Caspian Border opens up for BF3 PC owners ahead of closing beta

Friday, 7th October 2011 11:37 GMT By Johnny Cullen

DICE has confirmed it’s to re-open servers for Caspian Border for the PC version of the Battlefield 3 beta for this weekend ahead of the trial closing this weekend. The re-opening is so that, according to BF’s US community manager, DICE can be “stress testing our servers.” The 64-player map, which also has jets and vehicles – the whole shebang, previously opened up last week as part of a short trial on it. Caspian reopens later today.

BF3 releases on October 28 in Europe for PS3, 360 and PC.



  1. LOLshock94

    dice are dickheads for not releasing this on console

    #1 3 years ago
  2. BraveLittleCrumpet

    Half expected this from all the bad press the beta has been getting.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Colin Gallacher

    @1 Not really. Chances are that it wasn’t ready when they submitted the beta code to Microsoft or Sony and we know how long they take after something has been submitted..

    #3 3 years ago
  4. BraveLittleCrumpet

    Just to let you know the servers are now open but it’s crazy hard trying to get into a game.

    @3 If the beta code is over a month old as DICE said in a recent statement then surely that was enough time for MS and Sony to approve the code – then all DICE would have to do was flip the switch…

    #4 3 years ago
  5. LOLshock94

    @3 dice can clearly update the beta to add more maps but they clearly cant be arsed

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Colin Gallacher

    @5 Yes…but why would they? It’s a beta test to gather information and to squash bugs. They’re being nice by letting the customers try it before hand. They want you to buy the game, not blast through it all in the beta!

    And when you consider that the code for the beta is already over a month old, it would be more of a hassle than anything.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. LOLshock94

    @6 its hard to make your mind up about getting the game or not when all you can do is play 1 map which doesnt even feel like battlefield and buy adding 1 more map like caspian border will sure make the beta enjoyble but also show the game as it truely is and you have to face it that DICE are trying so hard to please any gamer who is used to playing run and gun games by releasing metro

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Colin Gallacher

    @4 Well if you look at it from DICE’s point of view. They’ve probably spent a fairly large amount of time getting the beta set up. And it will have all kinds of stats gathering features that the normal code won’t have. So if they were to pull resources off it to include more things in the beta it would risk the final product.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. GrimRita

    @2 I agree. I dont give a shit, I’ve already uninstalled the beta and wont be wasting my bandwith on this turd

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Gama_888

    when does the beta close??

    #10 3 years ago
  11. endgame

    on it right now. it’s incredible! :))

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Yoshi

    Is there a password on them again?

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Colin Gallacher

    @7 While true, the main point of this beta is to stress test the game, not to try and win people over. That’s what the released trailers are for :P

    @10 It finishes October 10th.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. GrimRita

    I think the headline should be changed to ‘Caspain Border released in damage limitation’

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Gama_888

    @11, i just came off it loving it aswell.

    although it has made me late for uni ;)

    #15 3 years ago
  16. NeoSquall

    @14 I think the headline should be changed to “We don’t give a shit about GrimRita”

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Maximum Payne

    I just played little bit on CB OMG I forgot that I played BF! Its Like oh yea there is vehicles in battlefield ?!
    Really stupid to include metro in Beta.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Tech-N9ne

    Is it just me or this game just does not feel right. I’m not talking bugs here. Player movement, your movement, the feel of guns, the feel while aiming, the feel while dropping ammo and health kit, reviving players. I just don’t feel it. I play the beta then I play BF:BC2, and BF:BC2 feels so much better, I even tried BC1 again and that too feels so much better than the beta. I dunno why they had to go screw those up, rather than improve on them. This game just feels like COD.

    I really really hope this is not gonna be representative of the final game.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. freedoms_stain

    You’re absolute dicks Dice. You originally put Caspian Border up on a weekend when I have no time to play games, you close it before I get the chance to play, then all week I play uncharted 2 because metro is crap, then AGAIN you put up Caspian during the weekend where I have no time to play games.


    #19 3 years ago
  20. GrimRita

    This should have been the return of Battlefield, instead it will go down as an epic fail. Too much turmoil and now comes the PR bullshit onslaught to try and limit their fuck ups.

    /too late

    #20 3 years ago
  21. viralshag

    I really think a lot of you guys are focusing too much on the beta. At the end of the day, regardless of when and how they announced it, it’s still a beta. It’s not a demo. It’s certainly not as bad as a lot of people are making it out to be. And from what we’ve heard Caspian Border is far more impressive.

    I think the only thing we have learnt from this process is a lot of people would make terrible game testers.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. thesamy

    i still dont understand why you feel like you cant play the game..
    i played the game 20+hours is now in caspian border i played nonstop for 2-3 hours and its very fun.
    GrimRita lol is not to late, caspian boarder got the a feel of a battlefield try it you wont regrat.
    (you know what i think you writing this word but you are tying the game as we speak but just dont want to admit it and if im worng then you want to play it becuse you comment a lot on the game news..).

    #22 3 years ago
  23. OrbitMonkey

    @21 Er no. This whole Beta was a marketing ploy, end of. Metro was used to convince CoD fanbois, that Dice can do run n gun focused maps. They can’t. Caspian border has been wheeled out to win back the faithful. It might.

    Your right in that Gamers are not games testers & gamers that spend lots of time within 1 particular genre get very picky. So NOT to expect this negative feedback from a buggy beta that you’ve released to everyone shows a lot of stupidity or arrogance.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. endgame

    @bf3haters u know u can just GTFO and play w/e else u idiots play in your free time. which probably r games like farmville, cod etc etc. I’m sick of u whine ass losers complaining about a game that is way too advanced for u to understand. also @Tech-N9ne player movement seems off to u? r u plain retarded!? ah don’t answer! that was retorical btw.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. OrbitMonkey

    ^ lol, yes your a prime example of the mature, intellectually superior BF player ;)

    #25 3 years ago
  26. viralshag

    @23, “Caspian border has been wheeled out to win back the faithful.”

    What the hell is this supposed to mean? It’s like people are annoyed they don’t have the full game at their fingertips in this beta. I’m sure the “faithful” are the ones enjoying the fact they got their hands on it early.

    And when people keep using the term “buggy beta” it kinda just says it all really. Previously, I have made some comments about it but to say that all the bugs(?) weigh so heavily that you’re no longer going to buy it, just strikes me as a little on the ridiculous side.

    Some say this will be the biggest flop… I have a feeling when the game releases the only thing we will see is the biggest U-turn in people’s opinions about the game.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Tech-N9ne

    @endgame or *Professor Battlefield

    No I aint retarded and yes player movement seems off, at least on my Xbox it is. I have put in over 400 hours into BF:BC 1 & 2 respectively and over 500 hours in BF2. I have played my share of Battlefield. And this is my opinion.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. DSB

    @26 To be fair, people said the exact same thing about BC2. “Oh it’s just the beta, it’ll be fine on release” and when it launched it carried the very same bugs and shortcomings.

    That being said, I haven’t had major problems with the BF3 beta, although developers should really be a lot more careful with what they put out. If anything is clear it’s that people will completely ignore the term beta.

    Hell I’ve even seen that sort of thing in closed betas.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. viralshag

    @28, I agree. I still don’t think it was the best idea to release this to the masses.

    But BC2 still turned out to be a pretty amazing game, in my opinion at least. I just think there has been enough said on “how bad the betemo is” and just wait and see what the end product is like.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. GrimRita

    @26 What it means is that Caspain Border *SHOULD* have been the beta and not Metro. Metro was in alpha testing and if DICE didnt get enough data from that, then hell knows.

    Besides, this is supposed to be Battlefield 3 and for some, using Metro made it feel more like Bad Company 3.

    Theres no doubt that the game will sell, but when CoD is released, just look at all the copies lined up as pre-owned at your nearest games store.

    Personally, the bugs during beta wasnt an issue. The issue was Origin and why the fuck it is needed?! You dont even launch the game from it. You cant join/adjust squads in game(PC version) but instead have to use a clunky shit browser.

    Others have highlighted and its true – a game that uses alot of RAM – the PC wont like ALT/TAB to switch from Battlelog to game and it has to be THE single biggest stupid idea after voting Labour.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. viralshag

    “THE single biggest stupid idea after voting Labour.” Lolz – Anti-Labour FTW!

    Well, I have to say I’m surprised Activision has jumped all over this opportunity like some sort of hungry animal.

    If I was a ruthless big shot marketing man, I would tell them Acti to release a perfectly running demo with the slogan:


    #31 3 years ago
  32. BraveLilCrumpet

    Just going a little off topic but will VG247 be setting up a “Platoon” for BF3 when it’s released?

    I like the idea of shooting people in the face on behalf of the website

    #32 3 years ago
  33. GrimRita

    I dont think Activision need to. DICE are on a PR exercise today – this place is littered with stories – they have even dragged out Mirrors Edge 2 just to deflect away from their poor offering being released soon.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. Sadismek

    Hmpf, I don’t get them. Why didn’t they release this on consoles too? My gaming platform is the PC and will always be (until Uncharted: Drake’s Deception launches :D), but gamers should have the same amount of maps on both consoles and PC. And I still don’t get why they decided to release Metro as their Beta map.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. OrbitMonkey

    ^ Activision are probably trying hard to come up with a smart arse comment for their trailer later… “This ain’t no beta… This is the real deal!!” Or something…

    Here’s a thought, maybe some of the peeps saying they don’t like the beta, don’t mean the glitches, but the actual gameplay…

    #35 3 years ago
  36. Sadismek

    @35 Yeah, that’s probably it. Although I think they should remove Metro, or improve it in the final game.

    I didn’t have many glitches in Beta, just the usual dead bodies which fly great distances, I’m kinda lucky that I’ve never fell in the map. As for the gameplay, it’s ok for me, but I really felt the lack of vehicles in Metro.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. viralshag

    @35, I don’t find the gameplay that much different to BC2, if anything I find it weightier and more realistic.

    And if that’s the case, people seem pretty caught up on the game if they don’t like it. I’m not a total fan of everything, the menus need some work and I don’t get why they went with the browser thing, but the actual gameplay when I’m in a match feels great to me.

    #37 3 years ago
  38. DSB

    If “more realistic” means more finely tuned recoil, lower dispersion and higher damage, then hell yeah. To me that’s just an instance of far sleeker design.

    To me it just feels faster, far more precise and overall less clunky. BC2 was an alright game, but it was slow and to me the controls and the weapon design was too sloppy to keep me interested. This time it seems like they’ve gone back to basics and looked at other competitive shooters to bring their gameplay up to par.

    I still haven’t tried Border, so I don’t know if the vehicles are as paradoxical as they were in BC2, but based on the core gameplay from Metro, I’d definitely buy this game right off the bat, if only EA could sort out their Steam issues.

    #38 3 years ago
  39. viralshag

    Let’s face it. Steam and EA will make up and be friends a week before release and sales will probably go through the roof when added with their pre-purchased Origin numbers.

    If this happened, I wouldn’t be surprised at all.

    #39 3 years ago
  40. DSB

    I think they’re both really interested in that, so it wouldn’t surprise me either. It would definitely be better for Steam if they did it sooner rather than later though. I’m sure a lot of people would cancel their preorders and jump ship.

    I don’t believe in the conspiracy theories that EA planned it like that though. If that were the case, they wouldn’t have bothered with all the attack press releases.

    I’m hoping!

    #40 3 years ago
  41. NeoSquall

    I’d like the idea of shooting some people of this site, on behalf of the site itself. In-game, of course.

    64 slot maps aren’t included in the console version, simple as that.

    #41 3 years ago
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    #42 3 years ago
  43. Fin

    Fuck off with you YT spam!

    #43 3 years ago

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