If you and your Battlefield 3 buddies are into competitive play–that is, tournament-style matches–you may be interested in the upcoming new “Matches” feature.
Revealed on the official Battlefield 3 blog, the new feature will allow players to set up competitive matches with their friends (or foes). Provided you or one of your pals own a dedicated server, you’ll be able to set up matches to your specifications. And, of course, this applies to all platforms.
“To coordinate a Match a player must be actively renting a dedicated server,” the post reads. “Once a dedicated server has been selected the Match host can set the Match name, start time, game mode, team size, and map rotations.”
That’s not the extent of the match customization, of course. The new Battlefield 3 feature will also allow you to customize game options such as HUD, friendly fire, and so on. The new feature even allows you to select what unlocks are available, if any at all.
“With the Match settings in place, players then select the rosters for their teams from their list of friends and platoon members,” DICE added. “A team leader for the rival team is assigned who in turn also chooses a roster for the opposing team. With the teams set, the Match is scheduled for creation and players can begin taking their places.”
Unfortunately, we don’t have a release date for Battlefield 3‘s new “Matches” feature, but you can head over to the link above for more information (and screenshots).