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M16A3 removed from Battlefield 4 multiplayer, DICE confirms

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Update: I’ve included a short video from our YouTube channel, in which I tell viewers the news, and what it really means for Battlefield 4.

The M16A3 was often deemed the “most overpowered weapon” in Battlefield 3. It was definitely one of the most popular weapons, and there was a lot of controversy surrounding it.

The M16A3 had low recoil and insane accuracy. It was like a laser beam, and a personal favourite of mine when needing to don my “tryhard pants”.

However, the weapon annoyed a lot of people, and many complaints were made. Now it seems that DICE have heard the whining, and have opted to remove the fully automatic M16A3 from the release build of Battlefield 4‘s multiplayer. Alan Kertz, lead core gameplay designer on BF4, repeatedly confirmed this on Twitter:

The M16A4 will still remain, which is a burst-fire variant, but there will no longer be the full-auto death laser.

The “M16A3″ you may have seen in gameplay footage, is in fact a mislabelled M16A4, which has now been corrected:

What do you guys think of this? Did you consider the weapon overpowered in Battlefield 3?

  • Snoov603

    Just wait, this same shit will happen again. I’m not saying the M16A3 isn’t great in BF3, but people complained too much about it. It’s not as overpowered as everyone makes it out to be. It’s just the most well rounded gun in the game. There’s a difference. In BF4, everyone will recognize the best gun in the game, and make the same complaints again. It happens in every shooter. Everyone thinks that best gun in the game = overpowered. No. Not even close. It’s just the best gun. The M16 is a jack of all trades, but a master of none. It can be beaten by other guns.

    People would rather piss and moan about the most popular gun to have it changed, instead of adapting their play style to beat it.

    • http://www.scientiaweb.com/ MegamanEXE

      Truth has been spoken. All M16 people can be knocked out with simple skills. The people who usually whine are the level 15-40s.

      • MrSwaginator

        yes but if you just got the game, hopping online, getting smacked by the M16 #2Pro users?
        you’ll then use it all the time, denying the fact that there’s 69+ weapons in the game, creating a name called [BACON]OnlyM16_4Lyfe

        • Mack Ashworth

          Mmmm…. bacon.

          • http://www.scientiaweb.com/ MegamanEXE


    • Kirosaka

      I call BS

  • skd

    Full auto M16 is just too awesome for a game ;)

    • Kirosaka

      It’s too noob friendly to the user for a game :)

  • Azoz

    M16A3 is my favorite weapon in BF3.
    Its not overpowered .. I only used it because of that.
    There is a lot of weapons that are better and faster in killing .
    But prefer killing people with skill rather than the weapon’s power.

    • L96

      lol skill usinf an M16A3? point pull trigger kill reload same again, more needed to use other guns. the M16A3 had hardly ant recoil so was EASY to use! it’s the easiest gun to use so becomes a noobs gun!

  • Galm_1

    There’s always one weapon that stands out from the crowd. No matter what FPS you play, there’s always one weapon that is too good.

    • Kirosaka


  • Stereotypical_White_Fella

    xfactor must be livid right now

  • Anthony J. Mitchell

    Looks like the great Nerfing campaign has begun already. And no, I never used the weapon, I was the guy blowing you all up with frag rounds from my IRNV equipped USAS-12. ;)


    I never used it that much really. i switch around a lot, when a gun gets easy mode i usually drop it for something different

  • RazR

    You can’t make everyone happy. Either u take it out and people complain or u keep it and people complain. You nerf it; people complain, you buff it; people complain. Its as simple as that

  • Menzie

    Strange. It seems like most of the other ARs handled a lot easier. Battlefield is supposed to be a game that provides a war experience. Its not the same as COD which is just a FPS with guns but does not feel like war at all. I don’t care they eliminated it, but seems odd.

  • TM3

    That’s pretty sad they removed it. I hope they won’t remove guns like the G36C or the F2000

    • guest

      f2000 is already removed

      • MrSwaginator



    a new m16 will emerge jus with a different name. thing is that in any way even in reality one gun is better thn all. so u cnt do anythng to avoid it. if u want a balancd game thn go shit with just 1 gun fr each class and same attachments preset u will have the best balancd game ever

  • MrSwaginator

    that’s good to hear since i really liked the M16A4 in BF2


    NOO MY GUN!!! #Neverforget

  • Th3RunneR

    Just a little help of mouse-editing software, and M16A4 is a full auto rifle :D

  • ShavedApe

    It makes absolutely no difference lol, anyone that thinks it changes anything is very very naive. Take out a “op” gun does that suddenly make everything balanced? No in fact all that happens is that its replaced by another one.
    Balance in a game like this will never exist so congrats whiners you achieved nothing.

  • spitfiresiemion

    I don’t really care because if M16A3 is gone then something else is bound to be OP. In the end it doesn’t matter.

    • Kirosaka

      Unless BF3 decides to take the LoL route
      If they decide to do so then in the end none will be OP

  • Krister Parmstrand

    Hmm the backround on this page makes the comments insanely hard to read :/

  • anonymous

    The fact that G3A3 is missing is somewhat depressing



  • Alf4321

    Removed? You mean DLC?

  • Chommie

    M16A3 no more, lets go for M416 then!

    • Kirosaka

      M416 was balanced in BF3

  • Name

    GG, i want my refund

    • Kirosaka

      Noone likes you.

  • Baserdc

    Wow….can’t believe they took out my favorite gun ever since 2005…seriously M16A3 whiners? Just because many people use it doesn’t mean it’s OP. DICE made a really wrong move and the whiners think they’re victorious cause the gun has been removed. We have the M16A4 and we can pretend it’s auto, but I can’t accept the removal of the gun. There are more weapons that will or might be OP at Battlefield 4 and people will whine and complain over it

    • Kirosaka

      I call BS

  • m16 RIP

    Couldn’t be happier , the gun IS over powered or you wouldn’t have so many people crying about its removal, guess they are going to have to try learn new weapons rather than play with 1 gun out of about 50. Its the only gun im constantly being killed by and 9/10 the guy using it has hardly used any other weapons and just racked up 50,000 – 200,000 kills with his no recoil railgun m16 … happy days its gone

  • Guest

    Attention people whining about the whiners:

    The game wasn’t removed because it was OP. It was removed because the M16A3 is in very limited use, the M16A4 is standard issue for the US Marine Corps.

  • Deathwish

    Attention people whining about the whiners getting the gun removed:

    The M16A3 was not removed because it was OP, it was removed because it’s in very limited use. The M16A4 is standard issue for the US Marine Corps.

  • IHateM16A3

    Thank god, no more legions of clones running around metro with the same weapon…

  • Kirosaka

    Finally it’s gone.
    M16 had it’s own CoD community

  • Raptor

    Now there will be another overused Gun and i guess it will be the AEK (just saw the stats in the Loadout)

  • Stroodle

    Now they can work on fixing the M16A4 in BF4. Because in CQC when it comes time to spam that trigger, half the time it glitches and doesn’t fire at all. Not very helpful with a burst fire weapon

  • fake

    fuck DICE i pay a lot for the game with a M16A3 fuckers. never gone bay a game from Dice EA games. fuckers.