Well, it seems we have more proof that the changes to Battlefield 2 in the 1.2 are for real, and that UAVs can (unfortunately) be shot down. Videos released from PlanetBattlefield and BF2.se show the UAV (and other features) in action.

Edit: Kenny found us some video footage of the new unlocks in action

Edit #2: Alpha Test summary from BF2.se

The video from PlanetBattleField lasts about a minute and shows only the UAV circling around the coast on Dalian Plant. Towards the end a chopper flies up to it and seems to destroy it, although it is very possible the UAV ran out of fuel. Speculate away. I still feel it a mistake to have UAVs circling at helicopter altitute, however.

EDIT: it seems the chopper didn’t fire

Video, originally from PlanetBattlefield

The video from the good folks at BF2.se (who also have some decent game servers), shows a few of the other features, such as: picking up C4 as spec ops; grenades from the grenade launcher bouncing after a small distance; and being unable to jump and fire.

Video, originally from BF2.se

I’m still not happy about some of the changes (UAV, not being able to jump and throw AT mines/C4, etc), but some – like the minimum arm distance for grenade launchers – will be most welcome.

Videos again taken without permission. Better than trying to get something from FilePlanet though…