1 Edition on Steam. How do I get early access?
A: If you purchased Medal of Honor through Steam prior to July 26th, 2011 cut-off, you are eligible for early access to the Battlefield 3 Open Beta.
To view your key, go to Medal of Honor in your Steam library, and click the “cd key” link. Find the “Battlefield 3 Open Beta early access” key.
Battlefield 3 is delivered through Electronic Arts’ Origin client. (direct download, 47mb: www.origin.com/download )
Once you have Origin installed, run it and log in with your Origin ID. (This will be the same as your EA account ID used in Medal of Honor.). In the Origin client, click the gear icon in the top menu bar, and then select “redeem product code”.
Q: Is Origin required to play the Open Beta?
A: Origin is not required to play on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. For PC, Origin will be used to distribute the Open Beta installation and run the game, and is therefore necessary to play.
Q: Where do I install Origin?
Q: Where do I go if I have more question?
A: You can visit our extensive Open Beta FAQ here.
Basically, if two extra days of waiting isn’t something you’re prepared for, early access to the beta will be granted to any gamers who either pre-order the digital PC version of the game at EA’s Origin shop, or to those who pre-ordered the limited edition of the recent Medal of Honor reboot. And again, for more information about the beta, players should visit www.battlefield.com/beta.
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