Back in February we'd heard four classes were set for Battlefield 3; today we have details on them.
First, for those who aren't a fan of the LMG Medics, those are out. Now the Assault class and Medic class are combined into one class named "Assault Soldier": you'll be able to pack assault rifles and revive/heal or instead, opt for a grenade launcher.
Multiplayer lead Lars Gustavsson says as a result of the changes, players won't have to worry about medics hanging back and blasting with an LMG anymore -- more often they'll be on the frontlines and ready to help. This is a little worrisome: a squad of Assault Soldiers could be nigh unstoppable, but we'll give DICE the benefit of the doubt they know what they're doing, being DICE and all.
The other major change comes with the Support class. This guy will pack an LMG (which can be mounted) or assault rifle with flashlight, provide ammo, and gain points through suppressive fire (near misses which keep opponents at bay).
Engineer & Recon
Engineer and Recon are back and don't appear to have undergone major changes: the Engineer's job is still to take down enemy tanks, repair ally tanks, and blast through walls with the RPG; the Recon class can again be played forward or passive (bipod will be available for the latter play style), and blast enemies and buildings with C4. Both Recons and Engineers will have some new surprises in store, though these aren't detailed yet.
Stay tuned for our hands-on BF3 coverage from E3.