Battlefield 3 is one of the biggest games to have come out last year. The FPS (first person shooter) is famous for its insanely large and chaotic 64 player battles along with team-based gameplay supported by the squad system. Ever since its release, the game has been getting continuous support from the developers of the game – DICE. DICE has now listed the official patch notes for the upcoming update of the game on the Battlefield 3 blog.

The patch will be changing around a bunch of things, including weapon balancing, weapon fixes, vehicle related tweaks and fixes, among many other changes. This patch seems to be one of the biggest patches to hit popular FPS in a long time. The patch is set to coincide with the release of the game’s upcoming DLC, Armored Kill.

Taking jabs at the comptetition

Getting a big update

The upcoming DLC for the game will be focusing mainly on vehicular combat on large sprawling maps. Back in July, developers from DICE talked about creating the biggest map the Battlefield series has ever seen. DICE Designer Inge Jøran Holberg said, “Reading a number of posts by these players in our forums, I personally agreed that even with maps like Operation Firestorm, Kharg Island and Caspian Border, Battlefield 3 lacked a couple of extra-large maps with huge distances and lots of capture points that they have experienced in some of the maps in earlier Battlefield titles to complete the range.”

Holberg elaborates the studio’s inspiration for the map. “Since Iran was a major area of operations in Battlefield 3, it felt natural to get inspiration from there as a first step in creating some maps in “Xpack 3”. Seeing the desert scenery from the real Bandar Desert area, I really got inspired, and immediately knew we could create something really exciting out of it.”

He goes on to state that Bandar Desert supports 64 players and jets. Everything has to be larger and build more on the vehicle gameplay on a grand scale. It also has to be scalable for the console versions of the game, which supports fewer players, without it compromising on the PC version’s 64 player support.

The map is also set to be huge. According to the post, ”In Conquest Large, Bandar Desert is stretching as far as 1,900 meters from U.S. to Russian deployment, not counting the airstrip at the very end of the ground forces combat area. This is even longer than Fushe Pass from Battlefield 2. Bandar Desert is about as wide as it is long at the middle flags – it measures 1,900 meters from the mountain base furthest from the sea all the way to the beach at the south edge of the map.”

Recently, DICE had buffed up the amount of servers for the console version of the game. According to a post on the Battlefield blog, DICE had increased the amount of servers available to console gamers. The blog states that the number of servers available to console gamers has now been quadrupled. This mostly means that players will be able to get into ranked matches on consoles considerably faster.

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