On November 5, 2009, DICE announced a beta for Bad Company 2. Players are able to have access to the beta by pre-ordering the game. The PS3 version of the beta started on November 19, while the PC version will be available in December. Gamespot has given its users some beta keys for the closed beta currently running.
Gameplay in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 resembles that of Battlefield: Bad Company and takes place in the mountainous regions along the borders of Russia, among other places. Bad Company 2 will include locations in snowy mountains, dense jungles, and also sandy deserts within both story mode and multiplayer mode. The game allows players to play through missions using any tactics they choose. Like its predecessor, Bad Company 2 features destructible environments. However, more destruction is now possible; players can now completely destroy a building rather than just its walls. Bad Company 2 and Battlefield Vietnam are the only two games in the series to have blood in them without a third-party modification.
Multiplayer will allow players to choose from a set of weapon kits before each spawn, the number of which has been further reduced from Bad Company’s five down to four: “Assault,” “Engineer,” “Recon,” and “Medic,” removing the “Specialist” kit, whose compact assault rifle and C4 abilities have been split between the “Engineer” and “Recon” classes, respectively.
A customizable weapon selection menu is also new to the Bad Company series (similar to unlocks in Battlefield 2 and Battlefield 2142), giving players the choice of different ACOGs or reflex sights, including short or long barrel grenade launchers; these are also chosen before each match.
Each match will give players experience points, allowing them to level to multiple ranks as they did in the previous series. Experience points will be gained by each opponent killed and destroying the respective objectives. The points gained will be displayed in the screen.
A dog tag system coined from a similar system in Battlefield 2142 and Battlefield: Bad Company will allow players to collect an opponent’s tag when killing by melee.
There will be new vehicles in Bad Company 2, such as the UH-60 Black Hawk, a quad bike, a two-man patrol boat, and an AA-gun mounted on a light tank.
If pre-ordered at GameStop, and EB Games in Canada, the AKS-74 will be unlocked for use.
On October 19, 2009, game developer DICE posted a Twitter announcement stating the game will have dedicated server support. This was in response to Infinity Ward’s announcement on October 17 that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 would not support dedicated servers.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is an upcoming video game in development by EA Digital Illusions CE and to be published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The game is a direct sequel to Battlefield: Bad Company. The game was announced at one of Electronic Arts’ earnings conferences and was showcased for the first time at E3 2009. The release date for Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is March 2, 2010, as announced at the EA press conference at Gamescom.
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