Pre-order Battlefield 3 on Origin and Get Beta Access

In recent years, I’ve become a big fan of playing in the beta test of shooters. Not only do you get a chance to see how the game is shaping up, but you get a lot of insight into how the game is being balanced. The balance changes made in beta tend to foreshadow those coming later in the game’s life cycle.

Now, I find myself torn. I want to play in the Battlefield 3 beta, but I really haven’t decided to pre-order the game from EA’s Origin service. If you want early access into the open beta, that’s currently the only way to get it that’s been announced.

Over on the Origin store, you can see that they’ve listed early beta access for BF3 as an “Origin exclusive.” Now, that doesn’t imply that it will be the only way in, just the only way to gain early access. Still, it does make it even more unlikely that we’ll see BF3 on Steam prior to its release.

Hey, if you don’t get in the beta, I guess you could pass the time by reading the Battlefield novel. Seriously though, we’ll keep an eye on the situation and let you know if any more news surfaces.

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4 Comments on Pre-order Battlefield 3 on Origin and Get Beta Access


On August 3, 2011 at 9:57 am

Nah… I’ll wait. I get it sooner or later anyway. I just have to keep telling myself that. Now… If the beta has heli’s and jets in it and I see some leaked footage that is awesome, I might reconsider. I would never have bought MOH for alpha access. BF:BC2 still just as good as the BF3 alpha. I’ve talked with people that have played in the alpha and they agree.


On August 3, 2011 at 11:16 am

I have only this to say over the hoopla about Origin, BF3 and Steam.

F&^k Steam! Steam is not the end all be all of online digital game distribution. Get over it. Its not even that great of a DRM scheme, It is convenient yes, if you want to keep all your eggs in one basket, but I have played, loaned, more Steamworks titles with out needing an account online or off line, with no more than a cracked game .exe than I can shake a stick at.

I wish more developers and publishers would seek other alternatives, competitors, better DRM than Steam. FFS if it were listed on Steam they’d probably just want EA to bundle it up with some more BS Valve TF2 hats as a pre-order deal.


On August 5, 2011 at 8:39 am

i agree i have steam and i dont care for it. what ever happened to just getting the damn cd and cd key and installing on your PC. i dont want to go onto some bs application that always has a popup for some stupid game after im finished playing a game.


On August 5, 2011 at 8:40 am

and buying MOH is for the beta not the Alpha. the Alpha was invite only. Beta comes in September and i will be playing it since i got MOH. lol