Battlefield 3 – Additional PC Patch Notes for March 29th

If you’ve been keeping up with the news, you’ll know that DICE has officially announced the Battlefield 3 PC patch to go live tomorrow, March 29th between 9 and 11:30 CET [5am-6:30am EST]. Wondering what additional, PC-specific content will be included this time around? We’ve got you covered.

EA Community Manager Ian Tornay has posted on the official Battlefield 3 blog a list of changes and tweaks that PC users can expect in the upcoming 1.6GB update.

New and improved commo rose:

Some of the new commo rose updates, inspired by community feedback, include:

New global call-outs – “You can now use the commo rose at any time to request ammo, health, or repairs. Using these requests will trigger appropriate icons on the minimap.”

Moved orders to commo rose – “We moved orders so that they are now exclusive to the commo rose. This means that you will no longer accidentally place an order when you in reality wanted to spot an enemy standing near a flag, for example.”

Improved mouse handling – “The mouse movement is now always tracked from the center of the commo rose, to make navigation more intuitive.”

Quicker activation – “You now activate a call-out simply by releasing Q, which should be snappier than the previous implementation.”

Improved readability – “We tweaked the layout and design of the commo rose to improve readability and give clearer and quicker confirmation of which call-out is currently highlighted.”

Call outs will now be context sensitive, meaning actions will change depending on your current situation. Also, “players should keep an eye on the minimap for these icons [below]. If you see them flashing, a team mate is requesting aid via the commo rose.”

Improved Mini Map:

The mini map mode can be change by pressing [B] (though is, of course, mappable). Players can also set their preferred mode in the options menu and can tweak the opacity for satellite textures.

As explained on the blog (visual examples below):

Map mode shows the most important tactical geometries such as buildings, objects, roads and water.

Satellite mode displays a top-down photograph of the level for increased terrain detail.

Hybrid mode combines the Satellite view with a Map overlay, offering a mix of quick tactical awareness and terrain detail.

Additional content includes:

Beep beep! We have horns!

Yes! We have added horns to all jeeps in the game! Nothing says “Get in and man the machine gun so we can take back the airfield!” like three short beeps of the horn. Just press [SPACE] to make your presence known to friendly forces. Warning: Beeping also heard by opposition. Suggest limiting beeping when in enemy territory to keep vehicle in working order. This feature is also present in the PlayStation 3 update that went live yesterday (activated by L1).

Giving all players IR flares

To balance the battlefield and give budding pilots a fighting chance from day 1, we are now giving IR flares to all players. These will be automatically available to you in all air vehicles in the game. So if you’ve had a hard time staying up in the air previously, it should be easier to dodge incoming threats from now on. We hope this small but significant change will mean more players take to the skies and mix up their play style. This feature is also present in the PlayStation 3 update that went live yesterday.

More awards for skillful heli flying

One of the balancing items we have done in this game update is to better reward skillful heli pilots. To do this, we have increased the pilot’s score for transporting passengers who make kills from the heli. The assist score for heli pilots is now 50 points/kill. In a fully loaded transport, four passengers who make 1 kill each will give the pilot a sum total of 200 points. This balancing change is also present in the PlayStation 3 update that went live yesterday.

Making the SOFLAM a passive income gadget

The Recon gadget SOFLAM (laser target painter) has been given a new feature. Now, when a Recon player places it and then leaves it, it will continue to paint targets entering its area of control, continuously giving the Recon player a passive points income. This means a Recon player can place a SOFLAM in a strategic position, then leave it to find a good sniping spot. Combined with fixing a few scoring error in the SOFLAM, it should now be a much more viable source of experience points for Recons. This balancing change is also present in the PlayStation 3 update that went live yesterday.

Suppressing is team play, too!

Another balancing change that reflects how we want every player to be able to contribute to the overall effort is the lowered threshold for achieving the Suppression Ribbon. From a previous requirement of 7, players now only need to perform 3 suppressions in a game to be rewarded the Suppression Ribbon. This means the Support Kit player can rack up scores by skillful use of his LMG. We’ve always know suppression helps  – now we are more generously rewarding those team players who help disorient the enemy so we can move in for the kill. This balancing change is also present in the PlayStation 3 update that went live yesterday.

For a list of features that weren’t advertised in the official PS3 patch notes, read our List of Unannounced PS3 Battlefield 3 Patch Notes!

What features are you most looking forward to?

  • Wolfbargjr


  • Michael Kelley

    WHY can’t this be implemented on console?!  Would make life much easier for asking/thanking/apologizing/etc.

    • Moijorama

       Inferior hardware

      •  That has nothing to do with it lol. How is it that processing hardware has anything to do with being able to hold a button, move a mouse/stick in a direction, then release a button?

    • Inferior controls

      •  I’m sorry, but that’s a retarded statement. If they wanted to, they could make it so that holding the back/select button brought up the commo rose. They just chose to put in the more automated stuff on console. God get off your high horse, kid.

        • Michael Kelley

          Well said.  Relegating the scoreboard to another button (or making it only accessible from the game menu) would easily allow for the commo rose

        • it hurts to see console players try so hard to obtain the same experience as PC players, instead of just buying a freakin PC. stop trying to make a 200$ gaming unit into a 2000$+ PC system. IT WILL NEVER WORK. not to mention how you just won’t accept ANY inferiority to ANY other product. 

          i hope you do love you product BUT GET REAL MAN.

    • Ptp18

      you should be happy to even play the game on something that cost 200$

      • make it wEt

        $200? So what? I’m not confined in front of a 20″ monitor I play on a 92″ projection screen

        • Tludt888

           Uhhh… I’m betting you can play both PC and console on that 92″ projection screen… I play PC and console using my 42″ LCD TV, and watch TV on it!

          HDMI cords really do work wonders…

      • Michael Kelley

         I’m happy that I don’t have to put up with PC players who use leet hax to win

    • QwietStorm

      Both of those clowns could have easily said consoles don’t have a proper setup for it, but nah its always my platform is better than yours. People love that inferior word.

      •  People strive to think they’re better than everyone. Which is fine sometimes, but people take it too far and come up with retarded reasons as to why they’re somehow better that don’t make sense.

  • Mandolore100

    Epic defintly, looking forward to this

  • Ketchupzz

    Someone ask on battlefield/zh1nt0/gustav twitter or reddit when is the next CQ Map trailer coming please

  • The Future

    I’m liking that Satellite mini map. =o

  • blitz1904

    Battle Recorder.



  • Mark Schuh

    i want the mini map thing on ps3 damn it.

  • RoadTripToJalalabad

    Thanks for all this early info.  The new commorose looks great and is finally getting to par with BF2.

  • Consumer

    Does this mean that there is no quick-tap Q to spot and call for health/ammo/repairs when placed over an appropriate player?

    • Consumer

      Oh re-read the section, sounds like tapping Q will exclusively be spotting and team orders. I wonder if marking objectives will be under the com-rose as well, although I can’t tell which one it’s meant to be on; I hate accidentally marking objectives when the icons match up with an enemy.

  • Xander_B312

    Pretty sure the SOFLAM already had autodesignate capability since if you go within any realistic range of one you start getting locked even with nobody manning.

    Old news.

    • Ned Collyer

       So, this is making it generate you points while not manned.  Bit of a difference there. (Similar to how tugs or mav give you points for spotting without any input)

      • Xander_B312

        The points part is new, but they tend to make it sound like the passive operation is new as well:

        “The Recon gadget SOFLAM (laser target painter) has been given a new feature. Now, when a Recon player places it and then leaves it, it will continue to paint targets entering its area of control,”

        They say “now . . . it will continue to paint targets entering its area of control,” implying that it did not before. Bad use of English.

        •  It probably means the area around the SOFLAM.  Before the SOFLAM only painted stuff that was directly in front of it.

  • PC Master Race

    PC master race ftw.

    Haha console peasants will never get such things.

    Worthy for only the best!

    •  Lol the only thing console doesn’t get is commo rose. Everything else goes to every platform.

  • JustinD

    Shortcut bundles aren’t the surprise feature they thought everyone would be excited for are they?

    • Consumer

      It was the 5-flag Wake Island map for PS3, actually. I’m pretty certain the surprise announcement was meant to be for PS3 (perhaps 360 as well) only.

      Which leads me to wonder whether 5-flag Wake is just CQ Large on PC?

      • JustinD

        Oh that’s cool I hope it’s on 360 as well

  • DangerC1ose

    Man u PC elitists are really lame, I spend 10 hours a day at work on a pc, why would I want to go home and spend another 4-5 hours in front of another one?

    And why does it mean you guys feel the need to come on here and leave comments about master race, inferior this inferior that etc, fuck off ya little c*nts.

    Il take my couch, xbox party chat and 65″ tv anyday…

    Whenever I think about getting into PC gaming, I realise from comment trolls like on this page that the PC community (in general – not saying all players by any means) has its head so far up its own ass, that I couldnt see myself enjoying the game more than I do now on 360…

    Cross-platform hate when playing the same fucking game is the most retarded shit ive ever heard of.

    • DangerDouche^

      You like cryin’ a lot don’t ya?

    • Wawa297

      Stfu you are not right, stay in front a pc or infront a tv is the same shit! and any way, if you dont like staying in front a pc screen, plug it on your tv, simple as that. a pc can do alot more than your xbox

    • asgaro

      I personally prefer PC because of controls. Shooters + an inaccurate controller is just frustrating.
      Do you use a controller for Windows? No, because you need a mouse for perfect accuracy.
      Also, when I’m gaming I can quickly switch to look up some game guides, or check stuff on Facebook, etc.
      I like the diversity a PC provides, it’s the all-in-one machine I need for entertainment but also for college.

      And the PC GAMING MASTER RACE comments? Don’t think too much about them, most people post that as a joke. I at least post them as a joke a bit.

      And cross platform hate? I think you console guys also have quite some arguments about the PS3 vs 360 battle. That battle is even worse than PC vs consoles.

    • Brezb

      Real good logic.. going from one screen to another

      Yeah ok.. Does using a console lower your intelligence?

      I’m starting to think so.

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  • Manc-hater

    Input lag still exists on PS3.  AA disable option made no difference.  Smoke and mirrors from dise for 5 months.  Reported to BBC Watchdog.

    • CHR1SC0


  • Reakz93

    satelite mini map is cool and flares for beginners in aircrafts are also step forward 

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