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Open beta tonight!

A friendly reminder that the beta for battlefield will be opening up at 10pm tonight. Be sure to jump in mumble and game with us!

To get you ready, here is a video SuperRoach done showing what battlelog and platoons look like, as well  as some good ingame action.

More Beta footage (Grenade Launcher)

Coming from an early Alpha video shower, we have some more footage showing off what we can expect in the Operation Metro beta about to come out.

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It features grenade launcher action, as well as some running around with the MP7 gun. Paddles to revive a player also come out at one point as well, showing off some fast reviving times. Overall it’s well worth the watch and I’m pumped to be able to play the beta soon.

H*EA*T will be recording gameplay and conducting interviews with the community come launch time, so be ready for that.

 

Specialised drivers (Nvidia)

Nvidia’s drivers which are optimised for battlefield 3 have just come out early. Here are the change log information details for

New in Release 285.38

•Increases performance in Battlefield 3 by up to 38%

•Improves overall stability and image quality in Battlefield 3.

•Added or updated SLI profiles for Battlefield 3, Dead Island, Diablo III, Dragon Age 2, Need for Speed: The Run, and Saints Row: The Third.

•Fixed a performance regression in 285.27 beta running Crysis 2 (DirectX 9).

Read more about R285 drivers on GeForce.com.

Other Details

•Supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs. •Installs PhysX System Software to version 9.11.06.21. •Installs HD Audio driver to version 1.2.24.0. •Supports OpenGL 4.2 for GeForce 400 series and 500 series GPUs and OpenGL 3.3 for GeForce 8-series and later GPUs. •Supports multiple languages and APIs for GPU computing: CUDA C, CUDA C++, CUDA Fortran, OpenCL, DirectCompute, and Microsoft C++ AMP. •Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11, and OpenGL, including 3-way SLI, Quad SLI, and SLI support on SLI-certified Intel and AMD motherboards. •Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software. •Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here.

 

Here is the link to download the drivers: http://www.geforce.com/Drivers/Results/38108

Got an AMD based card? well those are along the way too, but there has been no information regarding them yet.

Battlefield 3 Beta Starting times

Thanks to @EA_Australia, we now have the time we can play:


#Battlefield3 BETA TIMES FOR PC IN AUS – Early Access Sept 27th at 10pm AEST and Public Launch Sept 29th at 10pm AEST #BF3Beta #BF3ANZ
@EA_Australia
EA Games Aus

So to  clarify, that’s 10pm Melourne time, Tuesday for origin/MoH owners and  two days latter for everyone else.
Battlefield 3 Related news will be first posted on the BF3 Section of our forums, which is right on over here

BF3 Beta Date Announced!

Yes, It’s been announced! It will begin on the 29th of September. You still have time to build your pc if you need to, but only barely!

Source: http://www.battlefield.com/battlefield3/1/beta

In Summary

27th September is closed beta opening (next tuesday)
29th September for Open Beta

The map will be Operation Metro, Rush mode.

To get the beta you’ll obviously need to use the Origin client to initiate the download. This is regardless of if you got the retail or online version.

The Stats for your ranks will be reset as expected after the beta.

There is a bug for one of the questions on their website.
I SEE THERE ARE SERVERS UP FOR A SECOND MAP ON PC. CAN I ACCESS AND PLAY THIS MAP?
The answer in the source code is:
No. THIS MAP IS ONLY FOR INTERNAL BACK-END TESTS.

 

Also, as an idea of how well the graphics engine will scale when asked for how many 580′s he will need:


The Nvidia 580 is the fastest single gpu card available as of posting.

We are recruiting!

We are recruiting for Battlefield 3! Sign up to the forums in the recruitment section.

Destruction 3.0

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A collection of excellent quality frags in Bad Company 2 by the UK EA Forums, well done!

The thread made for this clip is here, in the Movie/Videos section.

A minor note, is that Certification has completed for the console versions of the beta. It’s time to be excited, Battlefield 3 Beta is nearly ready!

BF3: 17th September

The State frag video

I can’t begin this post without including a Fantastic Frag video for a game that isn’t even out yet – Check out “The State” by Porter Robinson

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It’s certainly set the bar high very early on for the quality of and synching of footage.

Competitive review

Like to see what overseas are thinking about competitive play? This interview with Clan 20ID member “Daskro” sums it up:

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Its 17 Minutes but a good listen, and overall he is looking forward to seeing the older teams come back out of the cobwebs to play again. Sounds good!

Expanded trailer

Although I won’t show it on the front page here, there was a slightly expanded Guillotine Gameplay Trailer shown – although it was for the Xbox 360. It added a few interior scenes where someone knocks you over from behind a door, triggered by a quicktime scene involving a shotgun.

Battlefield 3 Thread

The Battlefield 3 Thread in the forums is still frequently updated here. If you’re too lazy to browse all the news sites yourself to stay on top of things, That should help you.

High quality screenshots

In other news, some new renders and game imagery have come up, with some being from a magazine (with thanks to battlefieldo for finding this)

As if that wasn’t enough, there is a whole collection of screenshots. Initially shown by Battlefieldo with watermarks, eventually Shacknews also put them up, watermark free. Your desktop will love you as you check out these. The one with the tank to the right, and the explosion in the middle is my favorite.

Beta Delay

Lastly, the reason for the Battlefield 3 Open Beta delay. Sadly, it appears it has been ready since early last week, with the hold up being due to waiting for certification by the console versions.

[Translated] Regarding the beta on PC, it is ready, but many require a beta preparations, DICE is working to accelerate these preparations with Microsoft and Sony. Once these are completed, the beta will begin.

Source – Gamespy

Although it’s a bit disappointing, I think we can all hang in there for an approx extra week.

Dubstep, now with guns

While waiting for the next part of the Operation Gulliotine trailer for battlefield 3 to come out, lets have a laugh:

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It’s a creative interpretation of dubstep, with a crew of people called in to WHOMP WHOMPPPPP their way through some bad guys.

More fun videos are available in the Movies/Videos section of our forums

BF3: 13th September

First up, we are recruiting for players for Battlefield 3! We are after all kinds of players, competitive and casual alike If this sounds like your cup of tea then pop into our forums above and make a post in the recruitment section to get the ball rolling.

With no real new footage today, I will put the spotlight on a fan montage done on the weekend called Sub reality created by youtube user the wowcreator.

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In terms of the leaked console footage posted yesterday, it’s important to note its a pretty rough build graphically, so we will still be waiting for that ever elusive beta like everyone else. There were a lot of complaints on twitter about it, so wanted to point that out.

 

Lastly, I’d like to point out this amazing speed painting done by TheConceptPainter on youtube:

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According to the comments, The image took only a bit under 3 hours to draw! The music helps it along too, with the official Battlefield 3 theme playing in the background.

Also..

Now Recruiting

Like to join the clan?


Register on the forums (it only takes a moment), and post in the Recruitment section. Having mumble in order to talk to us helps too!


Our Platoon page on battlelog is here


It won't take long before you'll be fragging away with us!

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