Battlefield 3 Patch Releases Today – It’s A Huge Fix



The eagerly awaited Battlefield 3 patch is due out today, and the file size has quite a lot to say about the number of fixes taking place. The download is a massive 758 MB for North American users and 767 MB in other regions, and with approximately three hours scheduled server maintenance taking place, you may not be able to get online in order to the patch the game anytime soon.

For a list of all the fixes in the latest patch, see below:

Battlefield 3 General fixes

  • Significant improvements to the Squad Join interface, full details in this earlier blog post
  • Removed FIND ME A SQUAD option
  • Allow players to join empty Squads alone, thus having 1/4 Squad members
  • Change order of options to LEAVE SQUAD, INV A FRIEND, SWITCH TEAM
  • Disable Privacy flag when 1 man Squad
  • Reset Privacy flag from Private to Public when Squad drops to 1 player
  • All occupied Squads will now show up colored blue on the Squad selection screen
  • Players who choose not to join Squads will also show up as Blue in the “Not in a Squad” line
  • Squads that are currently empty will display as white — if you wish to join an empty Squad, you can choose the first one marked with white text
  • Added round duration and ticket summary at end of round screen
  • Fixed sound for when climbing ladders
  • Fixed and issue with some weapons’ sounds in first person view
  • Fixed a swim sound loop error
  • You should no longer be able to damage a friendly vehicle when sitting in an open position
  • Grenades now drop to ground if you get killed while attempting to throw it
  • Spawn protection now should work in Conquest so you no longer should spawn too close to enemies
  • You should no longer spawn too close to enemies in TDM and SQDM
  • Fix for missing input restriction during intro movie, causing players to potentially fall and die while watching movie if moving controller (or having a controller with a bad stick zone)
  • Combat areas on Kharg Island in Rush mode tweaked in order to disallow defenders to access the carrier ship after first base is taken and being able to enter the AA gun
  • Fixed a problem with revived players not being able to get suppressed • Fixed a problem with the camera when being revived in co-op
  • Spotting VO now plays when spotting from MAV/EOD bot
  • Fixed several issues regarding the kill card, including showing wrong weapons used for the kill
  • Fixed that sometimes you would be stuck on a black screen when kicked from server
  • Fixed so when a team captures two flags at the same time, the UI does not show wrong owner of the flag
  • Fixed a problem where the capture progress bar was shown as friendly when the enemy was capturing
  • Fixed a problem with the bipod deploy sound
  • Fixed a problem that you could be spawned in with no weapons after being killed while using the EOD bot
  • Fixed problems with health bars not displaying health properly when using EOD bots
  • Fixed a problem with flickering name tags
  • Fixed a problem where you could damage friendly helicopters
  • Fixed a problem where you could get stuck in the co-op menu when attempting to join the session twice
  • You should now be able to spot explosives
  • You should no longer spawn in home base if your selected spawn point is disabled while waiting to spawn (e.g. if your teammate dies right before you are about to spawn)
  • Damage from bullets will now continue to cause damage even after the firing user is dead
  • Fixed several client crashes
  • Fixed a problem where players could get stuck in the join queue
  • Fixed the repair icon on the minimap
  • Fixed a problem with changing camera on certain vehicles
  • Fixed a problem with the grenade indicator when in guided missile mode
  • Fixed a problem where the machine could hard lock when joining a public coop game
  • Fixed a problem where the headset attached icon would not show up in the UI
  • Fixed a problem with the falling antenna on Caspian Border. It should now more instantly kill anyone in its falling path
  • Fixed a problem where tank turrets would turn too slow
  • Fixed a bug on co-op mission “Exfiltration” where you could end up outside the vehicle and not being able to enter it again, thus blocking the mission
  • Fixed a problem where a user can become invulnerable after being resurrected
  • Fixed a problem with the M60 reload sound
  • Fixed a hang in terrain streaming, causing the user to get stuck on black screen under special circumstances in single player
  • Fixed a problem where the enemy would not be able to get a road kill on a user that was using the SOFLAM
  • Fixed soldiers disappearing in the mortar kill cam
  • Fix for Type88 and MG36 zoom in animation offset when in supported shooting mode (using bipods)

Battlefield 3 Balance changes

  • Increased the damage of helicopter miniguns, AA guns, and jet cannons against infantry
  • Increased the damage of helicopter miniguns against jeeps
  • Reduced the physics impact of AA guns and jet cannons so players under attack from these weapons no longer should lose control
  • Increased the damage of the 44 Magnum slightly
  • Increased the range and minimum damage of the .357 Round from the MP412 Rex
  • Increased the range of all .45cal and 9mm weapons
  • Slightly increased the range of the P90 and MP7 and PDW-R
  • Slightly increased the range of the 5.56mm PDW-R and decreased the minimum damage at long range
  • Slightly increased the minimum range of the Mk11, SVD, and M39 EMR 7.62mm rifles
  • Decreased the maximum damage and maximum range of the G3 and SCAR-H 7.62mm weapons
  • Reduced the damage from FIM-92 and SA-18 IGLA missiles against aircraft
  • Increased the damage and range of the 40mm BUCK rounds
  • Reduced the damage .50cal weapons do against helicopters
  • Updated T90 canister shell tweaks to match Abrams canister shells

Source: Battlelog

Although the fixes are quite impressive, I was personally hoping DICE would have fixed the huge problem that lies with the VOIP chat, as you can’t really play a team game without team communication.

Let’s hope the chat is fixed very soon.


Written by: Madagasca - News Contributor


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  1. #1 by Cheeto on November 30th, 2011 [ 29099 Points ]

    Hmm, I already had a patch installed 2 days ago. 260mb, wonder what that was lol I gotta say I love the balance changes, not that Battlefield needed any. I am having a blast on multiplayer!

  2. #2 by Pedro on November 30th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Down with the FPS supremacy! Why is this big news and Skyrim (the GOTY) is secluded to a quick news post? Booooo! hahahaha

    j/k pretty huge patch indeed! I just hate when I install a game (since I have yet to play BF3 and it comes with a huge patch) it takes the fun of running the game for the first time ;p

  3. #3 by Madagasca on November 30th, 2011 [ 6529 Points ]

    I’ve had very little time on this game, all due to the fact that my PS3 went bust over a week ago when I actually took 2 days off work to chill out and play.

    No thanks to the PS3 dying after 10 minutes of turning it on – on the first day of my holiday from work!

    Waiting to get it replaced. Can’t do anything about it until later this week.

    :(

  4. #4 by Pedro on November 30th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    @Madagasca wow, that is REALLY unfortunate! I’d love to take a couple days off just to chill as well, but I’d prefer to work if that meant my PS3 would break…

  5. #5 by Jason on November 30th, 2011 [ 26201 Points ]

    What! increased helicopter mini gun damage? wtf. 3 bullets and you were dead before. omg fail
    Scar needed nerfing. other then that It doesnt mention re spawning and not being able to do anything being fixed. ugg Ea why you so bad

  6. #6 by Madagasca on November 30th, 2011 [ 6529 Points ]

    @Jason

    I know exactly what you mean about being shot – the limited amount of time I’ve had with the game, it was spent being shot two or three times and dying.

    Couldn’t believe the power of some of the guns etc. It needs to be numbed down a little bit.

  7. #7 by Madagasca on November 30th, 2011 [ 6529 Points ]

    @Pedro – bro….I ended up watching movies for 2 whole days.

    I felt worse than I was before the 2 days off – the movies were rubbish too! The days were a complete waste.

    On the other hand, It’s quite refreshing not being glued to the ps3. Needed a slight break from it :D

  8. #8 by Pai do mercado on November 30th, 2011 [ 2376 Points ]

    I hope now that the Tactical light has actually decreased its intensity,im to dying a lot when I find someone using it.
    I remember the BF Modern Combat on the PS2 (my first online game on PS2), where it was possible to have our RAMBO moment , and bring down a helicopter with an M-60.
    That BF was very good, with excellent maps (BACKSTAB, BRIDGE TO FAR…), which should have been back in place of 1943 full game free download

  9. #9 by Oly on November 30th, 2011 [ 132360 Points ]

    Down with the FPS supremacy! Why is this big news and Skyrim (the GOTY) is secluded to a quick news post? Booooo! hahahahaj/k pretty huge patch indeed! I just hate when I install a game (since I have yet to play BF3 and it comes with a huge patch) it takes the fun of running the game for the first time ;p

    These BF3 fanboys need to get a life and play Skyrim!! they will never look back.. lol

    BTW I just won BF3 over the weekend via twitter, so I’ll be trying it out… someday… lol

  10. #10 by Oly on November 30th, 2011 [ 132360 Points ]

    ALSO BTW!!!!!!!!!!!

    how come no one ever gets in chat anymore!! Tosh and I are lonely.. Join us..

  11. #11 by dragon290513 on November 30th, 2011 [ 7218 Points ]

    that sounds wrong :-s

  12. #12 by Kane112 on November 30th, 2011 [ 34232 Points ]

    wow that is a big patch.

  13. #13 by xDeFcoN_2FasT4Ux on November 30th, 2011 [ 2160 Points ]

    I saw that it was gonna take a hour and was like the hell with it for today

  14. #14 by Kane112 on November 30th, 2011 [ 34232 Points ]

    haha ye ill be leaving it to my automatic download thingy to take care of

  15. #15 by Emrah on December 1st, 2011 [ 7319 Points ]

    If they are not replacing whole maps to fix any glitches caused by geometry, I think the patch contains Karkand maps.

  16. #16 by Kane112 on December 2nd, 2011 [ 34232 Points ]

    hmm that would be nice not having to download the map pack

  17. #17 by ZFM12 on December 2nd, 2011 [ 1495 Points ]

    They fixed alot of stuff but still didn’t fix the damn flashlight issue..

  18. #18 by Cheeto on December 3rd, 2011 [ 29099 Points ]

    I can’t even download the Patch. It reaches %99 then stops with an unknown error. second time I tried downloading the patch its taking forever.

  19. #19 by Emrah on December 4th, 2011 [ 7319 Points ]

    @zfm12 : It will be fixed in the next update.


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