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Hacked 128-Player Battlefield 3 Beta Servers

BF3Blog has word that some servers have popped up for the Battlefield 3 beta allowing 128-player games. The servers are apparently running the Operation Metro map, but rather than offering the 32-player rush mode like the official servers, they are running a hacked version of conquest mode, allowing 128 players rather then the intended 64. The bad news is that this is, rather unsurprisingly, a "considerably" laggy experience, and worse, they pass along Electronic Arts' warning that playing on hacked servers may compromise your EA account, and may earn you a ban, which can cause you to lose access to your other EA games.

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28. Re: Hacked 128-Player Battlefield 3 Beta Servers Oct 2, 2011, 17:34 Matshock
 
Hump wrote on Oct 2, 2011, 16:27:
IMO using betas as a perk for pre-orders is a mistake that ends up doing exactly what its doing now, making people feel entitled to act like whining babies. I didnt enjoy the game as it is in beta so I am not going to play until its released because this beta is already coloring my opinion.

Ding Ding Ding.

The problem is that if the situation is anything like BC2 then the "beta test" isn't the actual release candidate. They're just using willing participants to iron out things like Battlelog that can't be meaningfully tested in house.

It does have the side effect of making the game look like shit though, which from other play test vids we know isn't the case.

IMO the only worse new marketing idea than "'beta' as a bonus" is "ARG for an early release".

I got on board for ~$48.00. This one and Batman AC are the only titles that are holding my interest this season. I expect BF3 will be fine and this way I don't have to pay extra for Karkand.

 
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