Report – Battlefield 3 limits players to one profile per account

Saturday, 13th 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.



  1. Crab of Thunder

    OHMYFUCKINGOD. Oh wait the worlds still spinning.

    #1 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
  12. GrimRita

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

    #12 3 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 3 years ago
  14. Talkar

    lol @ troll x)

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Tech-N9ne

    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 3 years ago
  16. Fin


    Psst…he was talking shit.

    #16 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
  24. GrimRita

    EA will probably charge for more soldiers.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. AT1LLA

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

    #25 3 years ago
  26. OrbitMonkey

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

    #26 3 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 3 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 3 years ago

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