According to analysts from Cowen & Company, Battlefield 3 pre-orders are “roughly comparable” to those of Call of Duty: Black Ops, which was previously one of the most ore-ordered games in history. However, it is unknown how well Battlefield 3 stacks up against its main competitor, Modern Warfare 3. According to several industry sources, Modern Warfare 3 pre-orders have already eclipsed those of Back Ops, with three months left until release.
Cowen & Company also reports (via GamesIndsutry.biz) that they expect Battlefield 3 to sell 8 to 11 million units during its first year. Previous estimates from the same analyst have put Battlefield 3 sales at 10 million during its lifetime, with Modern Warfare 3 sales topping 20 million.
Battlefield 3 will feature 4 classes (or kits), much like previous Battlefield games. Developer DICE feels this is the sweet spot in terms of accessibility and gameplay. The classes/kits in Battlefiled 3 can therefore be expected to be virtually the same as they were in Bad Company 2. The classes in Battlefield 3 were fully revealed during E3 2011.
The Assault class carries a primary weapon consisting of an assault rifle — like the M4 and AK-47 — and is now merged with the medic class — the Assault class can now heal and revive teammates. It can also functionas a more offensive class with ability to swap out the revive kit for a grenade launcher.
The confirmed weapons for the Assault class so far are:
- M16A4 assault rifle for USMC, AEK-971 for Russian side.
- M9 sidearm for USMC, MP-443 for Russian.
- Grenade launcher or defibrillator kit.
The Support class returns to its role it had in Battlefield 2, with its main purpose to provide heavy fire from a Light Machine Gun (like an M249 SAW), and resupply teammates with ammunition. In Battlefield 3, the Support class is broadened with the ability top use lighter weapons and assault rifles like the M4, with several attachments, including a powerful flashlight which has the ability to blind enemies in dark places.
The confirmed weapons of the Assault class so far are:
- M249 SAW for USMC, PKM or RPK for Russian side.
- M9 sidearm for USMC, MP-443 for Russian.
- The ability to use lighter weapons with attachments like the M4 or AK-74U.
- Ammo pack to resupply teammates.
- Ability to mount LMGs on surfaces for greater accuracy.
The Engineer class in Battlefield 3 is very similar to the class in Bad Company 2: its primary role is to engage tanks and armored vehicles with an array of rocket launchers such as the RPG-7 and the AT4, or use anti tank mines. The primary weapon is a carbine rifle, with a variety of unlocks available, ranging from shotguns to sub machine guns.
- Main heavy weapon includes the AT4 for USMC and RPG-7 for Russian side
- Primary weapon is a carbine (like an M4 or AK-74U).
- Rocket launchers can be swapped with anti tank mines.
- Repair tool for repairing friendly vehicles.
- M9 sidearm for USMC, MP-443 for Russian.
The Recon class carries a sniper rifle for long range engagement, but for Battlefield 3, the Recon class has a more active role as well. The Recon also has the ability to call in artillery strikes (expected unlock). Furthermore, the Recon can equip C4 explosives to blow up enemy vehicles or map objectives.
- Semi automatic sniper rifle, MK11 for USMC, SVD for Russian side.
- Will have a wide variety of team-play oriented gadgets.
- C4 explosive pack.
- M9 sidearm for USMC, MP-443 for Russian.The assault rifles in Battlefield 3 are widely expected to include most of the weapons from previous Battlefield games, with few new additions. The main assault rifles in Battlefield 3 are
The M16A2 has been featured in all Battlefield games since Battlefield 2, where it was the default assault rifle for the Assault class on the USMC side. It has been confirmed that the rifle will return in Battlefield 3.
The HK 416 is expected to replace the US M4 and M16 as the main assault rifle for the US forces. The rifle is already being used throughout the world as a replacement for the M16/M4. The HK 416 appeared in Bad Company 1 and 2, and is expected to be included in Battlefield 3 as well.
The FN2000 was featured as an unlock in Battlefield 2, and is a Belgian-made assault rifle used in many nations in Europe. It’s expected to be one of the unlockable rifles in Battlefield 3.
The Steyr Aug is an Austrian-made assault rifle used around the world. I was featured in Bad Company 2 and Bad Company 2, it is rumored to be one of the main assault rifles in Battlefield 3, or at the least, an unlockable rifle.
The modern variety of the AK-47, the AEK-971 is the main rifle of the Russian army and was featured in both BF2, Bad Company 1 and 2. It is expected to be the main battle rifle of the opposing side in Battlefield 3 (Russian and/or Middle Eastern).
The G3 is a popular assault rifle first made by Heckler & Koch in 1959, and is still in use today around the world, especially in third world countries. The G3 is used in many different variations, and is known for its stopping power and accuracy. The G3 was previously featured in many Battlefield games, and will return in Battlefield 3.
SNIPER CLASS WEAPONS
The sniper rifles in Battlefield 3 will be comprised of real world rifles that are in service in various armies around the world.
The M24 is the main sniper rifle for the US Army and has been for almost 20 years. It has been featured in Battlefield 2, Bad Company 1 & 2, and is expected to be the main sniper rifle of the US side in Battlefield 3.
The Barret M95 is a large caliber sniper rifle used for long range and armor penetration. It was featured in many Battlefield games as an unlock, and will be included in Battlefield 3 as an unlockable sniper rifle as well.
Type 88 is a Chinese made semi automatic sniper rifle introduced in China in 1988, and has been used ever since. It appeared in the previous few Battlefield games, and is set to reappear in Battlefield 3.
Russian made bolt action rifle SV 88 — Snaiperskaya Vintovka Model 1998 — is the main marksman rifle for the Russian army. It was featured in Bad Company 1 and 2, and is expected to make its return in Battlefield 3.
The MK11 is based on the SR-25 assault rifle and provides great accuracy with the benefits of an assault rifle’s larger magazine and mobility. The MK11 is one of the brand new rifles in Battlefield 3, and makes its first appearance in the series.
The SVD Dragunov, or Snayperskaya Vintovka Dragunova, is a semi automatic Russian-made sniper rifle that was first introduced in 1963, and is still in use today all over the world. It was first featured in Battlefield 2, and later in Bad Company. The SVD will return as the standard sniper rifle of the Russian forces in Battlefield 3.
Battlefield 3 will feature many of the popular machine guns used in previous Battlefield games.
The M249 light machine gun, also called the SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon), has been the main light machine gun of the US Army since its introduction in 1984. It’s still the main light machine gun in the US army and will return in Battlefield 3.
The Russian made PKM was introduced in the 1960s and has been widely used around the world, and is still in service in the Russian army, among others. The PKM is widely expected to be the standard LMG of the Russian and/or Middle East forces in Battlefield 3.
Type 88 LMG
The Type 88 LMG, also known as the QJY 88, is a Chinese made general purpose machine gun introduced in 1988 and in use today. The Type 88 LMG has been in several Battlefield games, and is set to reappear in Battlefield 3.
The MG36 light machine gun is based on the popular and reliable G36 assault rifle, but it uses a heavy barrel for increased heat resistance and accuracy. It was featured in Bad Company 1 and 2 and is expected to return in Battlefield 3 as an unlock.
The PKP Pecheneg is a relatively new Russian light machine gun, and is a modernized version of the popular PKM machine gun. The Pecheneg uses many of the same components, including the same type of ammunition, but uses a new barrel that improves accuracy over the PKM. The Pecheneg was confirmed or Battlefield 3 in a gameplay trailer.
For the support classes in Battlefield 3, a variety of popular sub-machine guns (SMGs) and carbines will be available, and it’s expected to be based on popular guns in previous Battlefield games.
The German made UMP-45, short for “Universal Machine Pistol”, is a widely used sub-machine gun in the world, and is popular among police and anti-terror forces. It’s been a popular SMG in various Battlefield games and will return in Battlefield 3.
The AKS 74U, based on the AK-47 with a shorter barrel and lighter construction, is the main carbine for the Russian special forces. It was featured in BF2 and two Bad Company games, and will reappear in Battlefield 3 as the main carbine of the Russian/Middle East forces.
The FN SCAR-L is a silenced, fully automatic carbine rifle first introduced in the Special Forces expansion for Battlefield 2, and has since appeared in two bad Company games. The gun is expected to make a return in Battlefield 3 as an unlock.
The Israeli made, popular SMG is used around the world, both among law enforcement and criminals. It was introduced in 1950 and has been in use ever since. It has been featured as an unlock in several Battlefield games, a role it’s set to reprise in Battlefield 3.
The FN P90 was introduced in 1990 and is a popular submachine gun among special forces and anit-terrorism groups. It is used throughout the world in armies, pol
Battlefield 3 will naturally include plenty of close combat weapons, chief of which are shotguns.
The Remington 870 is the main shotgun used by the US forces. It was introduced back on 1950 and is still in use today, both by armies and by private owners as well. The shotgun has been featured as the main shotgun of the US forces in numerous Battlefield 3, and is set to reappear in Battlefield 3.
The Siaga 12 is a Russian-made semi automatic 12 gauge shotgun based on a modified AK-47 loading mechanism. It was first featured in Battlefield 3 and has since appeared in Bad Company 1 and 2. The Saiga 12 is expected to be back in Battlefield 3.
Italian-made SPAS-12 is a pump action combat shotgun used mainly by the US Army. It was featured as an unlock in the last few Battlefield games, and will reappear in Battlefield 3.
The USAS 12 is an Korean-made fully automatic shotgun which uses 12 or 20 round magazines. It was introduced in the 1980s for the South Korean army, and has since been adopted in several armies around the world. The USAS 12 is set to be back in Battlefield 3, most likely as an unlock.
Battlefield 3 is set to receive a wide array of pistols and sidearms in Battlefield 3. While its predecessor, Battlefield 2, had a limited selection of handguns, Battlefield 3 is expected to have a wide variety of guns, most of which are expected to be unlockable items. Here are the guns we expect in Battlefiled 3:
The Beretta M9 is a 9mm semi-automatic pistol that is the standard issued sidearm in the US Army. The gun was introduced in 1990 and has been featured in all modern-day Battlefiled games. It’s expected to be the main pistol of the US forces in Battlefield 3.
The Yarygin MP-443 Grach is a new Russian handgun introduced in 2003 and has since become the main sidearm of the Russian forces, including police departments. It’s a 9mm design that holds 10 or 18 bullets. It appeared in Bad Company 1 and 2 and is expected to be one of the unlockable pistols in Battlefield 3.
The Beretta Model 93R is a burst fire version of the M9. Using the same 9mm ammunition, it can fire 3 round bursts and has been in use since the 1970s. It was featured in Bad Company 2 and is likely to reappear in Battlefield 3 as an unlockable pistol.
The M1911 is the longest serving weapon in modern history, being in use for over 100 years since its introduction in 1911. It fires powerful .45 APC rounds and is one of the most popular handguns in the US military, despite not being a standard issued sidearm. The M1911 is expected to appear in Battlefield 3 as an unlock.
The DAO 12 is a South African-made semi automatic, drum fed 12-gauge shotgun which appeared in Battlefield 2 and is set to return in Battlefield 3, as part of the Back to Karkand DLC expansion.
ice and SWAT forces. The FN P90 was previously featured in Battlefield 3, and will return in Battlefield 3.
So far only 4 maps have been confirmed for Battlefield 3, each are remakes of popular BF2 maps which will be released for BF3 in a DLC called “Back to Karkand”. In addition, it has been confirmed that Battlefiled 3 will feature 3 different war theaters; Paris, New York and Tehran, although it is uncertain whether that applies to the singleplayer campaign, multiplayer, or both.
The confirmed maps are (not that the map concept art is just a representation of the visuals, and not necessarily renders of the map):
The first Battlefield 3 map to be showcased is Operation Metro, which was playable during E3 2011. The map features a Rush mode, and is set in Paris, where the battlegrounds range from parks, to city streets, to underground subways.
Gulf of Oman
Gulf of Oman will retain much of the same visual style as the Battlefield 2 version, and a very similar desert setting, with both urban areas and more wide-open spaces for tank and jet combat.
Strike at Karkand
Strike at Karkand was a dusty, grim map in Battlefield 2 with low visibility and almost no colors besides khaki. The Battlefield 3 version looks a lot more colorful and lifelike, which will be welcomed in the remake of a classic.
The tanks in Battlefield 3 will consist of the main battle tanks of each faction. Since factions are still unknown, we don’t know for sure how many different tanks there will be. What is certain, is that the US side will feature the M1 Abrams, while the Middle East or Russian side will feature the T-90.
The M1 Abrams has been the US main battle tank since 1980, and has been featured as the main tank for the US side in Battlefield 2, Bad Company 1 and 2. The M1 has been confirmed to make an appearance in Battlefield 3 as one of the main tanks in the game.
The T-90 is Russia’s main battle tank and has been since its official introduction in 1995. It is used across the world, from India to Saudi Arabia. The T-90 has been featured in Battlefield 2, Bad Company 1 and 2, and is expected to be the main battle tank of the Russian and/or Middle Eastern forces in Battlefield 3