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Battlefield 3 Features Co-op, 64 Player Conquest Mode

Josh Clark
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Battlefield 3 Features Co-op, 64 Player Conquest Mode

EA's Gamescom conference was only ever going to end with one title, and the announcements didn't disappoint.  A standalone co-op mode, which sees you and a friend take on a series of mission-based levels that run alongside the main campaign was revealed, showcasing Battlefield's high-octane thrills complement a sneaky stealth segment.

The live demo saw the pair tasked with escorting a defector out of hostile territory, silently making their way through the building he was held within.  Silenced weapons were cast aside in favour of shotguns and rifles when the players were spotted on a security camera, and in true Battlefield fashion, all hell broke loose.

Battlefield 3 Features Co-op, 64 Player Conquest Mode

Co-op makes its way to Battlefield 3

We leave the action shortly after the duo, who have successfully escorted the target from the building, are given orders to cover the convoy that has come under RPG fire.  It was explosive, it was hectic, and it was pretty brilliant.

In addition, DICE confirmed that Conquest mode would make a return, this time allowing 64 players to fight competitively on the, er... Battlefield.  Quick cuts of troops on the ground ensue, but most impressive were the glimpses of aerial warfare spliced in amongst them.  Jets will take to the skies as the fight continues on the ground below, and it looks intense.

Battlefield 3 Features Co-op, 64 Player Conquest Mode

Aerial combat makes a return

There was some trepidation about how Battlefield 3 might perform on consoles, given that the demonstrations thus far had been shown running on seriously impressive rigs, but today's conference made a point of explaining that the co-op level would be running on a Playstation 3, and we can rest assured that Battlefield 3 looks every bit as good on a console as we were hoping.

The multiplayer trailer entitled 'Caspian Border' can be watched below:

The Dealspwn team over in Germany will be getting their hands on DICE's upcoming shooter, which releases on the 27th October, during their time at Gamescom this week, and we'll have a hands-on preview for you shortly.

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DragonChris  Aug. 16, 2011 at 20:02

Probably a stupid query, but is the 64 players on PC only? Any insight into the number of console players?

AndyPau1  Aug. 16, 2011 at 20:40

Ooooohhhh damn I cant wait to play this! When I was about 15/16 I just used to ferry about all my mates in a blackhawk on BF2. Good times.

MattGardner  Aug. 17, 2011 at 07:10

There are many trailers that have excited me this year, but frankly this one proves that you don't need a CGI mini-movie to do the business...it's jaw droppingly good. And yes...jets.

@DragonChris: The 64-player Conquest mode is PC only, we'll be asking about console limits when we catch up with DICE either today or tomorrow.


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