Battlefield 3 alpha testing underway, beta starts in September

By on July 27, 2011, 10:30 AM

DICE's highly anticipated shooter Battlefield 3 will open up for testing in the coming weeks, the series' community manager Daniel Matros recently explained. There will be two trials: a "highly tech focused", invite-only alpha trial, and a more open beta trial for those who purchased a special-labeled copy of Medal of Honor Limited Edition.

The closed Alpha test is already underway and available only to a lucky few. DICE says it won't be distributing download codes on social networks at this stage, but those who want to improve their chances of being called upon, can sign up to the Battle field newsletter here and make sure that their 'Veteran status' is up to date -- for this you need to login to your EA account and link at least two previously purchased Battlefield games to your account.

The Beta phase will begin in September, and as mentioned above, access is guaranteed to anyone who purchased a copy of Medal of Honor Limited Edition with the "Battlefield 3 - Early Access Included" sticker on the box. Owners of that version will receive an invitation via a newsletter so be sure to opt in on your EA Profile.

The full game will be released for the PlayStation 3, the Xbox 360, and Windows on October 25, 2011 in North America and October 28, 2011 in Europe. There's been a bit of a controversy with news that the game might not be available for purchase on Valve's popular Steam platform, but that hasn't slowed down interest in the game. According to EA, Battlefield 3 pre-orders are currently at 10 times those of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 at the same time prior to release.




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SEverard said:

I was invited onto the Alpha Trial. Can't wait to go home and play it tonight

Guest said:

Ya sure you were. SEverard.

SEverard said:

Proof here http://twitpic.com/5wo0fu/full

You don't have to believe me but I'll be the one playing BF3 before you

SEverard said:

You can also check out my conversations with Battlefield on my twitter

www.twitter.com/SimonEverard

SEverard said:

More proof here if you want it http://twitpic.com/5wpuhd

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

God i wish i could play this! SEverard, i'm actually jealous of you

Lionvibez said:

He is just jealous ignore him he's only a guest after all :P

SEverard said:

I was so happy when I found out. That probably the biggest understatement actually

Guest said:

Cool

Wow you actually use Internet explorer !!

BTW i would mask that email address if you dont want more than 14 junk emails in your box!!

SEverard said:

Yeah I use IE9 just for Pinning really.

Deleted the email picture for that reason now. But as you can see I wasn't bs'ing

edison5do said:

SEverard said:

Deleted the email picture for that reason now. But as you can see I wasn't bs'ing

If I had the chance to get invited, I'll be *****!ng A LOT! :-p

vChRiSv vChRiSv said:

SEverard said:

I was invited onto the Alpha Trial. Can't wait to go home and play it tonight

Man you're lucky, wish I could play it right now. Congrats on getting invited though

Make sure to make a thread and tell us about the gaming experience. Unless that goes against some sort of user agreement you have to make, lol. :P

w3b0n said:

angry birds ftw! haha.

I still have some time to upgrade my PC !

Guest said:

it is brilliant been playing the last few days , theres an nda on photos/videos but people have been putting them on youtube all week, just search for "bf3 alpha" if you want to look

ElShotte ElShotte said:

@SEverard: Dude you could've probably pawned that code off on eBay for a pretty penny.

blimp01 said:

hahaa I bought Medal of Honor LE and I didn't even get an invite to the normal beta.

Guest said:

What level veteran are you for Battlefield? Let us know how you are enjoying the Alpha thus far?

j05hh j05hh said:

any recoil in this game? Doesn't look like much from the vid.

fraggleki said:

I hope two 6950 in crossfire will max out the game at 1920x1200?

Hankhendrix Hankhendrix said:

Just got my Alpha invite! Can't wait to get tucked in, courtesy of my hotel's internet connection

Guest said:

I Got invited, Its awsome. Love it.

nichitapavel said:

I was invited to alpha, but Im on a trip till the end of september, so Im gonna miss it, damn damn damn!!!

Guest said:

I got an alpha invite but it is PC only.... Damn.

Guest said:

Just got an invite cant wait to get home and test it! Thanx DICE!

Guest said:

downloading the alpha now. im pretty pumped.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Yeah, I too got an invite, just saw it on my WP7.

I'm a very active BC2 player; they way they choose who gets an invite, is not only by your online activity with BF series, but also game order amount, time with an EA account, and whether you are subscribed to their newsletter.

Some factors matter more than the others, but that's pretty much it. If any of you guys meet all or most of these criteria, and haven't received an invite, it will then just be a matter of time.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

nichitapavel said:

I was invited to alpha, but Im on a trip till the end of september, so Im gonna miss it, damn damn damn!!!

Can I have your Alpha code then PM me though :P

mccartercar said:

By the time beta rolls around ill never want to play this map again. =P

Guest said:

It actually does, though you don't sign anything, I got invited too (YAY!) in the email they send, they tell you to refrain from posting pictures, gameplay videos, or personal impressions of the game.

grvalderrama said:

EA doesn't even say hi to me... Oh, maybe it's because I didn't buy any of their games =P

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Woot, got my invite yesterday and have the alpha up and running .

@lawfer I'd say that's about right, just curious to know how much other Battlefield games weigh in on getting invited.

blimp01 said:

dont think you can sell or give keys, because you generate it through your own account when they send the email, you'd have to give them your EA account

BreakTheSilence BreakTheSilence said:

I got an invite, for Alpha the game is running surprisingly good.

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