According to DICE, the beta which many mistook for a demo, actually ended up changing the game for the better. Tommy Rydling of EA claims that hundreds of changes have been implemented to better the Battlefield 3 experience since the beta.
What exactly were these things? Well, they were many, but Rydling highlighted a handful of the changes in a recent post on the PlayStation Blog.
Improved Squad Functionality: There will be improved squad functionality in the retail game (including but not limited to): the ability to create squads prior to launching into a game, sticking with your squad when joining a game and continuing together through future games (if team balance on the server allows it), inviting friends to a squad, and changing squads once in game.
More Accessible Settings Menu: The ability to modify your settings via the deploy screen has been added into the retail game.
Improved Kill Cam: In the Open Beta, the Kill Cam would sometimes behave erratically. This has been fixed for the launch of the retail game.
Netcode Optimization: The netcode is one of the many things that we tested as part of the Open Beta and it was not necessarily reflective of the final retail game. The DICE team appreciates, and has heard, the feedback you’ve provided and is further optimizing online play.
Battlefield 3 launches next week on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.