Prepare for Battlefield 3 Open Beta, Players to battle on Operation Metro Map till October 10th

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Sep 28, 2011
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DICE has confirmed the release of its Open Beta for this year’s most anticipated FPS title “Battlefield 3”. The Beta is already available to users who Pre-Ordered Battlefield 3 on Origin or Medal of Honor: Limited Edition. Access to the Open Beta will begin on 29th September (According to the timer here) for PC/PS3/Xbox 360.

The Open Beta would feature only one playable map “Operation Metro” (The same map was featured in the Alpha Version of Battlefield 3) and Rush Mode Gameplay. The map will feature 4 fully unlocked Areas, 32 Players can play on the PC version and DICE explains why the chose to use the same map once again in the Beta:

Stepping a bit further into development and closer to launch” he said, “this is a very good way for us to try out all the bits and pieces we have added in and changed since the Alpha.”

“The Alpha was very important from a server side of view. Now we´re in Beta. Not only does the server side need to be tested but also the complete game client.”

“What this means is that we pick one map:

“Metro: We have already showed this map and made some big changes to it to enhance gameplay as well as get it more fluent than in the Alpha.

“Lots of new things have been added in closer to launch. Our rank progression system as well as customizations have made their way into the beta and it´s very important for us to test these things before we launch.

“That is the purpose of the Beta as well as combining it with Battlelog and all of the features there.

“If you feel that this isn´t the right map for you, then perhaps we don´t really agree on what maps we want to see. Other than that, I do hope people will have a great time playing it and will enjoy the Beta” Source

To participate in the Open Beta, You need to download EA’s Origin Software from here. Make an Account and Search the Free PC Games section after the Beta is unlocked. The PC Version of Beta is 3.9 GB in size and speed issues would be problem since the servers would be overloaded with tons of users downloading the game. Beta will only be Playable till 10th October 2011.

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FAQ:

  • Where do I get the beta?
    On PC, it will automatically appear in the Origin application’s Free Games page.Get Origin.
  • Are there any restrictions to play time in the beta?
    You can play as long as you want during the time of the beta i.e. 29th Sept to 10th October.
  • Will my stats carry over to the final game?
    NO!
  • Does the BETA represent the final game quality?
    NO!

Misc Info:

  • You will be able to use your beta solider in retail, but the stats will reset
  • There are no leveling caps in the beta, and most items should be unlockable. At around 100 hours per kitfor full unlocks, good luck!
  • PC graphics have been improved since alpha, but not all processing effects will be available for Beta.
Another great news for PC Gamers, Password to the most hyped map of Battlefield 3 “Caspian Border” has been revealed by DICE itself, The password is sexyelevator and you can try your luck logging in the server since its overloaded with tons of BF3 fans.

Also make sure that your PC is capable to run the game by checking the System Requirements below:

Minimum System Requirements
OS: WINDOWS VISTA (SERVICE PACK 2) 32-BIT
PROCESSOR: 2 GHZ DUAL CORE (CORE 2 DUO 2.4 GHZ OR ATHLON 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

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SERIES WITH NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GT OR HIGHER PERFORMANCE)
SOUND CARD: DIRECTX COMPATIBLE
KEYBOARD AND MOUSE
DVD ROM DRIVE

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

Nvidia and AMD have already released the latest Beta drivers for their Graphic Cards which will enhance the performance for Battlefield 3 Beta, You can download them from the links below. (Do check if your GPU is listed in the Support list before downloading):

Download Nvidia Geforce 285.38 BETA
Download AMD Catalyst 11.10 Preview Suite

 

Battlefield 3 Beta PS3/360 Comparison here.

Last of all, Check out this kickass Battlefield 3 TV Ad w/ ‘ 99 Problems’ By Jay-Z:

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