EA Games and DICE Studios have challenged Activision’s Call of Duty juggernaut by making a long-awaited announcement: Battlefield 3 is coming, marking the first true sequel in the series since 2005’s Battlefield 2.
DICE’s next-generation game engine, dubbed “Frostbite 2,” is powering the new first-person-shooter, and the developer is promising cutting-edge visuals with “earth-shattering destruction” and remarkably realistic combat. Battlefield 3 of course includes multiplayer (with up to 64 players on PC), as well as a full single-player and co-op campaign. DICE says that plenty of fan-favorite features including jets and prone positioning will return in this new entry.
The new Battlefield 3 website describes the gameplay better than I can:
One moment you may be marching down a hilltop listening to the hypnotic sound of a firefight in the distance or admiring the way the light reflects off the smoke plumes of ground to air missiles rising from the city you’re about to engage. The next you’re on an urban street, surrounded, claustrophobic, fighting for your life and looking eight ways at once with all your senses on high alert, chilled at the knowledge that the building you’re hiding behind can be your best friend or your worst enemy.
EA has also released this teaser trailer for the game, which shows very little but should do a fine job of getting you excited for this Fall, when Battlefield 3 arrives for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.