Battlefield 3 Recon Class to Set Spawn Points?

Do we have juicy new information on Battlefield 3? I think so.

Around 12:30am EST early Friday morning, Gustav Halling, gameplay designer at DICE, tweeted out a response to a concern regarding not being able to spawn on teammates when not in a squad in Battlefield: Bad Company 2. For the most part, it’s fairly easy to get in a squad when entering a game, but there is the odd time when, say, two squads of four are already in play and if you are the ninth person to enter the game, it’s not always possible to enter any of the already full squads. Of course, when you are playing solo, you have no option but to always spawn back at your base. Some people prefer to play by themselves, but it can be frustrating to constantly have to walk/run/drive across the whole map to get back to the action after you die. A while back, DICE did say they wanted to make Battlefield 3 more forgiving for people who prefer to play solo, without a squad, but never said exactly how they were going to do that. As of now, I think we have a clue.

Halling’s tweet went as follows:

“…play as recon and put out a radio beacon to spawn on 🙂 Free choice for everyone!”

To me, this “radio beacon” sounds a lot like the tactical insertion equipment found in the Call of Duty series or the spawn beacon featured in Battlefield 2142. “Free choice for everyone!” This implies that perhaps your entire team can spawn on your radio beacon. Personally, this eases one concern that I had with the ‘squad leader’ role. DICE announced that squad mates could only spawn on the squad leader, but what if this leader is a terrible player and is constantly dying? Why should the entire squad be punished for the actions of one inexperienced player? I would call this “radio beacon” function a welcome feature to Battlefield 3, but those are just my thoughts. Let everyone know what you think in the comment section below!

  • James

    no need to worry about spawning on terrible players who are squad leaders, from what i played in the alpha, the squad leader changes after every round and the best person in your squad will become leader for the next round

    • This sounds like a fair system, thanks for sharing.

  • Adam

    You haven’t played 2142, right?

    • No I haven’t, but I’m aware that the radio beacon was a feature in that game! 🙂

      • Adam

        I was just thinking of your reference to COD. Mobile spawn points was a feature of the old Battlefield Vietnam too.

        • Thanks! Wasn’t aware of that.

  • SierraKhaar

    This is one of the things that clearly shows bf3 is going just a little bit too casual, Id rather have an alternative spawnpoint.
    Then we have the auto spotting, spotting is a tool for teamplay, if the other team doesn’t want to teamplay it’s their loss, teamplay should always pay off!

    About the squadleader, why not have votes within the squad?
    You click at the name you want as leader and if majority want it, it’s changed. Add an timer and reset it everytime the squad changes.

    • Adam

      I have missed the automatic spotting part, how does that work? If it only spots when I hit somebody I’ll think it’s okay.

  • onkyonecbms

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    • Thanks for the informative comment. 😉

  • nate

    You have to hate that on heavy metal when there’re 2 or 3 squads but 5 bush wookies up on wookie mountain are filling up those squads,,,

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  • I agree 100%

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