Big Battlefield 3 PS3 day: Game update, Rent a Server functionality, and shortcut items now live!

We know you’ve been eagerly awaiting our PlayStation 3 game update, and now it’s here! As you read this, the update should be live in all territories except Japan. Read on for the full details.

Today is a great day for Battlefield 3 on PlayStation 3. First and foremost, we are rolling out our massive PlayStation 3 game update. Containing more tweaks, fixes, and additions than you can shake a stick at, the focus of this update is to make the game more stable, fairer, and more balanced. The update is live today in all territories except Japan (Japan will get this update on April 4th). Just start your game to get automatically prompted for this ~1GB update. You can read the change list here.

Wake Island alternative 5-flag layout on PS3

Included in today's update is a new 5-flag layout for Wake Island, based on community feedback. Enjoy!

After a lot of constructive feedback about how we can improve your Back to Karkand experience, we have added a 5-flag Conquest Assault variant for PS3 on Wake Island. This new flag layout will offer a more tactical gameplay where key bases can turn the tide of the battlefield! Another change in this variant is that the mobile Anti-air now spawns at the Beach base. This now makes the Beach base a very important tactical advantage to own, besides the close distance towards the airfield.

To find this new layout on PS3, search for Conquest Assault and Wake Island and look out for the “CQA Day 2” item in the server details.

Rent your own server on PS3!

Your server, your rules. Create a personal gaming experience by renting your own server.

Starting today, you can rent your own Battlefield 3 server on PS3! This option is available from the “RENT A SERVER” menu and gives you a lot of exciting new options that the community has been asking for.

Having your own server gives you the power to create your personal gaming experience. You can either tweak every setting or choose a preset configuration and publish your server in just a few seconds.

What maps and modes do you want to play? Do you want to show the mini map or not? Do you want to turn off HUD elements and tweak respawn times and tickets? You can rent your server for 1, 7, 30, or 90 days starting today. Customize your server by giving it a name, description and custom logo.

Please note that in order to provide a robust and stable experience, we will be rolling out this functionality incrementally throughout the following week. This means we will have limited availability today, ramping up towards maximum capability in about one week’s time. If you try and rent a server and the option is grayed out, it means we are currently at peak capacity. If so, please try again later, as we will ramp up capacity every day.

Pricing for renting your own server is $1.49 / $6.99 / $24.99 / $64.99 (for 1, 7, 30, and 90 days).

New to the game? Get a flying start with our shortcuts!

Today, we are also offering 10 different shortcut items for sale for Battlefield 3 on PS3. If you’re new to the game, this is the perfect way to gain some ground on the veterans online. Or if you’d love to get some more air time in the jets but want to equip those AA missiles straight away, this is for you.

The 10 shortcut items are available now from the PlayStation Store and the in-game store and include these:
Kit Shortcut Bundle: Immediately unlocks all items unique to the four playable classes
Vehicle Shortcut Bundle: Immediately unlocks all items for all vehicles
The Ultimate Bundle: Immediately unlocks all items from all other available shortcut packs

Don’t forget to re-download Back to Karkand on PS3
We hope you enjoy this massive game update with its many fixes and additions. One more thing: If you are a PS3 player and Back to Karkand owner and you have not re-downloaded Back to Karkand – please do so now. The new revision of Back to Karkand that went live March 13 contains a bug fix that fixes the weapon animation bug on Back to Karkand maps. It also has some critical fixes to our back end code that ensures a smooth compatibility with future expansion packs such as Close Quarters and Armored Kill.

See you on the Battlefield!

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  • bardiuras 09.02.12 at 16:34

    SERVER NAME : 300% All Welcome.







    SERVER RULES : One simple rule : NO STEALING OPPOSITE VEHICLES . TEAMS MAY BE BALANCED. Have fun , play fair add us to FAVOURITES . Server admin bardiuras if u looking of giving any suggestions please contact me. THANK YOU and ALL WELCOME HERE :) THERE IS NO KICK / BAN FOR BEING GOOD PLAYER !!

  • sfjmcPicket 05.13.12 at 05:55

    I don’t like being kicked if someone thinks i am too good or too bad or just wants to make room for one of their VIPs! bring back some dice servers!

  • y55ob 05.07.12 at 19:37

    Lol this is really funny. I used to play MW3 and evryone on the forums is yelling about how designers ruined that game. And its the same on BF3 forums . Personally i prefer BF3 atm because MW3 is a big joke it has horrible matchmaking or Lagcompensation. Havent had any lag problems with BF3 so far. And much less campers :) . But anyhow in the end its all about personal preference. And im preffering BF3 at this time

  • jackpar01 05.05.12 at 03:24

    R.I.P since 04-01-12
    Master Sergent Jackpar01 cause of dead the scandalous sales of bundles for the FNG’S resulting in a complet lost of interest. See you guys in C.O.D 3

  • buckeye1163 04.26.12 at 20:14

    Just go ahead and take the mortar out of the game. You completely f’d it up. Why am I going to bother with it if I have to place it so close to the enemy? STUPID!! There is no strategy or thought req in weapon choice either apart from which class you choose. Just call it MW3.5

  • bign69 04.21.12 at 23:37

    Hey, I’m lazy, so I bought the ultimate shortcut kit, but I didn’t get everything it seems. I still have to earn to get some items? Anyone else experience this?

    • MindRecon 05.04.12 at 20:14

      Same here… I get a few more weapons almost no new gadgets etc… I probably got 10% increase of weapons 0% gadgets. For $39.00 ??? what is the deal? I’m on xbox 360 which is idiot proof on purchasing and downloading. I did it a few more times just incase… no go. A few times when starting up the game it said “You unlocked”… Recon or Assault or whatever but nothing new.

      • MindRecon 05.04.12 at 20:16

        Update: Nothing new! There are WAY more locked items than unlocked… DON”T BUY IT!!!

    • AbrahamDinky 05.20.12 at 08:58

      Same here – just feel like I was ripped off. Fortunately I can make a complaint with my bank since I did not get 100% what I bought, they will refund my money.

  • Ryant601 04.19.12 at 06:07

    is there a pc mirror for the ps3 patch, I can’t get it to download on my playstation..thanks psn.

  • Major_Barf 04.18.12 at 20:43

    Understand the patch for the MOV. But the weapons should have been left alone. The LMG’s are useless on TDM. LMG’s with scopes. Why? The flash and the climb is too much. Since you modified the IRNV, get rid of the 12X sniper. Snipers increase like crazy with the change. If you want it more realistic, let my LMG rip someone apart with one shot. Not much fun anymore. F’d up my kits.

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