When life hands PC gamers lemons – like news that the massive $1.6m Battlefield 3 tourney is console-only – they figure out a way to hack the lemons to bits and make lemonade. In this case, gamers have gained access to 128-player support for the “Operation Metro” map available in the BF3 beta, which isn't offered on the official servers. Don’t necessarily go rushing out to find the action, though; DICE, the makers of the game, thinks the lemonade tastes mighty bitter and they’re threatening to swing the banhammer at anyone who participates in the unsanctioned fun.
“We are aware that a number of servers have appeared and are running game modes and player counts that have not currently been seen. Please try to remain on official servers,” DICE representative Bazajaytee wrote on the BF3 forums. “…Please avoid temptation and remain on these official servers while we work to have these servers dealt with. Playing on those servers can cause your account to become compromised, stats to be altered or other issues to arise which may lead to having your account banned by EA.”
In subsequent posts, Bazajaytee warned that if EA banned your Origin account for non-sanctioned BF3 play, you’d also lose access to your entire portfolio of Origin games -- which obviously includes the ones you've paid for previously. Awesome, huh? “If you continue going on the servers over and over then it is a choice you are making on your own accord,” Bazajaytee said. “Especially now you have been informed of the situation.” The servers appear right in the main Battlelog, though; what if players don't check the forums before hopping on for some hot 128-player action?
Not that we’d recommend bucking the system or anything, but in response to news of the banhammer threat, Steam forum member <AvA>Duff5000
that curious gamers could “Create a new origin/EA account, play on modded servers with different maps, game modes and player counts!” Just sayin’.