Battlefield 3 PC Patch Goes Live; Here’s What’s Changed

Remember that Battlefield 3 patch DICE promised just yesterday would be coming next week? It’s here now! And there’s a fair list of changes to the game, both technical and practical.

DICE has posted a few selected patch notes on the Battlefield 3 blog, but you can get the full, massive list of patch notes on Battlelog (or right here). Here are a few highlights:

General changes:

  • General performance and loading time improvements
  • Fixed several crashes that occurred when joining multiplayer and co-op sessions
  • Fixed a problem with high speed mouse movement (aka “negative mouse acceleration”)
  • 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 (dangerous in Hardcore mode!)
  • You should no longer spawn too close to enemies in TDM, SQDM, or Conquest

Battlelog changes:

  • Ability to share your Profile and Stats pages to Facebook, Google+, and Twitter
  • User Profile and Stats pages on Battlelog can now be accessed without being signed in to Battlelog if you know a user’s URL
  • Single sign on from Battlelog to Origin. If you’re not logged in to Origin and join a game server, Battlelog will automatically sign you in to Origin in the background and join the game server

Squad system changes:

  • 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

As DICE mentioned before, the Battlefield 3 patch is also headed to consoles and will be deployed once it has been certified by Microsoft and Sony. Meanwhile, the PC players among us get a chance to experience the spiffed-up BF3 ahead of time.

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