A new feature is coming to Battlefield 3, custom matches. The "Matches" feature will allow players to coordinate competitive multiplayer sessions with their friends and squad members. This new feature will be available for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 through the Battlelog.
To coordinate a Match a player must be actively renting a dedicated server. Once a dedicated server has been selected the Match host can set the Match name, start time, game mode, team size, and map rotations.
Not only the basic settings but also more in detail like; friendly fire, 3D spotting, squad-leader spawning, kill cam, health regeneration, a list of weapon unlocks that will be made available to players, ...
Players can build their own team from their list of friends and platoon members. A team leader for the rival team is assigned who in turn also chooses a roster for the opposing team. Before the official match starts there will be a Warm-up Phase where no kills or points are counted. The Match will stay in this state until all participating players have signaled that they are ready from the pause menu.
Stay tuned for more details including a release date for Matches! For more details about this upcoming feature take a look at their blog post.