Just like a tender leg testing the water, Battlefield 3’s beta release will be dangling itself into the pit of criticism. DICE have already confirmed that they will be making literally “hundreds” of changes to the game so far.
So far, there has been no confirmation on the exact date of the beta release apart from “September”. The final game will be set for release towards the end of October, so that gives around a month for DICE to make any last minute adjustments.
Patrick Bach, game developer for Battlefield 3, has said that the feedback from the working tests will be shaping the release version of the game. “There were plenty of complaints, of course,” said Bach.
“There were some things we found out that we wanted to change based on the alpha; quite a lot, actually,” claimed Bach. “Everything from gun-balancing to the placement of the objectives on the Rush map; we actually moved them around based on [the fact] that the first base was quite hard to take. We are still moving things around on that map to utilise feedback from the alpha.”
With the game set for release next month and already looking like the closest thing you’ll get to reality, there is little doubt that Battlefield 3 will be receiving any friendly fire come launch day.