With the announcement of Battlefield 3, it was revealed that the Limited Edition of the game would include new content called “Back to Karkand”, which will feature 4 Battlefield 2 maps remade for Battlefield 3, in addition to a few BF2 weapons and vehicles. Those who do not get the Limited Edition will be able to download DLC 30 days after release, although it’s unclear whether it’ll be free or not.
By offering old, remade maps from the get go, we worry that the new, original BF3 maps would take a back seat to the classics like Karkand and Wake Island, because we fear most players will flock to the old, familiar maps — after all, Karkand was by far the most popular BF2 map and has since received a cult status among fans — in some ways Karkand is to Battlefield what de_dust is to Counter-Strike.
Battlefield 2 veterans could be prone to just dive into the old maps without giving the new maps much consideration. We ourselves would be more thrilled to play Karkand than any other BF3 map (even if we don’t know what they look like).
Another reason why this is initially a bad idea is the age old debate on regular vs. special edition packages: the new content would split the player base into two groups right from the start: those who have the new maps, weapons and vehicles, and those who don’t. Limited Edition and Special Edition players have always received a bit more up front, like a weapon or something similar. But this time, the gap seems quite large. There’s nothing wrong with some players having more content (DLC) than others, but doing it from the beginning can pose some problems.
We’re not against remaking Karkand and ther BF2 maps, it’s a great idea, but perhaps a DLC like this would be better suited six months or even a year after the release of BF3, as a way of keeping the players interested and maybe wooing some BF2 players over to BF3. And while we can’t wait to replay our favorite BF2 maps in BF3, we can’t help but feel that some players, especially BF2 veterans like us, would simply flock to the old maps, instead of trying out the brand new, original Battlefield 3 maps.
The idea would be to let the players get familiar with the new maps before moving on to remakes.