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While the Electronic Arts studio DICE has yet to release requirements for the PC version of Battlefield 3, a game retailer has posted them a bit early. Battlefield 3 is going to require quite a rig to play, according to the game's listing on GameStop (via GamerZines).
Before you take a look to see how your computer compares, we need to stress that these may not be final. We'll follow up when the official requirements are confirmed, not to mention our full performance review once the game ships this October.
The Battlefield 3 multiplatform beta is expected sometime in September 2011, while the full game will be released for the PlayStation 3, the Xbox 360, and Windows (the PC version is receiving the most attention) on October 25, 2011 in North America and October 28, 2011 in Europe. DICE is working closely with highly decorated ex-SAS operator and acclaimed author, Andy McNab, to ensure the authenticity and grittiness of today's war is captured in both the single player and multiplayer campaigns.
Powered by the Frostbite 2 game engine, Battlefield 3 reportedly features co-op gameplay, four classes, non-superficial character customizations, more unlockables than Battlefield: Bad Company 2, as well as improved level destruction, character animations and war sounds. Oh, and the popular Battlefield multiplayer mode Rush is back.
You can preorder the game at eastore.ea.com/battlefield3. If you preorder the Battlefield 3 Limited Edition, you'll receive the Back to Karkand digital expansion pack (four highly celebrated maps from Battlefield 2 remastered using Frostbite 2), for no extra charge. If you're having trouble waiting, go check out the gameplay trailer that was released four months ago.
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