In an update that was recently posted on the official Battlefield Blog, Bad Company 2-producer Gordon Van Dyke stated that the PC Beta will launch later this month on January 27th, and last until February 25th. The PC Beta will be feature a different map than the one found in the Playstation 3 beta that has been available for several weeks now.
The new map is known as Port Valdez and is set in the Alaskan mountains where Russian forces have launched an all-out offensive against the oil industry in that region. The map mixes vehicle and infantry combat. The PC Beta will be available to players who have pre-ordered the game at participating retailers, such as Gamestop.com or the official EA Store.
Similar to other games in the Battlefield series, the PC version of the game will utilize the Punkbuster system to prevent hacking or cheating in the online-multiplayer portion of the game. Furthermore, it was stated that EA DICE will not be making the files available that are required to host a private dedicated server. Instead, players interested in operating their own server will be required to rent a server made available by EA.
Finally, the post concluded with a small teaser image, which showed a player viewing an apparently blurry image from the game. However, the player is seen to be wearing Nvidea Geforce 3D Vision glasses, and the packaging for these glasses is partially visible in the picture. This suggests that Battlefield: Bad Company 2 will be one of the very first games to be 3D-enabled. The teaser image, as well as a picture of the Gefore 3D Vision glasses can be found after the jump.