Among some stellar announcements at EA‘s massive press event at this year’s E3, the guys from DICE took the stage to reveal a few plans for Battlefield 3. Not only is the team putting the finishing touches on a whole bunch of new expansion packs for the game, but there’s also a nifty new way of keeping them all together, and picking up some impressive new bits and pieces, all with one handy purchase.
Battlefield 3 Premium is an all-new digital subscription, which involves a one-time payment of US$49.99 (local pricing pending). For that, you’ll get a whole bunch of stuff – all five planned digital expansion packs, plus exclusive in-game items, new customisation options and some “advanced features” which DICE claim will give you the ultimate BF3 experience yet. It sounded a little complicated, so we got Niklas Fegraeus, Lead Designer on the Close Quarters expansion pack, to explain just what’s going on.
To recap those five expansion packs included in Battlefield 3 Premium:
- Battlefield 3: Back To Karkand – Four of the most beloved Battlefield 2 maps all fully re-imagined utilizing the power of the Frostbite 2 engine. Available now.
- Battlefield 3: Close Quarters – Intense, infantry-only theatre of war. Available today.
- Battlefield 3: Armored Kill – All-out vehicle warfare coming September 2012.
- Battlefield 3: Aftermath – Coming December 2012.
- Battlefield 3: End Game – Coming March 2013.
You can also pick up the one-of-a-kind ACB-90 knife, new dog tags, soldier camos, weapon camos and a handful of unique Assignments. Premium is a great investment if you’re a fan of Double XP weekends, want to take advantage of strategy guides, videos and tips directly from DICE, or if you just want to save a little money because you were going to buy all five packs anyway.
(There has been no discussion about whether this will be the sum total of downloadable expansion packs for BF3, but the title of that fifth one there is a little ominous…!)
The best thing about Battlefield 3 Premium? It’s available now, and you can start enjoying the benefits as soon as you sign up. Off you go, then!