We told you earlier this week that a big update is on the way for the PC version of Battlefield 3, and now we can confirm that EA DICE are just about ready to go live with the patch. We have the full list of patch notes for those of you who are interested in finding out what has been fixed or added to the game.
Let’s get the important information out of the way, as if you are playing the game now, you should be prepared for a few hours of downtime while the update process is underway. DICE has confirmed via Battlelog, that the update for PC players will be going live on November 22nd at 7:00 AM UTC, or on Nov. 21st 11:00 PM PST. Just to point out, that is 2AM Eastern Time and 7AM UK time, 8am for most of you in other areas of Europe.
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At the moment the update goes live, there will be two hours of downtime where you will not be able to play Battlefield 3 on PC, so that’s 11PM – 1AM Pacific Time. Battlelog should still be up though, so it may be a good time to take a break and have a read and the full list of changes being made, as there’s a lot to say the least.
DICE has split their update into several different categories: These are client side changes, server side changes, detailed squad improvements and a couple of enhancements to the Battlelog service as well. DICE specifically highlights a ‘A large number of damage and range tweaks’ in the update, as well as the addition of grenades now dropping to the ground if you are killed whilst holding one.
The game has also been tweaked so that players cannot damage friendly vehicles when sitting in an open position, and also a whole host of crashing, glitching and bug fixes too which you can imagine. You’ll be pleased to know that DICE also highlights an overall improvement in loading time and general performance of the game, which is always nice to hear.
We’re looking forward to trying out the new Battlelog updates, as one key change includes added interaction with Google+, Facebook and Twitter, allowing players to post their stats so that friends can check out how you’re doing. You can also check out your friends Battlelog stats profile even when you are not signed into Battlelog yourself. Still no word on the highly anticipated Battlelog iOS / Android app, but we’ll be sure to let you know when that drops.
There’s a lot of information to digest, so make sure you read everything in full detail at the Battlefield Blog here. Let us know your thoughts on the changes and what aspect of it you are most pleased about. Is there anything which you feel they have missed off the list? Don’t forget to check out the new Back to Karkand gameplay footage here.