Those who've been playing the Battlefield 3 beta probably know about that huge, 64-player Caspian Border multiplayer map—and the fact that, except for an occasional password leak, it's essentially remained closed to the general public. Well, here's some good news: EA DICE has opened it up.
The 64-player map is for PC gamers only, and it opened to the public this afternoon in Europe—that's earlier this morning on this side of the pond. EA DICE says this is the beta's "final weekend" before the full release of Battlefield 3 comes out on October 25, so it's probably a good time to give it a shot... unless you're too busy playing Rage, of course.
As you can see in the video above, the Caspian Border map provides a more traditional Battlefield experience—a huge sandbox filled with tanks, aircraft, and other vehicles. It looks rather impressive visually, too. I managed to sneak into one of the 64-player servers shortly after the beta opened, and I thought it definitely looked much better than the Operation Métro map. I ran into a fair number of bugs, though. (Thanks to Rock, Paper, Shotgun for the link.)