BF3 Back to Karkand may cause PS3 freezing problems

By Alan Ng - Dec 8, 2011

The new Back to Karkand DLC expansion pack for Battlefield 3 is undoubtedly a great deal of fun and offers players a wealth of new content to enjoy, but it looks like DICE may have one serious problem on their hands as there are frequent complaints coming in about PS3 system crashes after installing the new pack.

At the moment, there doesn’t appear to be any official word from DICE regarding the problem, but we can tell you it is definitely happening in the game, as it happened to us as well, particularly on Wake Island.

The problem at hand will see the game just freeze up at a random moment during gameplay, with no other alternative other than to give the PS3 system a hard reset. This was not happening before the Back to Karkand pack went live, leading us to believe that this is a new bug specifically attached to the DLC. We’ve heard from some of you that the freezing also occurs during the installation process as well, but that didn’t happen for us, just during in-game.

To give you an idea of some of the complaints coming in, here’s some feedback from our initial B2K problems thread that we set up the day the DLC went live.

John Ruiz – ”My system keeps on freezing when playing new maps. It has happened 10 times already.. I’ve only been able to play a full match of wake island and gulf of oman, the other 2 freeze within 1-3 min of playing time ”

Ben – ”I had to download it twice,cand on the third time it prompted to download it again, then froze and almost corrupted my PS3 hardrive. ”

Tyren Cooper – ”My download reaches about 10-20% and then it freezes, I left it for about 10 minutes and it didn’t change, I’ve noticed others have experienced this problem, upon restart my PS3 said it had corrupted software on it, what is the solution?”

Mathias Eriksson – ”I have never had any problems with BF3 on my PS3. But after installing Back to Karkand, BF3 freezes about 5-10 minutes in a game.Whats up with that? Anyone else have this problem? I have tried re-installing BF3 and Karkand pack but no luck!”

PJ Cancelliere – ‘‘So I have never had any issues with BF3 multiplayer but I downloaded the new patch and got Back to Karkland and now half the time I play I spawn without any equipment, and if I finish the game like that it freezes.”

As you can see, there also seems to be reports of PS3 systems handing out ‘corrupted messages’ after a Back to Karkand gameplay session has froze, which is particularly worrying. Again, we haven’t seen this happen to us but it looks like it is affecting a few of you.

Have you been having any crash related problems on PS3 after playing on the Back to Karkand maps? If so, does it happen on just one map in particularly or any of the new four maps? We’ll be reaching out to DICE for comment, and we’ll let you know what they say.

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