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On May 12th, 2011 in Editorial

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Strike at Karkand is one of the all time greatest maps ever made, not just in the Battlefield series, but among all multiplayer games. It has the same cult status as de_dust has in Counter Strike, and we’re all thrilled that DICE is remaking the map for Battlefield 3.

Yesterday, DICE revealed the first details on the map, where they also released the first concept art of Strike at Karkand for Battlefield 3. Note that the concept art isn’t meant to represent the final map, only the look, feel, and color palette of the new version.

And we must say, the new colors are a welcomed addition to Karkand, as the BF2 version was dust colored from top to bottom — literally, every building, road, ground surface, and even the sky was a variation of a dust/yellow color. We’re glad to see some colors and variations in the architecture. So far, the new Karkand is looking good, even though we don’t have any in-game screenshots.

What do you think of the new Karkand look?


  1. ChiefRob
    May 12th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    This looks awesome!! the only thing i wish for this game is, for some Bad Company 2 maps & Rush mode , that would make this game for me more perfect!

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  2. wirrew
    May 12th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    It looks very good with the color and gamma!

    But I don’t see how the bottom picture should “be” the top picture?
    What is that big building on the bottom one? There is no building like that in the top picture…?

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  3. DaX
    May 12th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    “An early piece of concept art for the Frostbite 2 reimagining of a true classic. Meant to represent lighting and color palette only. Actual map layout will be very similar to the original.”

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  4. zip
    May 12th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Its a huge step that pc gaming has taken since bf2 got released.

    my god once I have my hands on bf 3…

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  5. PhantomFragger
    May 12th, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    If anything that looks more like concept art for Mashtuur City than Karkand, especially if you compare it to this image from BF2

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    • Cowwie
      May 12th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

      Yep Mashtuur was more of a sprawling city, like in their new concept art, Karkand was much more limited building wise.

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    • The cake
      November 25th, 2011 at 4:37 am

      Does indeed look more like Mashtuur, which I personally prefered over Karkand.

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  6. Dan
    May 12th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    looks really good :D but what i would like them 2 do is BF3 in night time aswell seeing the new frost engine in night time will look really good with the flashing light and c flying bullets from guns choopers and c a streak of light in the back ground where people are firing there rockets either from tanks or from aircrafts

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  7. SaM
    May 13th, 2011 at 12:24 am

    This reminds me of Mashtuur City and the final image after the round is complete. Honestly, besides the Black Hawk whoring on that map, Mashtuur was an awesome map — can’t wait to play the remake in BF3.

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  8. Brendissimo
    May 13th, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Strike at Karkand one of the best multiplayer maps ever? I must disagree. Karkand was popular because it was close quarters, infantry focused, and had a really low view distance and not too many objects in the map, which at the time meant people with crappy computers could run it. There were much better maps in BF2.

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    • Freeman
      May 14th, 2011 at 10:59 pm

      True, I think Gulf of Oman was better, but I still played Karkand twice as much, it’s just too addictive and there’s something about it I can’t put my finger on.

      And I doubt people played it because it ran better — it didn’t, I got the same FPS on all BF2 maps. People played Karkand because it offered great urban combat.

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  9. zip
    May 13th, 2011 at 6:21 am


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  10. Ain
    May 13th, 2011 at 11:10 am

    People should stop thinking that that’s the new Strike at Karkand look, it’s just concept art made to demonstrate the lightning and colour palette. As they said, the actual map will look pretty much the same as in BF2, which is a good thing.
    I’m looking forward to blowing up that 10 story building near the square so annoying snipers wouldn’t annoy me.

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  11. edict
    May 13th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Looks more like Mashtuur to me, with the big domed building.

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  12. Vladimir
    May 14th, 2011 at 10:33 am

    We want OLD Karkand and BF2 maps looks the same way ONLY IMPROVED GRAPHICS, dont put NEW Buildings and crap :-///

    You’ll destroy magic

    p.s. That Karkand is not karkand, its Machtur !!! men cant believe what i see ??

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    • A_A
      May 15th, 2011 at 1:33 pm

      This picture is not how the final map will look like! It’s just to show the new colouring and atmosphere! The final map will be “Very similar to BF2 Strike at Karkand” as DICE said!

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      • BF3Blog
        May 19th, 2011 at 6:53 am

        Yep. I don’t think they’ll deviate too much from the original Karkand layout.

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  13. Someone
    May 15th, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Gosh DID YOU GUYS READ THE TEXT AT ALL???? The lower picture IS NOT from Karkand but from a completely different city. It is only meant to demonstrate the colors, lightining and graphics from the new one… New Karkand WILL be pretty much the same as the old one.

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  14. tbagz
    May 17th, 2011 at 7:14 am

    YTheF* are we comparing bf2 ingame image to a concept art of bf3 map??

    apples and oranges people!

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  15. KnightOfHonor
    May 18th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    i hope u can kill every building and get in everybuilding every storie every room it would be awesome in karkands big house 32 players and three planes blow half of the house ! ┬░it would be epic win :) )) would be awesome modes where is not so big destruction and modes like harcore destruction for beast pc every building droping it would be damn awesome and nice graphic in new karkand keep up the work im building beast pc till bf3 coems out so i can play it on max :) ))

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