Battlefield 3: First gameplay video, pre-order details

Wednesday, 23rd February 2011 14:12 GMT By Johnny Cullen

EA has released a video featuring the first gameplay footage of Battlefield 3. It’s posted below the break, along with some pre-order information.

As a pre-order incentive, EA and DICE are offering the digital expansion pack Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand at no extra charge. It’s a themed multiplayer expansion pack which includes four maps from Battlefield 2 re-imagined with Frostbite 2 physics, destruction and visuals.

Battlefield 2 weapons and vehicles, unique rewards, new Achievements, Trophies, and more are included. You can pre-order here.

In Battlefield 3, players step into the shoes of the US Marines and fight across locations such as Paris, Tehran and New York.

“We wanted to create the most immersive and emotionally powerful Battlefield game ever and we needed new technology to deliver on our vision,” said Patrick Bach, the game’s executive producer.

“Battlefield 3 preserves the franchise’s signature sandbox style and even brings back classic fan favorites like jets, going prone and 64-player multiplayer on PC.”

This is the first core entry in series since 2005′s Battlefield 2, although spin-offs Battlefield 2142, Battlefield 1943, both Bad Company titles and Battlefield Heroes were released in subsequent years.

Battlefield 3 releases this fall for PS3, 360 and PC, and dedicated servers have been confirmed.

The game will get its first formal reveal during an EA Partners event at GDC next week.



  1. StolenGlory


    Where is the video?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. LOLshock94


    #2 4 years ago
  3. Nozz

    L O A D I N G . . .

    #3 4 years ago
  4. excaliburps

    Youtube Link for you Mr. Cullen

    Enjoy! :)

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Dralen

    I’m pumped, I’m officially pumped for this game. THAT LOOKS AWESOME!

    #5 4 years ago
  6. DSB

    Alright, I take it back, that looks leagues better than Bad Company 2.

    I just hope they focus on where the original Battlefield always mattered, the gameplay.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Toastrules

    Watch it on the website

    Meanwhile, it looks like there is going to be a STORY MODE…?

    That’s a first for a ‘real’ battlefield game. I just hope they’re better at storytelling than in Bad Company 2, but I’m starting to get extremely hyped for this game. Especially love the sound effects they’re doing for the end title sequence in these BF3 trailers. Some people hate it, but I like em

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Nozz

    OMG those flashes of gameplay look fricken awesome! May have to splash out on a Gaming PC for this one!

    #8 4 years ago
  9. KillerDD

    Omfg, those few seconds were so worth it! I want it now!

    #9 4 years ago
  10. freedoms_stain

    I clicked the link to watch at

    Doesn’t show much, but it does look cool. The locations look way more detailed than BC2, which tbh looked a bit like some sort of plywood military training sim mockup for the most part (particularly online).

    Basically, I’m stoked.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. excaliburps


    Yep. There is an SP mode and Coop is confirmed to be in as well. :)

    #11 4 years ago
  12. StolenGlory

    Holy shit.

    That is awesome. Really, really fucking awesome.

    One serious contender for GOTY 2011 in my books.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. crooon


    #13 4 years ago
  14. excaliburps

    Holy shit balls! Cannot believe that is in-game!

    March 1 GDC reveal for BF3 can’t come soon enough!

    I’m guessing Kotick will be having all 25 of his CoD studios doing something/anything to combat this…Dedicated servers for CoD?! Nah…Too late methinks. :P

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Erthazus

    Those flashes of gameplay looks better then anything i saw in FPS games…

    I mean… 5 YEARS OF FUCKING DEVELOPMENT should do the trick. I’m pumped for the action.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Johnny Cullen

    That looks amazing. Seriously pumped for it now.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Lahanas

    Un – fucking – believable

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Heinekeno

    Just another realistic wanabe shooter…
    Master sergant of supreme sergant to the max, EXTREME!

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Erthazus

    Animations are GOLD.

    So thats why they grabbed it from EA Sports… I think animations will be TOP Notch.

    I can’t wait for this. It’s going to be so GOOD!

    #19 4 years ago
  20. CaptPierce


    Haha, yeah. I am a bit tired of them, but Battlefield games are always exciting.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. spiderLAW

    Doesnt look nearly as good as Killzone 3
    (trollin erthazus lol)

    #21 4 years ago
  22. excaliburps


    Normally that’s true, but this is FREAKIN’ Battlefield!

    The game that introduced level unlocks in FPS’ (BF2), balanced vehicles, vast maps and destruction…

    I’d say nope. Not just another shooter. It’s Battlefield!

    #22 4 years ago
  23. M2Kx

    Mh.. well, looks like a more shiny version of bad company 2. Not excited yet, I hope I will be :D

    #23 4 years ago
  24. StolenGlory


    Good fucking call.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Yoshi

    Seriously wtf is wrong with me, even after watching this I’m still quite sceptical and then I read all these comments about how everyone has changed their views to loving it :P

    #25 4 years ago
  26. StolenGlory

    Pre-ordered two versions of the LE SKU (360 & PC), one for me to play with my PC friends and one for me to play with my 360 buddies :)

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Erthazus

    @21, troll comment successfull.

    I want to see how it looks on 360 and PS3. It will be hillarious when multiplat developer delivers even on consoles space.

    but PC will be direct X11. I’m happy. Yay! :D

    #27 4 years ago
  28. LOLshock94

    was this gameplay taken from the campaign?

    looks like better version then medal of honour

    #28 4 years ago
  29. RickyWicky

    I feel inclined to be like “HOLY SHIT!” but that’s already been done a few times (more or less) so mine won’t really be necessary. But I am soooo looking forward to this.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. life28

    OH MY GOOOD, Amazing, most exciting game of year, and best looking too.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Dralen

    Shit. I just realised I got to get a new DirectX 11 card now. I just spent £300 on new CPU, Motherboard and RAM goddammit.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. mojo

    ridicoulusly amazing!

    #32 4 years ago
  33. StolenGlory


    Oh shit, me too!

    Ah fuck.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. excaliburps


    Thank you, sir. Fist day on the site…You guys really need a “reply” button. :)

    I might have to get this for both PS3 and PC! Fuck it! So amazing it’s like watching good lesbian porn!

    #34 4 years ago
  35. daytripper

    i’m sorry but even in that brief footage thats the best lighting i’ve seen in any video game, the backdrops looked real! and all that is destructable? sold…fucking sold.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. Moonwalker1982

    What could this be…PC or console footage? I think PC..but you can never be sure.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. daytripper

    @36 it has to be pc, i’m sure the console versions will be very good but the pc will be the best package. i hope this wipes the floor with call of duty in terms of reviews and sales. its a long time in development and even that brief footage you can tell its going to pay off.

    #37 4 years ago
  38. Maximum Payne

    One thing i want is strafe running in Battlefield.Also it look like how MoH should be made…

    #38 4 years ago
  39. DSB

    @excaliburps – Totally true about the levels, but they still haven’t figured out that people might want to advance by virtue of more than silly badges trying to tell them how to play.

    I’m pretty disappointed that I still have the same experience in BC2 that I had in BF2, “This is taking forever, why am I bothering with this crap?”. Unlocking stuff took so much of your time, and sadly it still does :P

    I’m totally fine with meritous XP, but timewasting by design should really be a thing of the past in modern games.

    #39 4 years ago
  40. spiderLAW


    Still thuroughly enjoyed BF2 and BC2 :)
    Ummmmm…. maybe i should wait to get a graphics card for this game instead of for Crysis2. I much rather play a new Battlefield than Crysis.
    all 3 of my machines have enough CPU and RAM horse power but only 1 has a good enough GFX card for the next year and thats my work machine :P

    #40 4 years ago
  41. Moonwalker1982

    @ 37

    But Dice did say awhile ago that BF3 would make it look like you were playing on next gen consoles, new next gen consoles. So that’s why ii’m doubting it :)

    #41 4 years ago
  42. Maximum Payne

    SpiderLAW Crysis 2 is going to have awesome graphic on PC even leeked beta which is medium and Dx9 looked better then any Shooter on market.

    #42 4 years ago
  43. daytripper

    isnt it nice everyone is in actual agreement over a awesome looking game?

    #43 4 years ago
  44. StolenGlory


    Indeed it is :)

    #44 4 years ago
  45. Maximum Payne

    ^^ Awesome(multiplatform) looking game is awesome looking game :)

    #45 4 years ago
  46. daytripper

    @45 ha ha yeah but you know what i mean ;-) it makes a nice change thats all

    #46 4 years ago
  47. Moonwalker1982

    I hope to god this is console footage, i really don’t think so. Damn, they should’ve put that on top of the video, like they did with the Crysis 2 Xbox 360 gameplay video.

    #47 4 years ago
  48. polygem

    i´m so pumped for this one. most wanted game this year. can´t freakin wait. bc2 is still an amazing game with minor flaws – for consoles it is the best mpfps this gen so far imo. i like cod (but i´m bored to death of it at the same time), reach is an outstanding mp game as well but bc2, the huge maps, the “spotting”, the classes, it´s just superb….they really have the chance to set the standard again for mp fps, this time on all platforms…i really believe they will. don´t need many other games when this one´s finally out i guess. i´m officially a stupid fanboy already…

    #48 4 years ago
  49. freedoms_stain

    Doubt this is console.

    Wouldn’t be surprised if they’re not finished porting yet.

    #49 4 years ago
  50. Grimrita

    Ok, move over the Afterbirth that is BC 2… If DICE stick to their word about 64 player maps, prone, blah blah blah, I am sold!

    #50 4 years ago
  51. PsychoPCG

    I believe the guy says “u piece of shit!” before punching …

    #51 4 years ago
  52. excaliburps


    Yeah. Good point. I do know they’re not going to be doing that BC2 unlocking thing. I mean we got to unlock everything at level 22 or something, right?

    Not ragging on BC2. As it is the best MP game for consoles in my opinion. Just one of the things it stumbled on.

    Also, I didn’t mind it as much because I was having so much fun in the game that the proverbial carrot was me honing my skillset. :)

    #52 4 years ago
  53. UuBuU

    Graphics look great, however it still looks very generic and mediocre to me. Just another consolized modern warfare FPS game for kids to run around in like headless chickens.

    I’ll wait for user reviews on this one. If it sucks for clan play or has ANY balancing issues like BC2 had, I won’t be purchasing.

    #53 4 years ago
  54. sickgamer

    that was great :) .. and kids can shut the fuck up ! they know who they are ;)

    #54 4 years ago
  55. DSB

    @52 Ah right, I went into BC2 after having been schooled in MW2 (basically two months of constantly dying to pretty much anyone, leading into a month of actually competing and pwning rookies myself) so the tempo felt significantly lowered as far as I was concerned.

    I put down the original BC2 as soon as everything was unlocked, it just didn’t have anything left for me. But I still pop into Vietnam every now and then.

    Saw a guy on a server yesterday calling himself PatGarret. That made me scratch my beard a bit.

    #55 4 years ago
  56. mojo

    no way this is console grafix.

    if it turns out it indeed is, i will respectfuly stfu and praise the king on my knees. but it wount.
    This is way out of reach what current gen consoles can do.

    #56 4 years ago
  57. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Looks very impressive for yet another war FPS. I’ll be keeping my eyes on it.

    #57 4 years ago
  58. NeoSquall


    #58 4 years ago
  59. mathare92

    I’ll take this over that CG stuff (I’m looking at you Final Fantasy and Dead Island) anyday.

    Bobby Kotick just shat his pants. :D

    #59 4 years ago
  60. asdfghjkl

    in persian, “Kesafat” means “Piece of Shit”.

    Tehran is true.

    #60 4 years ago
  61. Bf3Blogwebscom

    I was recently searching for Battlefield 3 Beta and found this. Check it out:

    #61 3 years ago
  62. freedoms_stain

    @61, and your username matching that link is just a happy coincidence I take it?

    #62 3 years ago

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