EA releases Battlefield 3 PC patch

Electronic Arts has announced that it will be pushing out a patch to the PC version of first-person shooter Battlefield 3, bringing a preview of the gameplay changes that console players can expect to see in the near future.

The patch fixes both PC-specific bugs and tweaks to gameplay that will affect both the PC and console versions of the game, which has been enjoying bumper sales despite going head-to-head with the latest entry in the long-running Call of Duty series, Modern Warfare 3.

PC gamers plagued by technical glitches will be pleased to hear that the patch adds a fix for the 'Black Screen' issue - whereby the game's graphics fail to appear at all - another fix for the crashes that can occur when joining multi-player gaming sessions, yet another fix to address the 'negative mouse acceleration' issue with high-speed movement, changes to the key binding system to prevent custom bindings being forgotten and support for 3D on both Nvidia and AMD graphics cards.

The gameplay changes shared between the PC and console patches include a fix for damaging friendly vehicles, primed grenades now dropping instead of disappearing when a player is killed in mid-throw, extended spawning ranges for certain game types to prevent insta-death, and balancing tweaks to the range and damage of selected weapons.

The patch also brings interface changes, including the addition of round duration and ticket summary information to the End of Round screen and a major overhaul of the Join Squad interface.

Finally, the patch adds server-side fixes to address several glitches and cheats - of the sort that has left 1,600 Modern Warfare 3 players unable to join in on multi-player sessions - including the 'EOD Bot' exploit and a system to detect when a player's stats have been artificially padded.

The update is live as of this morning for those playing the game on the PC. Console gamers, however, will have to wait for the patch to go through Sony and Microsoft's respective review processes, with no news from EA as to the expected launch schedule.