Gamers who want to manually install Battlefield 3 patches on their PC are out of luck, as Electronic Arts has confirmed that the military shooter can only be updated through Origin.
Fans had asked EA about the direct download of patches for Battlefield 3 recently, chiefly due to the enormous 3.6GB patch that was just released. Direct access would, according to fans, allow for faster downloads, as well as give them the ease of accessing the patch on ISP mirrors. The publisher put the kibosh on that desire, stating there was only one way to install updates on Battlefield 3: Origin.
Battlefield 3 was released in late October for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.