Battlefield 3 has been a very lucrative proposition for EA. Not only has the game sold millions and millions of copies, the publisher has revealed that Battlefield 3 Premium has sold 2 million subscriptions to date. Battlefield 3 Premium retails at $50 and gives players free and early access to all DLC, plus new assignments, double XP weekends, and more. Back in late July, EA announced that over 1.3 million players had purchased Premium, now that number has reached 2 million. And there’s plenty of incentive to get Premium: there are still two DLC packs waiting for release: next month’s Aftermath, and early next year we’ll get End Game.
The upcoming Battlefield 3 DLC, called “Aftermath”, will be coming next month, and DICE have released some new details about the expansion.
Battlefield 3 Aftermath will include 4 new maps, which will be called “Telemarket”, “Markaz Monolith”, “Epicenter”, and “Saadi Palace”. Since Aftermath takes place just after an earthquake, expect a lot of buildings in ruin, rubble in the streets, and such. DICE producer Craig Mcleod recently said in an interview that while the maps will start of “destroyed”, players will still be able to use destruction in the game, and collapse buildings.
Battlefield 3 Aftermath will be released in December 2012, and will include 4 new maps, new character models, new “Scavenger” mode, new weapons, and new vehicles. Expect the usual array of new assignments, awards, as well as dog tags. Aftermath will be free to Premium members, while regular players will have to fork up $15 for the DLC.
At this time about a year ago, Battlefield 3 was released into the wild. Since then, it’s become one of the most played online multiplayer games of today. Battlefield 3 has been improved with several expansions, including Back To Karkand, Close Quarters, and Armored Kill. In addition, a Battlefield Premium service launched, giving players early access to DLC and other exclusive content. And while Battlefield 4 is scheduled for launch in 2013, Battlefield 3 is far from done. There are still two more expansions in the pipeline: Aftermath, which will be released this December, and End Game, scheduled for release in early 2013.
So, a year has passed, players have spent millions of hours raking in millions of kills online. Do you still play the game? What would you wish to be added to Battlefield 3 in the future? Let us know in the comments section!
DICE has released a trailer for the upcoming Battlefield 3 DLC called “Aftermath”. The trailer showcases the new urban environments — Aftermath takes place right after a large Earthquake, with the city in ruins. The trailer reveals a lot of details about the new DLC, including new player skins, a new weapon — crossbow — new vehicles, assignments, and a new game mode. Aftermath will be released on December and will feature 4 new multiplayer maps.
A new Battlefield 3 Armored Kill server side patch will be released later today. It will fix some issues and tweak gameplay. The main changes affect the Gunship in Armored Kill, which will now have a 60 second spawn delay regardless of server spawn settings. This is because some servers with modified vehicle respawn times made it difficult to capture the flag controlling the gunship. The gunship in the Rush mode has also been tweaked.
The new patch also fixes some bugs, like improved server stability and a fix to the radio beacon exploit where players could spawn on the roof of buildings not meant to be included in games. You can find the full patch release notes here.
The Battlelog web service is an integral part of the Battlefield 3. It’s practically used as the main menu for PC players, and there’s no doubt that it’s a piece of very advanced web technology. EA has now announced that they’ve acquired the developers of the Battlelog framework, ESN. ESN is a Swedish platform developer who have been working on gaming web technology for 10 years.
As you know, Battlelog offers all sorts of stats tracking and social networking features for Battlefield 3, and is deeply integrated with the game, especially the PC version. With the announcement, EA also confirmed that the upcoming Medal of Honor Warfighter will support Battlelog.
This week, our beloved Battlefield franchise turns 10 years old. It all started in 2002 with Battlefield 1942, which set the standard for multiplayer shooters. It featured planes, tanks, and all sorts of vehicle and infantry warfare, all at the same time on giant maps. Since then the franchise has gone from WW2, to the Vietnam war, to way out in the future (2142). Personally, Battlefield 2 has always been my favorite. Oh, so many great memories.
What’s your favorite Battlefield game? And why? Let us know in the comments section!
It seems there’s a glitch in the PS3 Battlefield 3 plaform where gamers can get BF3 Premium for free. Sorry guys, this only seems to be happening on PS3.
As reported by justpushstart.com, it seems to be really simple which would suggest a glitch and not a hack or anything of that kind. All you need to do is start BF3, go to the in game store, set the settings to “All”. Then locate Premium which is at the bottom of the list. It should be listed as free and available to download. This only works if you have the PS3 Battlefield 3 disc.
Not sure how long it will last. Probably not long but hey, anything free is good if you consider it cost $49.99 in the online PS3 store.
Cheating is still a big problem in Battlefield 3. To make matters worse, the “Report” button on Battlelog has never worked properly — many reported cheaters are still playing and ruining the game for everyone else. Now there’s hope on the horizon: DICE has improved the “Report” player functionality, which now lets users report cheaters and stats padders, and lets them submit links to Battle reports, select the soldier that’s suspected of cheating. DICE promises that reported cheaters will be manually checked by the anti-cheat team at DICE. Hopefully the system will work better this time.
If you’re still not excited about the Armored Kill DLC, the launch trailer will surely put you over the top. Armored Kill is already out to Premium members on the PlayStation 3 and will be rolled out over the next few weeks to everyone else. Check out the full release schedule here. DICE has also released a patch along side the DLC, which brings a ton of weapon and vehicle tweaks. You can find the full patch notes here.