Battlefield 3 Changes The Game With 3 Themed Expansion Packs

Eschewing the normal practice of releasing intermittent "piecemeal" map packs, DICE intends to deliver three completely new experiences to Battlefield 3 players this year in the form of a trio of expansion packs, delivering new game modes, "innovative" gameplay, and unique environments with each release. It's maps plus!

Judging by the official descriptions, each of these three expansion packs will focus on a particular aspect of Battlefield 3 gameplay. For instance, in June EA and DICE will release Battlefield 3: Close Quarters, an infantry-only expansion that promises an intensified experience for the foot soldier, complete with new weapons, assignments and unique dog tags.

Fall will see the release of Battlefield 3: armoured Kill. It's a vehicle-based expansion, so expect new tanks, ATVs, some mobile artillery, and massive maps, including what the official release calls "the biggest map in Battlefield history". The plane swapping videos will never end.

Finally, winter brings Battlefield 3: End Game. DICE isn't ready to spill the beans on this one yet, so feel free to wildly speculate. Perhaps there'll be a boss fight against a giant robot. Maybe we'll all get kitten backpacks.

Via press release Battlefield 3 executive producer Patrick Bach said, "Instead of delivering piecemeal map packs, we're giving players a completely new experience with every themed expansion pack to keep the action fresh. Our expansions are designed to excite our large and active fan base while attracting new recruits with gameplay that is dynamic and unpredictable every time."

Kitten backpacks that change colour every time you play?

This whole thing sounds like a reaction to Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 content season, which rolls out new maps on a regular basis throughout the year. Where Battlefield 3 is going, they don't need maps.

Well, not just maps.


Comments

    Battlefield has always had better DLC than CoD which is normally one or two maps for $20 or more. I consider that type of DLC a waste of money and should be outlawed. DLCs should have more and BF3 will do just that. They'll set a good standard for other FPS to follow...directed towards CoD games and hopefully they will start doign the same.

      What should be outlawed is spending $3 just to get some stupid spinning Halo orb around your Xbox Live avatar OR spending $1.99 just to get a new pair of virtual baby pink socks.

      Unfortunately though, there is no silver bullet when it comes to removing stupidity from society. There is always some moron who will buy this stuff there by justifying it being on the marketplace.

    Can't wait to see what's in the Armoured Kill pack

      No doubt it will be like the BF2 Armoured Pack with maybe more armoured vehicles and larger maps.

    While the map may be freakin' amazing (which I'm sure it will be), 3-month wait for 1 new map, a dozen weapons a few new assignments, really? That's pretty ridiculous, I love Battlefield but I've stopped playing simply because I'm sick of the same maps over and over and was hoping we wouldn't have to wait so long for the next DLC, guess I was wrong.. sigh.

    I welcome any new content for battlefield 3, well for multiplayer anyways.

    They should redo vietnam, 1942 and even 2142 in the new engine, I would buy it, all of it!

      They already did a Vietnam for Bad Company 2.

        So they should do 2142 for Battlefield 3.
        Titan mode!!!
        :D

          Stu - There are rumours of a BF 2143 in the works so you might get your wish with that

    As long as at least one of those expansions has a snow map I'll be happy

    "Our expansions are designed to excite our large and active fan base"

    You know what'd excite me? Getting the Australian servers working again. Can't really imagine why anybody would or should pay for these expansions if we won't actually be able to play them.

    I'd rather them fix all the technical issues and balance the game play more rather than coming out with a big steaming pile of smoke and mirrors crap in a weak David Copperfield attempt to hide the issues.

    Bring on BC3. Bring back the fun.

    Hopefully Battlefield 3: armoured Kill. will have a Jet only map

      I don't understand the call for airborne only maps or people who won't leave a spawn unless it's in a chopper or jet. Why not go play a flight simulator if that's all you're interested in?

        Purely because with Flight Simulators, there isn't a whole deal of an online community for them. I play them myself and it's very difficult to find a populated server that isn't private for a squadron or just have rediculous rules that take the fun out of flying simulators.

    I don't think this will be enough to bring my soldier out of retirement. Making it so the game doesn't crash randomly or disconnect me for no apparent reason might though.

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