Battlefield 3 PC Will Use Battlelog Instead of an In-Game Server Browser

Only a couple of days ago, PC gamers were excited to learn that Modern Warfare 3 would have dedicated servers in the PC. Unfortunately, we now have some not-so-good news to pass on: Battlefield 3′s PC version won’t include an in-game server browser.

BF3 Blog found a message on Twitter that basically confirms this functionality. Apparently, each time you want to join a server, you’ll need to exit the game, browse through Battlelog (screens of the service can be found here, and then launch the game through there. According to the Twitter message linked above, the game “starts up REAL fast.”

Here’s how it will (apparently) work:

  • Open Origin and run BF3
  • A web browser will open Battlelog
  • Pick a server, and BF3 will open up and load that server

As any one of my colleagues here will attest, I am a huge fan of the Battlefield series, and I am very much looking forward to BF3. Still, every time we learn something else about the PC version of BF3, I find myself scratching my head in confusion. It’s almost like someone at DICE made a list of things that PC gamers would want, and then set out to eliminate those from the game. Server Browser? Gone from PC, but still on the console versions. Steam version? Nope. Standalone retail version? Nah. It’s baffling. At least we got dedicated servers, even if we can’t host our own.

None of this means that the game won’t be good, and if Battlelog turns out to be as good as DICE’s Karl Magnus Troedsson thinks it will be, it might be OK. In an interview with VG247, he said this about the decision,

…on PC, you don’t really have a main menu. You’re actually playing it from the web.

The main idea is this – we wanted to create a social connectivity between the players that we hadn’t had before. It’s not just about looking at stats, and looking at what you did in the last round – it’s about connectivity, finding friends, seeing what they’re playing… easy ways of finding new friends and connecting to other social networks etcetera, so it’s definitely been more of a social network kind of twist to the Battlefield community we’ve had before.

We’ll have to wait and see how it shakes out, but at least we only have to wait until October 25.

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3 Comments on Battlefield 3 PC Will Use Battlelog Instead of an In-Game Server Browser


On August 19, 2011 at 7:59 am

It’s actually VERY good, I was in the Alpha. It worked the way it would.

It’s like a cross of Call of Duty Elite but with an integrated server browser, good stuff.


On August 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm

I was in Alpha as well. Did it work? Yes, but there’s no reason for it to exist in the first place. In game server browser, just do it and stop screwing with what already works. I don’t particularly like having Steam on my PC as it is, why would I want Ubisoft and EA’s system on there too?

Red Menace

On August 19, 2011 at 9:21 pm

How many people were in this alpha? It seems like everyone on the internet but me was in this alpha.