A screnshot of EA and DICE's Battlefield Play4Free online game.
Battlefield 3, the fourth game in the Battlefield series, will be hitting the shelves this fall. EA screencap

It's been six years since Electronic Arts' studio Digital Illusions CE released the popular first person shooter Battlefield 2 and finally details are emerging on its successor, Battlefield 3.

Battlefield 3, the fourth game in the Battlefield series, will be hitting the shelves this fall and will be on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

EA and DICE are investing a lot in new technology. In Battlefield 3, DICE has included a new game engine technology called Frostbite 2. EA says Frostbite 2 will mean enhanced visual and audio quality, a grand sense of scale and better character animation making use of the animation toolkit engine, which was made famous for its use in EA Sports' games.

Where other shooters are treading water Battlefield 3 innovates. Frostbite 2 is a game-changer for shooter fans. We call it a next-generation engine for current-generation platforms, said Karl Magnus Troedsson, DICE's general manager, in a statement.

The gameplay sounds like it will be similar to its predecessor in that it will be centered on grandiose missions on diverse fighting regions such as urban streets, rural locations, sea and air. Gamers will be playing as U.S. Marines undergoing missions in cities such as Paris, Tehran and New York. Beyond that, DICE hasn't released much in the way of gameplay or storyline details, but did say in terms of style, it will be returning to several old technical components.

Battlefield 3 preserves the franchise's signature sandbox style and even brings back classic fan favorites like jets, going prone and 64-player multiplayer on PC, Patrick Bach, executive producer, said in a statement.

Battlefield 2 sold nearly three million copies, while the Battlefield series in total has sold more than 20 million.

EA and DICE released a teaser trailer two weeks ago.

Credit: EA

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