Battlefield 3 is DICE's deepest shooter, offering incentives to play for years

DICE has unveiled their plan for Battlefield 3 post-release; ensuring the game feels fresh even years after release. Their goal has been detailed on the Battlefield Blog, with Valerian Noghin and Fredrik Thylander acting as Persistence Designers for the company. Their goal is to ensure the game is persistently appealing online, and the blog divulges some of their plans. More information, as well as images of some of the new medals, can be found on the Battlefield Blog post.

Medals, Badges, and Ribbons

Like in previous titles, players will be rewarded with Medals, Badges and Ribbons for their work on the battlefield. These are roughly similar to challenges in the Call of Duty series, offering additional XP for earning them. Exemplary skill online will be rewarded, with badges for capturing a certain number of bases in a single round as well as other features.

Importantly, these rewards will not reduce the importance of winning the battle. At the end of the day, DICE acknowledges that players must actively partake in fighting in order to be well rewarded for everything they do. Team-players will also be rewarded for their conduct. If they can consistently provide first aid to injured comrades, or are able to continually maintain vehicles for their team, they will also be rewarded.

Medals are harder to attain than ribbons, and are generally used to draw attention to landmarks in a player’s career. For example, there is a medal for playing for a certain number of hours as both an American soldier, and as a Russian soldier.

Service Stars

If you are a passionate fan of the game, you may want to try and track down some Service Stars. These are considered to be more challenging, and are for the hardcore fans of the franchise mainly. Stars are given out for attaining multiple ribbons or badges in the course of online play.

Service Stars can be added to weapon skill badges, vehicle skill, kit, and overall rank. These additions mean that players will always have something more to aim for. The final step for players who are focusing on getting every single Service Star is to have the Rank of Colonel, with 100 Service Stars in every regard.

According to Noghin and Thylander, the game’s philosophy is to reward you for doing what you love to do. If you use one gun regularly you will unlock more for that gun. If you use one kit more regularly than the others you will unlock more for it. All XP earned will move players towards their next rank, where they will unlock more content to play with.

Tailored Kits

One mantra used throughout game development was that anyone should be able to ‘play their way’. This means that they can tweak kits down to the smaller details in order to get the ultimate kit for their individual playstyle. All four kits start out with everything you need to be an efficient soldier in the field, but the game acknowledges you can be much more efficient when you’re able to do what you want to do with those kits.

An example of this stems directly from the Assault Kit. In Battlefield 3, the Assault class acts as a Medic rather than as the ammo supplier (in Bad Company 2 the Assault class provided ammo, while the Support class acted as a Medic). Players can go back to the previous mantra by changing their kit out slightly, and choosing the 40mm Grenade Launcher in place of their medical tools.

Tactical Unlocks

Battlefield 3 offers ‘tactical unlocks’, meaning that for everything a player does they need to consider their approach. Depending on the map a player is expected to choose their loadout in order to enter combat. For example, the heavy barrel for the assault rifle will increase accuracy at the cost of more recoil when firing full-auto.

With the Engineer, players must choose whether to bring an anti-tank or anti-air rocket launcher with them. Choices like this are the new driving force for players who intend to progress tactically.

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I'm very excited to get my hands onto another Battlefield game as there are sure to be great gameplay advancements... but in all honesty from what I've read here the award system isn't so much different from BC2.
Tweaking your loadout sounds a bit more promising... let's hope for the bets ^^

nice graphics, but gameplay - looks like no significant difference from bc2, which was quite tedious...

hope at least they'll make 256x256 maps for multiplayer.

anyway, waiting more for mirror's edge 2

What battlefield 3 needs to keep on going is far more weapons than BC2. I mean, we shouldn't stop leveling at level 50. Ranking should be a massive task, I still find it hard to believe people we're level 50 even after a few months after BC2 was released.

I'm at level 37, and while leveling is good, I don't get anything from it any more, I've unlocked, everything.

I was in the closed Alpha a week ago, and let me tell you...I just don't see this keeping interest for years. Yes, the graphics are much better than COD or the other games out there, and the game-play is better, but nothing much has changed in the way of new vs old players, i.e, as soon as you jump in a game you're gonna get pwned all over the place by people already in.

As an Example, when I first signed in to the alpha servers, I joined one and immediately got pwned left and right by guys who had assault rifles with scopes, heavy barrels, grips, etc...and all I had was iron sights. Couldn't even see guys before I would get shot. Eventually I started getting kills but I think that there is going to be a huge disadvantage to new players, just like BFBC2 and other games, when new players join say, a year in, and other players have all the unlocks already.

I love BF tho, I've had BF3 preordered since the beginning of the year, so I can't wait either way, I just don't know if the attraction for others will be there "for years"

Why DICE WHY!?!? You don't need ranks and stats to make the game great and playable for years!! This killed game play and team work in BF2 but nooooo just bring it back to BF3. THey need to make sure anyone can run a server able to get these instead of requiring people to rent insane expensive server rentals per month from providers. I've got a box and a co-lo ready to go but if I can't run one that gives all these things out its a waste of my time.

I just can't get excited for a game that has like a billion other types of the exact same thing already out. I'm tired of war shooters. Modern, WW2, whatever. They just don't interest me anymore.

Yeah I'm sure DICE would like to support the game post-release, but considering how EA is, I'm guessing we will see a new BF game not long after, fragmenting the community even more.

Maybe it's time to change the naming to something like: BF 2012, BF 2013 etc., like the FIFA games .

online pass, crappy console port, no dedicated server, no steam, the exclusive pre order DLC. Are they even trying to beat COD? i guess nope enough.

eilegz said,
online pass, crappy console port, no dedicated server, no steam, the exclusive pre order DLC. Are they even trying to beat COD? i guess nope enough.

last time i checked there is going to be dedicated servers and no steam is really a meh. Buy it at a retail store lazy or grab via another digital store.
Pretty sure DICE has also said that PC comes first, consoles get ported to later.

ensiform said,

last time i checked there is going to be dedicated servers and no steam is really a meh. Buy it at a retail store lazy or grab via another digital store.
Pretty sure DICE has also said that PC comes first, consoles get ported to later.


Yep cause they know - Consoles for family entertainment, PC for PRO gamers for pwning n00bs

eilegz said,
online pass, crappy console port, no dedicated server, no steam, the exclusive pre order DLC. Are they even trying to beat COD? i guess nope enough.

There is dedicated servers. And they stepped back with the exclusive pre-order DLC stuff. If you pre-order, you get it for free, after release, you can buy it.

Xilo said,
Sadly no Steam = no play.

Man you have no idea yet what you gonna miss. If you won't play Battlefield-3 you don't deserve to call yourself a gamer.