Battlefield 3 PC open beta to add 64 player map this weekend

PC gamers who are currently enjoying the open beta test for the upcoming first person shooter Battlefield 3 will soon see that open beta conclude on October 10. But before the beta test ends, the game's developer Digital Illusions has announced that starting today, those players will also be able to check out a second map; the massive 64-player level titled Caspian Border. Eurogamer reports that according to the game's community manager Ian Tornay, this second map is being opened up in order to test the game's online server performance.

He added, "As such, users may experience crashes, network instability and outages as we roll out and configure servers and network utilities. Understand that such potential issues and the testing environment are not reflective or indicative of the final product and that, through your participation, you will be helping to ensure future stability and functionality." The Caspian Border map is not in the client file for the PS3 or Xbox 360 versions, which is why those platforms won't be able to check out the larger map.

The full version of Battlefield 3 is currently set for release for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles on October 25. The PC version is available to pre-order and download from a number of download sites, except for Steam which is the single largest PC download game store. Recent rumors have suggested that the game's publisher Electronic Arts and Steam's owner Valve are trying to work out a deal that would allow Battlefield 3 to be sold on Steam.

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If you play now Caspian, you'll realise that they've already fixed a lot of glitches. Certainly, perfect ain't gonna be at the release day, but absolutely playable, it will be for sure.

Now about Steam... I couldn't care less if it will be or not.

The mobile anti-air... IS REALLY DEADLY ( missiles + gun ). We gonna have a lot of victims from it.

Edited by PC EliTiST, Oct 8 2011, 10:11pm :

They are talking to Valve again... but I will wait till 3 months or more before I get it after final release cause it won't be done yet. No way in hell can they fix all that is needed to be fixed or adjust things that make Battlefield the way it should be in 2 weeks - that gives them only a week if that to process disks and put onto retail depts hands....yep no way. It's like purchasing a car from a dealership and have the dealer work on it for 3 months before you can even drive it right.

sava700 said,
They are talking to Valve again... but I will wait till 3 months or more before I get it after final release cause it won't be done yet. No way in hell can they fix all that is needed to be fixed or adjust things that make Battlefield the way it should be in 2 weeks - that gives them only a week if that to process disks and put onto retail depts hands....yep no way. It's like purchasing a car from a dealership and have the dealer work on it for 3 months before you can even drive it right.

you dont read do you? the beta is a build from the beginning of August. It will be more than two months of fixes when the retail version appears. most of the bugs in metro have already been fixed. stop being a pansy.

IDLE19 said,

you dont read do you? the beta is a build from the beginning of August. It will be more than two months of fixes when the retail version appears. most of the bugs in metro have already been fixed. stop being a pansy.


Agreed lol. Some people just don't get it.

They've already announced that the build being used in the Open Beta is NOT indicative of the current quality of the builds being tested internally. The Open Beta build had to be forked off a couple of months ago so they could ensure it, and the server code were stable enough for such a mass scale test.

Also, have you not heard of day 0 or day 1 patches? Having time to put the code onto discs is irrelevant. They can be putting in fixes right the way up to release day.

ManMountain said,
I've been enjoying Metro, but Caspian is an absolute lag fest. All the servers I've tried have been awful.

Really? Ive found it smooth as silk on both maps, but my pc meets the recc specs, dunno if thats the underlying issue for you buddy.

Non-Active-Account said,
I'm holding out until the last day to pre-order for the possibility of having it on steam.

If it's released on Steam then I will be sat here looking at pigs flying past my window.