bf3: what really matters

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There are some features that are considered to be of high importance by many players of the Battlefield series; for any feature, however, there are those who see it as unimportant, and that could include the developers of Battlefield 3. This post contains a summary table that will be updated with specifications and details as we determine the status of these controversial features in the upcoming BF3 game. Information is subject to change as new sources of information become available.

The chart is split into three sections: gameplay, maps and vehicles, and technical. Sources are indicated in the chart and linked at the bottom of the page.

GAMEPLAY
Topic Included in BF3? (sources)
Single-player campaign? Yes (2,1)
Co-op campaign? Yes (2)
Ranks and unlocks? Yes (1)
Multiple classes? Four classes (1)
Commanders? No (7, 1)
Squads…? Yes (1)
…and squad leaders? Yes (8)
Custom-named squads? ??
Customizable character? Likely (1)
Kill-cam? Yes, server option (1)
Friendly fire? Yes, server option (4)
Prone stance? Yes (2,1)
Regenerative health? Yes (infantry+vehicles) (8)
Regenerative ammo? No for infantry
Yes for vehicles (8)
Pooled ammo? Yes (8)
Revives? Yes (8)
Dolphin diving? No (4)
Knives and dog tags? Yes (4)
Spotting enemies? Yes (4)
Tracers? Yes (4)
Commo rose? Yes (for PC – 8)
Bullet drop? Yes (4)
MAPS/VEHICLES
Topic Included in BF3? (sources)
Large, open maps? Likely (1)
Destructible environments? Yes (2,1,5)
Classic BF2 maps? Yes, four maps –
Strike at Karkand
Wake Island
Gulf of Oman
Sharqi Peninsula (3)
Jets? Yes (2)
Helicopters? Yes (2,1)
Naval vessels? RHIB only (8)
TECHNICAL
Topic Included in BF3? (sources)
Multiplayer limits? PC: 64 players (2)
Xbox 360/PS3: 24 players (8)
Mod tools? Unlikely… (1)
LAN support? No (8)
Battle recorder/theater? Likely (1)
WinXP support…? No (4)
…so what minimum specs? OS: Windows Vista (SP2) 32-bit
Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz/Athlon X2 2.7 GHz
Memory: 2 GB
HDD: 20 GB
GPU: ATI Radeon 3870/nVidia GeForce 8800 GT
Sound: DirectX Compatible (5)
…so what recommended specs? OS: Windows 7 x64
Processor: Quad-Core
Memory: 4 GB
HDD: 20 GB
GPU: ATI Radeon 6950/nVidia GeForce GTX 560
Sound: DirectX Compatible (5)
Voice-Over-IP (VOIP)? Yes for Battlelog party (8)
No in-game (8)

Sources:

  1. Game Informer article, Feb 2011
  2. Official Battlefield blog
  3. DICE developer forum post
  4. Official developer tweets
  5. Official Battlefield 3 website
  6. Amazon.com Battlefield 3 pre-order
  7. Official developer tweet
  8. General knowledge/Alpha/Beta/Other (tired of updating this)

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