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UPDATED: Is This A Leaked Screenshot Of Battlefield 3?

Hey, are you crouching or are you really that small?

DICE has been a busy bee of late. From Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, to Medal of Honor, to period piece add-ons for Bad Company 2, EA has been leaning on DICE to deliver content for all kinds of games. All the while, DICE has been in active development on the next iteration in its flagship Battlefield franchise, Battlefield 3. Details are, sadly, still hard to find, but there's a chance that the first image of the game has been leaked.

Battlefield 3 Blog believes it might just have the first, totally unofficial image of the game, which doesn't even have a release date yet. The image (below) reportedly comes from a Swedish fellow who calls himself "Doe," who snapped a quick one at the home of a DICE developer, obviously off a TV or a monitor.  
 

 I hope he's crouching.

To be crystal clear: this is in no way an official screenshot of the game and the source here is suspect to boot. However, the shot does look legit. The soldiers, the atmosphere, and the guns look very Battlefield-esque, and as the BF3 Blog notes, the HUD elements take specific cues from various BF games, most notably Battlefield 2.

Unfortunately, we won't know if this image is real or not until DICE actually tosses out the first screen of the game, which might take a while. Feel free to take this shot with a grain of salt, or salivate with the rest of us. Whatever makes you happy! 
 
UPDATE: No, this is not a leaked screenshot of Battlefield 3. It's a fake created from this Battlefield: Bad Company 2 wallpaper. Oh, Internet.
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Posted by BradNicholson
DICE has been a busy bee of late. From Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, to Medal of Honor, to period piece add-ons for Bad Company 2, EA has been leaning on DICE to deliver content for all kinds of games. All the while, DICE has been in active development on the next iteration in its flagship Battlefield franchise, Battlefield 3. Details are, sadly, still hard to find, but there's a chance that the first image of the game has been leaked.

Battlefield 3 Blog believes it might just have the first, totally unofficial image of the game, which doesn't even have a release date yet. The image (below) reportedly comes from a Swedish fellow who calls himself "Doe," who snapped a quick one at the home of a DICE developer, obviously off a TV or a monitor.  
 

 I hope he's crouching.

To be crystal clear: this is in no way an official screenshot of the game and the source here is suspect to boot. However, the shot does look legit. The soldiers, the atmosphere, and the guns look very Battlefield-esque, and as the BF3 Blog notes, the HUD elements take specific cues from various BF games, most notably Battlefield 2.

Unfortunately, we won't know if this image is real or not until DICE actually tosses out the first screen of the game, which might take a while. Feel free to take this shot with a grain of salt, or salivate with the rest of us. Whatever makes you happy! 
 
UPDATE: No, this is not a leaked screenshot of Battlefield 3. It's a fake created from this Battlefield: Bad Company 2 wallpaper. Oh, Internet.
Posted by abdo

I dunno.

Posted by Maxery

arg

Posted by Hosstile17

If it is real, it is gonna be a gorgeous game.

Posted by XenoNick

Intresting

Posted by LiQuid3600

It looks like a modern military shooter!

Posted by SmasheControllers

Looks like BF: BC2 with a different mini-map.

Posted by EpicSteve

Battlefield 1944

Posted by Joelteon7

The map is Arica Harbour, its town more specifically. All the assets look like they're from BC2. 
 
It's possible the interface is actually one of the many iterations DICE were toying with leading into the release of BC2; from the various short gameplay trailers you could see they were tinkering with different designs.  
 
I very much doubt this is BF3.

Posted by 234r2we232

Hey, that CoD screenshot's map is on the wrong side!

Posted by MisterMouse

if that looks real, I feel like the beauty of this game could be impressive.

Posted by Bucketdeth
@SmashedControllers said:
" Looks like BF: BC2 with a different mini-map. "
Was going to say the same thing.
Edited by leftzero101

this was already proven it was fake  
   Oh thats BC2^^
Posted by Hashbrowns

The player-character in Killzone 2 was practically that short.  Good-grief, Sev seemed to be about 4''1' in that game.
Posted by Crump
Should be awesome :)
Posted by FireBurger
@Bucketdeth said:
" @SmashedControllers said:
" Looks like BF: BC2 with a different mini-map. "
Was going to say the same thing. "
Posted by GreyFoxV1

It's a fake according to the blog: 
 
UPDATE: we can confirm that it’s a fake — Photoshopped from this Bad Company 2 wallpaper. Thanks for our commenters “DomagojH76″ and “EL1TE” for pointing it out.    

Posted by KamikazeCaterpillar

I hope he's not crouching. I love the Killzone 2 perspective in shooters.

Posted by ch3burashka

Nothing interesting nor special about that image. It's becoming much harder to differentiate between the numerous shooters these days. 
 
And apparently it's fake. However, the comment still applies.

Posted by captain_clayman

lol fake.  woulda been nice tho.

Posted by Sogeman

And a pretty obvious fake since it looks exactly like BC2

Posted by Darksaw

Could well be. The poses and positioning of both the camera and other players make me think it's more of a pre-rendered screenshot though.

Edited by Sneakybadger

@ the title of this news story  
no.  

got me excited however
BF3 is the game that makes me upgrade my pc
even if i can only just play BLOPS atm with an unstable framerate

Posted by Zereta

Doubt it. Besides, am I the only one who thinks that the positioning of the gun is off?

Posted by Jeffsekai

Journalism is hard

Posted by canucks23

So fake it's obvious. It's a BC2 screenshot in the background, with a custom made shitty looking minimap, and a random bc2 gun slapped on the front. This is embarassingly fake why is this even posted?

Posted by ArcLyte

sure hope DICE doesn't fuck this one up.

Posted by DerekDanahy

Like everyone else has said: This is BC2.

Posted by Guexx

I'm pretty sure its fake....anyway i really doubt they'd use the same engine for bf3

Posted by Funkydupe
@drag said:
" Yeah that's BC2.  Expect better from GB, shouldn't be posting any old unfounded shit you happen to stumble across.  "
Yeah they shouldn't post loose rumours like that.
Posted by CL60

Love the people saying things about Brads journalism, yet when Jeff posted a video of a girl saying Cattackalysm as news it's fine xD. Love this community so much.

Posted by Djeffers03
@leftzero101 said:
"
this was already proven it was fake  
   Oh thats BC2^^ "
This.
Posted by natetodamax

No Brad Nicholson, that is Arica Harbor in BC2.

Posted by gamb1t

playing with emotions.......geez

Posted by Rayfield
@CL60 said:
"Love the people saying things about Brads journalism, yet when Jeff posted a video of a girl saying Cattackalysm as news it's fine xD. Love this community so much. "

THIS
Edited by Skald

This just in: Battlefield 3 will be a desaturated version of BFBC 2. 
 
That said, I imagine Battlefield 3 will look a lot like this. 
 
@Rayfield said:

" @CL60 said:

"Love the people saying things about Brads journalism, yet when Jeff posted a video of a girl saying Cattackalysm as news it's fine xD. Love this community so much. "
THIS "
AGREE
Posted by Shisnopi

there's always the chance it's the new F2P Battlefield coming out. It does run on the BC2 engine.

Posted by Mikewrestler5

Can't believe some of you legitimately thought it was real.

Edited by FrankCanada97
@Shisnopi: Actually, I think it's based on the BF2 engine.
EDIT: Correction, BF2142 engine.
Posted by Jayross

That looks pretty fake to me; looks just like BC2. Even that sign is from Arica Harbor.

Posted by MrKlorox

If by "crouching," you mean "prone", then I agree. Otherwise go play some real fucking Battlefield.

Posted by Vitor
@zAMERICANLIONz said:
" I hope he's not crouching. I love the Killzone 2 perspective in shooters. "
The military is equally open for those who are themselves 'vertically challenged'. Equal opportunities man.  
Edited by EpicReflex

It's blatantly obvious that it's BFBC2 - Africa Harbour. 

Posted by Zeouterlimits
@MrKlorox said:
" If by "crouching," you mean "prone", then I agree. Otherwise go play some real fucking Battlefield. "
Pretty much.
Posted by maxim2boobles

do not want

Posted by MrKlorox
@FrankCanada97 said:
" @Shisnopi: Actually, I think it's based on the BF2 engine. EDIT: Correction, BF2142 engine. "
I read that it was its own unique variation of the engine used in BF2/2142/Heroes, like each game before it.
Posted by Soapy86

Giant Bomb, I am disappoint. 

Posted by Lukeweizer
@drag said:
" Yeah that's BC2.  Expect better from GB, shouldn't be posting any old unfounded shit you happen to stumble across.  "
The scale in the top right is not BC 2.
Posted by Tsai

tbh it looks like the new tomb raider reboot game

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