Battlefield 3 will be launched in a multiplayer beta before the official release of the game. At the moment, access to the beta is only limited to owners of Medal of Honor Limited Edition, which was released in 2010.
In Battlefield 3, players will work together closely to complete co-op level missions. As a product manger for the game, Tommy Rydling explains: “One mission can have you piloting a helicopter while your friend is the gunner, for example. Other situations have one player disarming a bomb and the other one defending him. Or you can do tandem kills to avoid detection. There are also other mechanics requiring teamwork, such as spotting enemies to make large firefights easier, or the essential concept of reviving one another to avoid ending up at the game over screen.”
Rydling has also confirmed the following information regarding Battlefield 3:
– Players in co-op will take the role of soldiers that are not tied to any one particular branch of the Armed Forces.
– After clearing a co-op mission with your friend, your total combined score will be displayed via Battlelog - Missions are designed to be shorter than single player missions, so you can easily do multiple rounds to try and beat your friends’ high score.
– Difficulty is ‘high’. - Co-op missions contain randomized elements to keep every play through fresh. - There are a number of weapons that you can unlock in co-op for use in regular multiplayer modes.
– Unlocks are based on your combined scores accumulated throughout the co-op campaign.
The Battlefield 3 beta will take place in this month, and will be available on the following gaming platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
The completed Battlefield 3 will be released October 25, 2011.