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Report – Battlefield 3 limits players to one profile per account

Saturday, 13 August 2011 14:33 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

DICE has confirmed via Twitter that those playing Battlefield 3 on PC will have their in-game solider name linked to their Origin accounts, which means that unlike previous installments of the series on PC, player won’t be able to create more than one profile or soldier.

According to a tweet by DICE’s Daniel Mastros: “Your name is linked to your origin persona,” which explains why even those who purchase the game from an outlet other than Origin, will still be required to use the service.

In other words, the player’s soldier name will be the same as their Origin profile, and in the alpha trial. players found there wasn’t an option to change their user name or create a new soldier other than by changing their Origin profile name. Origin only allowed one player per account.

In the past, PC players could start a new solider in the Battlefield games from scratch and choosing its name, unlike with the console versions, according to BF3blog.

At this point, there’s no word on whether this will remain EA’s final decision on player profiles or not, but Mastros has since tweeted DICE will clarify this information a bit more as the game gets closer to launch.

Thanks, D’toid.

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28 Comments

  1. Crab of Thunder

    OHMYFUCKINGOD. Oh wait the worlds still spinning.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. El_MUERkO

    I’m confused as to why anyone would want to have multiple soldiers… unless they’re Griefing or Cheating.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. JimFear-666

    when they reach 50 if they want to do it over that was a way to do it with bad company because there was no “prestige” mode.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    That was like with BC2.

    @2, because they want to start over. When you reach 50 level in BC2, you don’t have a sense of progression and you can’t restart it, like in COD.

    for example i bought Bad company 2 times to start over and both of them is 50 level now.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Stephany Nunneley

    So, what this means, is for example, if I want to spec myself out as a medic and play with one group of pals, and have another solider spec’d out for damage to play with another group of friends sometime, I am out of luck?

    #5 4 years ago
  6. OrbitMonkey

    Erm, this seems unnecessarily restrictive. If this was some mmorpg I’d understand, but some fps not allowing multiple loadouts? Wtf? Does this restriction apply to the consoles?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. M. K.

    `for example i bought Bad company 2 times to start over and both of them is 50 level now.`

    ehm… congrats?

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Stephany Nunneley

    @6 If they did this to an MMORPG no one would play it. The whole point of those is to have one of every class for every possible scenario. :p

    #8 4 years ago
  9. El_MUERkO

    No, you unlock items for a class by playing the class, and you’re not restricted to any class in any way.

    In fact you’d hurt yourself by not getting the ‘any class’ unlocks you get by going up in level.

    Multiple 50′s… the most pathetic e-penis waving I’ve ever heard of VERSUS stopping griefing … their can be only one winner!

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Stephany Nunneley

    @9 Awesome. Thanks for explaining that to me. I don’t play MP on COD or BF games, so thanks for the explanation, as I had no idea, really.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. The_Red

    While this may not be too big of a deal by itself, when combined with other restriction and stupid decisions around BF3, makes the PC version really unappealing. Seriously, EA is doing all the little things it can to hurt PC sales. None of them may be too major but still.

    Also @8, spot on comparison with MMORPG. Some may say MMOs are different but I’ll say that in most online PC games (MMO or not), most people REALLY want to have multiple characters.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. GrimRita

    I’ve already cancelled my pre-order. EA can shove Bad Company 3 up their arse

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Maximum Payne

    @2 Agree and I think this is good move for one only profile because now if you get caught for cheating you need to buy new game just like with Starcraft 2 !

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Talkar

    @12
    lol @ troll x)

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Tech-N9ne

    @4
    You really reached level 50 twice in BF:BC 2? I find that pretty amazing since I’m still level 41 after over 300 hours in.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Fin

    @15

    Psst…he was talking shit.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. OrbitMonkey

    @8 Oh… Showing my ignorance of the whole mmo scene there :)

    @9 Thanks for the explanation, that’s cleared things up. Multiple load outs, but 1 account.

    @13 Why would you need a new game? Wouldn’t it be easier to create a new account?

    #17 4 years ago
  18. endgame

    wtf r u ppl talking about!? why would u need to create a new soldier!? because u don’t have the sense of progression anymore? why would u need that? if u would actually play the game for fun u would not need it.

    @6 Steph u know u can respec on the fly in the middle of the game don’t u?

    #18 4 years ago
  19. darksied

    Yeah, lots of confusion, great. People, you’re not limited in which class you can choose. It’s not like, if you choose to play as an Assault, you can’t switch to the Recon on the fly at any time, it’s not like that. You can play anything you want any time, it’s just that apparently you can’t have 2 SEPARATE characters with separate names on the same account. I don’t see why you would want this. You have a LONG way to go to unlock all the stuff in the game, so why would you ever want to put another year into a brand new class? I can understand wanting to get that “brand new” feel by starting over from scratch in something like CoD, where it takes a handfull of hours/days to do that, but here? It will take many months to max the stuff; you really want to go through that again? I doubt it.

    Like someone else said, this will cut down on the griefers and cheaters, because their real Origin ID is tied to the game. If you cheat, everyone knows it and your name is now recorded somewhere. You can’t go and make a new one and hide, so play fair.

    @12 Thanks! The game is better off.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. LOLshock94

    reaching level 50 twice is fucking bullshit ive spent 5 days and im on level 34 reaching level 50 twice is just fucking your life up

    #20 4 years ago
  21. jacobvandy

    I’ve been riding the FU EA train lately as much as anybody, but I think with this tweet, people are really jumping to conclusions and sensationalizing it before we know all the details. It’s an odd response to that question, sure, but it doesn’t exactly say “you’re only allowed to have one soldier.” I mean, technically, your soldier name(s) were already linked to your EA profile, which is now one and the same as Origin. It didn’t mean you couldn’t make more than one. Let’s wait for the definitive answer (there will surely be one, thanks to overeager media coverage like this) before getting our panties in a bunch.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Erthazus

    @15, i reached 50 level my second time and stopped playing BC2 after the release of Crysis 2. After that i just played new games. I won’t return to BC2 probably because of BF3.

    It’s not that hard at all. If i would stop playing new games after Crysis 2, i could do a third time pretty easy.

    If Battlefield 3 will be a game that i want, i can do more than 2 times IF new games releases will not stop me ofc.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. OrbitMonkey

    I’m surprised people here doubt Erthazus. It’s not exactly uncommon a gamer to waste days, weeks, months etc, grinding through a game is it?

    How does reaching rank 50 in BFBC2, compare to reaching rank 50, prestige 15 in blops? That took me 14 days game time.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. GrimRita

    EA will probably charge for more soldiers.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. AT1LLA

    Why do you need more than 2 accounts 4?!
    Better its like this

    #25 4 years ago
  26. OrbitMonkey

    ^ People will want more than one account, because EA says they can’t *human nature*

    #26 4 years ago
  27. DSB

    @26 True, which is silly, since the system they had in place for BC2 was just crap. To change your name you literally had to start from scratch, and that’s really not helping anyone, especially with a levelling system that bad.

    Grinding through BC2 is terrible compared to pretty much any other reasonably modern shooter. You don’t have the random fun of TF2, and you don’t have the quick and dirty satisfaction of CoD. It’s just a long, very boring road, for some very unimaginative unlocks, including core class skills. It feels ancient to me, and it wasn’t even fun when the exact same system was employed in BF2. That was the one thing that was terrible about that game.

    The grind itself revolves around making sure you get special badges for one of the disciplines in the game, most commonly on a per-match basis, like medic’ing around, or sniping around or headshotting around, or just using one gun long enough to rack up kills for a “star”. It’s so backwards and idiotic, especially looking at other games that do little more than regularly tossing up a few numbers or weapons to keep you happy, without the need to obsess about fricken badges.

    On the plus side, it seems like DICE are actually aknowledging a lot of the things they got wrong with BC2, so there might be light at the end of the tunnel.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. B_O

    @25: Why do you need two accounts? Hmm. Well, if you live together with gaming wife or girlfriend, as I do, allowing one player per account rules out her leveling up her own character.

    #28 4 years ago

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    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]