The annual PAX video game convention is underway, and DICE is showcasing the upcoming Battlefield 3 DLC Close Quarters. Someone managed to sneak a few minutes of Close Quarters gameplay on one of the new maps, Ziba Tower. While the footage is not perfect (it’s off screen), it does show what the new DLC is all about: very tense, close quarter-based infantry combat. Fans of the Operation Metro map should be delighted.
Battlefield 3′s upcoming DLC, Close Quarters, includes four new maps, several new weapons, and a new game mode: Conquest Domination. Since Close Quarters maps are so small, the Rush mode won’t be supported. Instead, players will get to try out Conquest Domination, which is similar to the “Domination” mode from Unreal Tournament. Conquest Domination is suited for the small, infantry-focused maps of Close Quarters, and will rely on the spawn system from Team Deathmatch. DICE says about the new mode in a new blog post:
“In particular, flag defense is suddenly more important, and you get different tactical layers due to the subtle differences the new mode provides.”
With the release of the new trailer for Battlefield 3 DLC Close Quarters, half a dozen screenshots were released as well. One screenshot in particular stands out, showing before and after images of the new “destruction HD”.
Get the screenshots while you can, EA and DICE could still claim a copyright infringement against BF3Blog, like they did yesterday.
We’ve gotten our hands on the very first Battlefield 3 Close Quarters trailer, called “Ziba Tower”. It showcases one of the new maps from Close Quarters — Ziba Tower — which is a “vertical map” as DICE calls it. It’s one of 4 maps that will be included with Close Quarters.
UPDATE: The trailer might not play anymore. Despite our work to promote the new DLC, EA and DICE have thanked us with a copyright infringement notice.
MTV got their hands on the official box art for the upcoming three Battlefield 3 DLCs: Close Quarters, Armored Kill, and End Game. While the box art (found by the guys over at MTV) isn’t of any great quality, we do get a sense of what’s in store for us. The first DLC, Close Quarters, will be released in June, with the other two in the second half of 2012. There have been some rumors that the third DLC, “End Game”, will be set in Vietnam. But that’s pure speculation at this point.
DICE’s long awaited Battlefield 3 DLC announcement has been met with mixed reactions from fans, some echoing “finally!”, while other were disappointed in the direction the first DLC, Close Quarters, was taking (just go through the 250+ comments on our post and you’ll see). We’ve also gotten the first screenshot of a Close Quarters map, which appeared very small compared to regular BF3 maps.
However, DICE isn’t promoting the new Battlefield 3 DLC as just “map packs”, as a DICE representative said during an interview at GDC:
“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.”
The quote sounds a bit PR-ish, but we’ll have to wait and see what each DLC has to offer. We’ve barely seen any gameplay or screenshots from the new DLC, nor do we have any major details. Besides a June 2012 launch for Close Quarters.
The upcoming Battlefield 3 DLC Close Quarters is, as the name suggests, based on close quarter infantry maps. The initial spec sheet from DICE revealed player sizes of 2-16, which felt kinda small. Now we have the first screenshot of a Close Quarters map, showing the map layout. And it does look very small.
I guess the new vehicles will include office chairs and mail carts.
As expected, EA and DICE finally announced some new Battlefield 3 DLC for at GDC. In total, we’ll be getting 3 DLC packs this year, the first one being “Close Quarters“, which is scheduled for release in June.
The DLC focuses on tight, indoor infantry combat, much alike on Operation Metro. This time, however, Close Quarters brings new and improved destruction to interiors, something DICE calls “HD destruction”. Close Quarters will bring new maps, weapons, assignments and dog tags. No news on how many maps the DLC will include.
This Fall, a new DLC called Armored Kill will bring more vehicle-based maps, and another DLC, called “End Game” is scheduled for release this winter.
We have the first gameplay video of Battlefield 3 Close Quarters after the break. READ ON »