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DICE Talks BF3 Beta Intentions, Future Of Bad Company

Some people have problems with the beta test for Battlefield 3. Developer DICE reminds us that it's a beta.

In speaking to the Guardian, game producer Patrick Liu addressed the team's goals for running the beta. Above all else, they wanted to make sure the game wouldn't "crash and burn" at launch, so they really needed to test the backend. Said Liu:

"Our primary intentions have been to test the backend. As we said at the beginning, we have six times the number of players we had with Bad Company 2, we have record high concurrent users compared to anything we've done before. And we know it works. In previous games, like Bad Company and 1943, we've had serious problems with the backend, it's just been overloaded – this time it hasn't been a problem."

And when Liu was asked if the purpose of the beta "has been entirely about testing the infrastructure," the producer replied- "Yeah, we just wanted to know it wouldn't crash and burn at launch." He said it was "horrible" with Battlefield 1943, which sold 10 times what they thought it would, and that resulted in the game being down for three or four days, "which is really bad." Well, they know BF3 is gonna sell, so...

Liu was also asked about Bad Company. Many gamers think DICE may have left it behind now that they're focusing on the core Battlefield name, but that isn't necessarily true. When asked if the team had put Bad Company to bed, Liu replied:

"Well, we haven't killed Bad Company! But we can only make so many games. Be patient – there might be something else coming up…"

Sure, we can be patient. With Battlefield 3 hitting in a few weeks, we're plenty satisfied with the available shooters. As for the beta, you should read the rest of Liu's comments, especially the ones concerning vehicles, and why there aren't any vehicles in the beta. Oh, and there won't be much of a tutorial for flight...it's mostly "trial and error," so get ready for that.

Related Game(s): Battlefield 3

Tags: battlefield 3, bf3, dice, battlefield 3 beta, bad company

10/7/2011 10:16:31 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (39 posts)

Hondo85
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 10:36:07 AM
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I don't know why people are complaining so much about the beta, the whole reason behind it is to fix uncover the problems and fix them before launch, I personally love this game so far, it is a more realistic approach than cod will ever take.

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Qubex
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 11:11:31 AM

Hondo, people generally think that a Beta shows a game in a near enough completed state so it is not an embarrassment.

Simply put, the Battlefield 3 beta for the PS3 is an embarrassment... I don't care about how they wanted to test the back-end... you simply DO NOT release a beta where you fall through the god damn map!!!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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wackazoa
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 11:54:03 AM

The hype on this thing has been amazing.... Everyone who was once looking for a halo killer is now looking for a call o duty killer.

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Stabs88
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 1:19:01 PM

@hondo

I think it looks pretty damn good for the PS3 and plays really decent for a beta! 2 weeks untill it comes out right? I think CoD has somethin to prove now

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Stabs88
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 5:15:10 PM

http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/119/1198976p1.html

Just thought id share my find ^_^

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___________
Saturday, October 08, 2011 @ 2:26:57 AM

people are complaining because it does not play like a beta.
it plays like a game that is still got at least a years worth of development left!
i have NEVER played a alpha this buggy!
let alone a beta!
hell, even when $ony did early closed testing for MAG like a full 6 months before release, even that ran better then this!
or KZ3 last december, that ran 1000 times better then this!
i tried to play caspian border today.
key word being tried.
could not get above bloody 5FPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
a enemy kills you.
you re spawn.
5 minutes later the message comes up saying who killed you.
WTF?
a little late, no?

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UK_MrSim_UK
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 11:12:45 AM
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First time of playing I was miffed, now I'm in love.

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Excelsior1
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 11:14:40 AM
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dice can try to spin this anyway they want but they dropped the ball. they had the entire gaming community salivating after10 months on the hype train. then they come out with an unimpressive beta that looks no where near as good as all the impressive footage we have been seeing.

i'm trying not let the beta set the tone but it is difficult to expect a huge upgrade in graphics in the little time available to them. i suspect this is close to what we are going to get. at least on the mp side. this beta does not look so great. i saw some texture mapping on the faces of the soldiers during the kill cam replay that almost reminded me of a ps2 game. so we have poor textures, blocky shadows, aliasing issues...not an impressive debut for frostbite 2.0.

then we get to the bugs and glitches. i know these will be fixed, but some of the bugs should have been caught by internal testing during the alpha stage. you only have to spend about 5 minutes with beta to end up falling through the map. that bug should have never made it to the beta stage.

listen let's get a few things straight, we know what betas are. gamers know there will be bugs and glthches. what they won't expect is a huge upgrade in graphics in the short time available. another thing when a beta shows up 1 month prior to release let's call it what it really is. yes it's there to test the backend of server demand but it's also there for promitional purposes. so it's really more like a mp demo. whatever you want to call it. it probably was a bad idea to to release this beta/demo in this condition. maybe the graphics will be a lot better in the final game, but they have a long way to go in a short amount of time. dice will lose a lot of credibility if the final game is not greatly improved in regards to graphics.

i completely agree with my fellow psxextreme member mr. QUBEX...this beta is an embarrassment. by the way qubex i noticed the floating bushes you mentioned earlier. kind of funny and sad at the same time.

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Qubex
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 11:51:38 AM

Exactly!!! Who the hell in DiCE even permitted this Beta version to go live... They need their heads read!!!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Highlightreel
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 4:41:36 PM

I'm actually really nervous about the mics and not being able to hear people. This is a HUGE issue that was also in BFBC 2!! How can they not have this fixed??? And in their blog, they brush over this point in their "10 Biggest Issues".

Stay Classy PSX...

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LegendaryWolfeh
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 7:42:53 PM

Implying that the multiplayer graphics are going to be as good as the singleplayer graphics. Also thinking the console versions are going to be the most technically sound are just laughable points. The game is a beta, it's going to have glitches and problems, that's the point. They can say it's just for the backend but it's not. People talk and inform them of a lot of stuff. Sure of course people assume that it's a beta and near finished they're going to put the most up to date stuff out but really they probably didn't, it's probably just the most stable build they're onto right now and they just wanted to make sure everything runs without overloading everything. The one thing I AM annoyed with, is how the pc version works. Playing the game by launching it through a browser? WTF are you serious?

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Hondo85
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 11:16:48 AM
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@ Qubex, you have a point, there are some pretty ridiculous glitches in the beta but I rather see them now than see them in the final game and have to wait for a massive download to patch everything up.

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FlyingKickPunch
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 11:31:09 AM

I'd bet my ding-dong there's still a day one patch.

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Stabs88
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 4:48:56 PM

no matter what game u get now adays there is ALWAYS a patch. Regardless of when u get it

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slugga_status
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 11:45:55 AM
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Sorry, not buying the spin job here. They made all of these statements about how BF is going to be this and that much better than MW3. Then they release the beta and dropped the ball.

I was waiting to see some nice not great graphics in a beta version of frostbite 2.0 and left unimpressed. The graphics in the beta didn't look much better than previous CoD titles to me.

Then the many bugs was just ridiculous. Me and my friends tried at the minimum 10 times to join a match together and couldn't do it or when the match began we'd be on different teams. I've fell through the map and got stuck within rocks multiple times. The weapons perform well and I like the recoil on them. Sound of the weapons was crisp enough as well..

I honestly hope that the final production is better than what we've seen in the beta. Because to be honest, nothing that I saw in the beta said "this is going to be better than CoD." I'm on the fence between the two right now but at this point I don't want either. I'll keep taking the wait and see approach

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wackazoa
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 11:58:09 AM
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Im thinking this'll not be a day one buy for alot of people now, and thats sad. While competition is always better than none, the game still needs to be quality. And honestly this game looks similar, the beta anyway, to World at War.

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BIGRED15
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 12:58:11 PM
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I'm sorry but u guys are acting like fools. Look up the meaning of a beta go play the beta, level up to about level 10 then get back to me. Beta does not nor has it EVER meant demo. The beta has its quirks but until u guys quit looking at a beta like a demo, u are gonna continue to sound bitter about the subject
The beta is an absolute BLAST when u get ur feet wet. As far as I'm concerned I could give a damn about graphics. The gameplay is probably the best out of any shooter I have ever played.

When they release this game on the 25 with 20% better graphics and no bugs I'm gonna laugh at everyone who got their underwear in a bunch all because of a backend beta

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Beamboom
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 1:04:34 PM

Hehe - you might as well give up, Big. I've tried pointing out the difference between beta and demo too, with very little success. We just have to realize that to the general public there are no difference.

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BIGRED15
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 4:43:35 PM

Lol beam I know u been barking up that tree for a while

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Stabs88
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 4:50:36 PM

I got your back on this too. I think the beta is great (for a beta) an plays pretty good. Im pumped for the release

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slugga_status
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 6:27:33 PM

I don't think people are acting like fools. I'm sure they understand what a Beta is. The point is you don't boast all year about how your game is going to be superior to the competition, then you drop a beta that isn't even up to par for a beta. Just compared it to other beta's that have been released, it just doesn't match up. I hope the final product isn't like this which I doubt. Yet the beta just was poor for people looking for the CoD killer.

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Beamboom
Saturday, October 08, 2011 @ 10:59:19 AM

But you do not know what they were testing, Slugga. From the sound of it in Bens quotes it looks like the sole purpose of this beta was to stress test the servers (something that make completely sense to me). Not the graphics, not the maps, not the balancing. The servers. Just that.
So by playing the beta you help them tweaking their servers.
In addition they will also find other bugs of course, and collect them. But this was *not* a demo of the graphics.

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Darwin1967
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 1:01:18 PM
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I have GOT to agree with the majority of posters. DICE should and does get an epic face-palm fail on the BETA. This was ONE map and ONE game mode for a game that has already been burned and packaged for distribution. It is stupifying to see the number of glitches and bugs found (and continually being found)for this one map. BF3, from the get go, has thrown the gauntlet down against MW3. If you intend to take on the #1 shooter, then you had better not only set the bar beyond CODs' reach, but you had best DELIVER and this BETA, while fun, placed the bar about 2' below ground. Absolutely NO reason for people to be falling through the map at this stage of the game. My other major complaint; If this truly was to test the backend of the server, it also should have been to test teams and the ability to squad up, which again, failed. Hopefully, these items will be fixed. I expect not only will we have a lengthy intall, but a rather HEFTY patch to boot. I just hope they can recover from this blunder and deliver a truly epic game.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 7:44:42 PM

"This was ONE map and ONE game mode for a game that has already been burned and packaged for distribution." That right there is you implying this is a demo, not a beta, so there you go. Mindset.

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DjEezzy
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 3:50:43 PM
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Haha... You guys are hilarious. I honestly think that if there were very few bugs and the graphics were better you all would still find something to gripe about. Your comments are the exact same for every post in regards to this game. They could say they are going to ship a totally different game and you all would still complain. Your negativity amazes me. There will always be someone who has a problem with something no matter how great it is and you my friends are those people. If it's that bad then don't play the beta. As a matter of fact, don't buy the game!!! Go play something else because if your upset with a beta meant to test the network on the back end then you won't be happy with the final product.

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Nas Is Like
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 4:05:56 PM
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I can't wait for Battlefield 3. I'm thoroughly enjoying the beta, so I know I will enjoy the retail version probably 3x as much.

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Lairfan
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 4:21:06 PM
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I'm guessing no one remembers the Crysis 2 beta uproar earlier this year, huh?

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BIGRED15
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 4:48:30 PM
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If u guys played the beta early on there were many bugs but for me it seems that they were fixed quite rapidly. I don't fall through the map anymore in fact the only bugs I've been having right now deal with hit sensitivity but that's about it. Like I said if almost all the beta bugs have been fixed already u guys are clearly overreacting

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Nas Is Like
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 5:01:00 PM

I still fall through the map lol. Just in certain areas though (like near plant site A, at the very beginning of the Rush mode).

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BIGRED15
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 6:17:48 PM

I think that's the one issue left with that glitch too however the last few times I went prone to arm or disarm it i didnt fall through. Probably because everytime I get capped when ever I get too close to alpha. People got that sh** on lockdown man. Then we get in the tunnels and I just slap em 5 across the face.
Man last night I got 7000 pts as assault 37k 14d the guy ahead of me got 51k and 11d. That's what happens when I get a group of players who play well as a team. I kan sit back play medic watch the points flow.

It also helps i got my m416 flash supressed with acog. Sometimes i go silencer for stealthier operations. That and the an94 were my fave weapons in bc2. So happy they returned 4 BF3

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PANICinc
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 5:23:25 PM
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The most annoying bug I encountered was spawning with the enemy squad! Happened 3 times in a row, shot a video and sent it to DICE. Server was offline for 20 minutes, came back up, and hasn't happened since! They really do listen! Now, if only I could tell where the hell I keep getting shot from...

Eh, I got RAGE, and soon Ratchet & Clank. Then Uncharted 3! The real game to be excited about this year! I'll play the BF3 campaign, but online competitive multiplayer has become stale and boring.

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BIGRED15
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 6:19:18 PM

Lol that's a pisser but u gotta admit that's effin hilarious.

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___________
Saturday, October 08, 2011 @ 2:30:17 AM
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i swear to god this is the WORST beta i have ever played!
no, scratch that this is the WORST piece of a game i have EVER played before the official release!
obviously bugs are expected in a beta, but not this many, and this bad!
when you try out 30+ servers all in your region, for 3 hours straight and cant get above 5FPS you know theres a problem!
the freaking alpha ran silky smooth for crying out loud!
how can a alpha work worse then a beta?
in that case, id hate to see how bad the retail code will be!
probably will end up setting my PC on fire......

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Killa Tequilla
Saturday, October 08, 2011 @ 8:22:26 AM

You got the game early or something? Am I missing something or... what? Or are you saying the BETA is the GAME?

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___________
Saturday, October 08, 2011 @ 10:51:21 AM

WTF?
i said if the beta is this much worse then the alpha, then i would hate to see the retail code.
as in if the alpha to beta code gets that much worse, id hate to see how much worse the beta to retail code is.
my god, do i have to spell everything out to you people?

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Killa Tequilla
Saturday, October 08, 2011 @ 2:18:23 PM

Excuse my lack of understandment in your comment.

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Nick Maim
Saturday, October 08, 2011 @ 2:49:52 AM
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I'm disappointed in the change of gameplay physics from bad co. 2. The running and gunning feels sticky, or gummy and notas fluid as badco 2, 1943 or Vietnam. There were times I almost threw the controller against the wall, and when you get that reaction, the game is just not fun.

And yeah, if voice chat is not working like in 1943, I, for the first time since bf 1942, will pass. I was hoping fora true Battlefield game, not a Cod me-too..

2ยข

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Highlightreel
Saturday, October 08, 2011 @ 9:20:29 AM
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Does no one care that you cannot hear anyone on your team/squad?? Just like in BFBC2. I know people talk less on the ps3 but to not even have the option??? Redonkulous!

Stay Classy PSX...

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Beamboom
Saturday, October 08, 2011 @ 11:00:08 AM

This was a beta test of the servers. Not the chat system. :)

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