'Battlefield 3' readies for autumn 2011 deployment

Following on from the success of
Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Electronic Arts is preparing to lauch the next step of its challenge to Activision's
Call of Duty franchise with the next entry to the
Battlefield series.

Bad Company 2 was a stepping stone for EA's development studio DICE, creating an online Battlefield experience with games consoles in mind.

Battlefield 3 will see the return of features lost during that initial transition - most notably, fighter jets and prone positioning - and, for those on PC, 32 vs 32 player matches.

The series is known for an emphasis on vehicular warfare alongside troop skirmishes, and the game's teaser trailer underlines such traditions with silhouettes of a tank, helicopter and jet plane accompanying that of an infantry soldier.

Another possibility is the reappearance of the Team Commander role. Battlefield 2 tasked one player with coordinating squad movements, ordering supplies, and calling in remote-controlled helicopters or air strikes.

Bad Company 2, which did away with the Commander, saw some of those abilities given to ordinary footsoldiers, while in the meantime PlayStation 3 game MAG took the Battlefield idea and ran with it, setting up 256-player battles and a variety of leadership positions.

Watch the Battlefield 3 teaser trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np2GUW8zJXQ.
The official website is http://www.battlefield3.com.

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