Battlefield 3 to get new "Matches" feature

Battlefield 3 was released in October 2011 but the development team at Digital Illusions are still working on bringing new content to the modern military shooter. The team already has plans to release a number of downloadable content packs. This week, DICE revealed plans to offer serious multiplayer gamers a chance to add some more customized feature.

The upcoming addition, as explained in the official Battlefield blog, is called simply Matches. To use the feature, players must rent one of Battlefield 3's dedicated server. The blog states:

Once a dedicated server has been selected the Match host can set the Match name, start time, game mode, team size, and map rotations. After these preliminary decisions have been made, game settings are determined for the Match. Matches are completely customizable; an extensive list of settings including friendly fire, 3D spotting, squad-leader spawning, kill cam, health regeneration, a list of weapon unlocks that will be made available to players, and more can be set to exact specifications.

After that happens, players on the server can then split up into their preferred teams and start playing in the custom online game. They can also choose to start in a warm up period, where no points or kills are officially counted, before the match begins. There's no word on when the new Matches feature will be added to Battlefield 3.

Source: Official Battlefield blog | Image via EA

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It is absolutely a team effort. I am a member of the [GF] clan in BF3. We have had scrims with other clans and have maps drawn out with short names for places in the map. We as a team get on Teamspeak and coordinate our efforts with these place names to win the match. We know where our teammates are and what each are doing. This takes practice and with that comes skill. If you are up against a team that better executes their team effort than your team, you will die a lot and lose.

Crisps said,
Competition Gaming and Battlefield 3 don't go together. The game takes no skill as it is.

And Call of Duty does? There are plenty of competitive leagues for that. Battlefield requires about 800% more skill than any COD games does.

Ceph Bo said,

And Call of Duty does? There are plenty of competitive leagues for that. Battlefield requires about 800% more skill than any COD games does.

- Client side hit detection (results in instant deaths ~ 100% to 0% health from guns which don't kill in one hit).
- Super magnified scopes for guns which rewards a head shot if you spay from the hip because of the enlarged hit boxes the scopes come with.
- Endless lock on weapons.
- Vehicles which take no skill to master.
... just to name a few.

And what about Call of Duty? This article has nothing to do with it.

Crisps said,

- Client side hit detection (results in instant deaths ~ 100% to 0% health from guns which don't kill in one hit).
- Super magnified scopes for guns which rewards a head shot if you spay from the hip because of the enlarged hit boxes the scopes come with.
- Endless lock on weapons.
- Vehicles which take no skill to master.
... just to name a few.

And what about Call of Duty? This article has nothing to do with it.


It was an example.
While Battlefield 3, in your opinion, may not include skill, you must at least agree that to win a game in Battlefield 3 you need to have skills when it comes to team work. This clearly shows in competitive matches, and if you ever had played one, I'm absolutely sure you would agree.

And you say the vehicles takes no skill to master? Really? The jets and helis are quite hard to control, unless you're in them all the time. Also, a headshot only gives you a score of 10. Plus, that doesn't matter at all in competitive matches, as it's only a win that counts.

Was about time they did something to make competitive gaming better on Battlefield. Looking forward to this going live. It'll be a lot easier for us to set up competitive WGL matches in the future with this.