Battlefield 3 players will their own social network and stat-tracking site—just like Activision's Call of Duty: Elite—when the DICE developed shooter hits later this year. First shots of the "Battlelog" interface have sneaked out, offering us our first glimpse at how we'll connect with other Battlefield fans.

Battlefield 3's Battlelog got an early showing thanks to the German Battlefield Blog which posted—then pulled, but not before Battlefieldo grabbed them—images of the social network's chat system, player stat-tracking interface and profile pages. It appears that players can keep track of other players' unlocked weapons and awards, as well as monitor their own kill/death ratio, accuracy, experience progress and much more.

DICE has gone on record about what Battlelog is capable of previously, writing that the service will let players "manage your friends lists, squad up, create platoons, use voice chat and follow your friends' progress in real-time, and more."

It also appears that Battlelog will have ties to older Battlefield games, showing a player's "Veteran Status" from games like Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2142 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2. News, notifications, forum messages, comments... all appear to flesh out Battlefield 3's subscription-free networking offering.

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Battlefield 3 hits PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this October. Expect more confirmed details on the game's Battlelog soon.

Battleblog #3: First Pictures of Battlelog [Battlefieldo]