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Post by FraktuRe @ 12:53am 08/03/12 | 35 Comments
Ea and DICE have just announced 3 new expansions for their modern FPS Battlefield 3, the ground breaking Frostbite 2.0 powered military shooter with ultimate destruction levels.

The first DLC pack is called Close Quarters.
The HD Destruction in Close Quarters lets players riddle the environment with bullets, reducing entire locales to ruin. Everything from furniture to plaster can be shot to pieces, and players can see the result of the mayhem as rubble and broken pieces pile up on the floor.

The tight level design and many opportunities for vertical gameplay mean players will need to bring their A game if they want to stay alive in this highly competitive theater of war.

This fall will also bring the expansion pack Battlefield 3: Armored Kill. Featuring all-out vehicle warfare with new tanks, ATV’s, and mobile artillery, it also includes the biggest map in Battlefield history. Come winter, it is time for the fourth expansion pack Battlefield 3: End Game.
Two other DLC packs have also been named, with one being held tightly under wraps, and the other being all about vehicles and large maps.
Battlefield 3: Armored Kill – Following the tight infantry gameplay of Battlefield 3: Close Quarters, DICE will release Battlefield 3: Armored Kill that ups the ante for vehicular mayhem as only Battlefield can do. Featuring new driveable tanks, ATVs, mobile artillery and more, Battlefield 3: Armored Kill also delivers huge battlefields for an all-out vehicle assault, including the biggest map in Battlefield history.

Battlefield 3: End Game – The fourth expansion pack will ship in the winter but details remain tightly guarded.
What is sounding like some really solid DLC, it seems EA and DICE are pulling out the big guns, so make sure you keep an eye on AusGamers where we will have all the latest news.

Battlefield 3: Close Quarters will be available on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 June 2012. More information is due to be released on March 13.



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Latest Comments
infi
Posted 12:58am 08/3/12
hmmm sounds like cod. but i'll buy it :p
FraktuRe
Posted 01:01am 08/3/12
There's supposed to be more info on the bf blog but it's getting hammered and I can't get to it.

http://blogs.battlefield.com/2012/03/new-bf3-expansion-pack-announced
DeadlyDav0
Posted 01:04am 08/3/12
3 new reason why i will not be spending any more time playing BF3.
Nitro
Posted 02:00am 08/3/12
F*** yeah I'm keen.
Eorl
Posted 08:50am 08/3/12
3 new reason why i will not be spending any more time playing BF3.

Why? If these expansions give players a good, decent amount of action for a cheaper price then CoD's lol4maps than I think we have a winner.
Rdizz
Posted 08:54am 08/3/12
yeah. should be included with the game from the get go imo.

expansion packs are the ultimate annoyance for stealing cash.
Twisted
Posted 09:28am 08/3/12
Why? If these expansions give players a good, decent amount of action for a cheaper price then CoD's lol4maps than I think we have a winner.
Because you're supporting something which developers used to provide for free. Lots of features are 100% left out of games deliberately during development with an eye to leach more money out of customers.
Eorl
Posted 09:50am 08/3/12
That is true, and I've never liked DLC packs that nickle your for every dime, but I feel like this might be that little bit more, in that each expansion pack is offering more then just maps, but guns, achievements and vehicles.

scuzzy
Posted 09:57am 08/3/12
I like how the description for the first DLC describes the other DLC's
  • Check your corners as death can come from any angle
  • Play in new ways, mixing team play and instant action>
  • What is this f***** tree? those are not fetures

    last edited by scuzzy at 09:57:38 08/Mar/12
    kirkoswald
    Posted 10:18am 08/3/12
    VOICE CHAT ?? the current system sucks! It should be clear and easy to use with in a squat OF RANDOM PEOPLE!
    DeadlyDav0
    Posted 11:04am 08/3/12
    yeah. should be included with the game from the get go imo. expansion packs are the ultimate annoyance for stealing cash.

    Agree.

    Because you're supporting something which developers used to provide for free. Lots of features are 100% left out of games deliberately during development with an eye to leach more money out of customers.

    Agree.

    in that each expansion pack is offering more then just maps, but guns, achievements and vehicles.

    For me, i dont care (at all) about achievements, i dont use vehicles (apart from riding in 1 to go from A to B) and the guns are pretty much all the same anyway IMO. New maps are cool but i bought my original BF3 game CD key for approx $25, and now they want approx $20 for karkand (which to me is just another 4 maps) and now even more DLCs. For fans i can understand the joy of new maps and weapons and if i loved the game i would be all over this but i think DLCs are an easy cash in on s*** that used to be given for free. Didnt COD 4 and 5 get free map packs in the patches?

    In particular, the first DLC mentions destructible environments something that i loved in BFBC2 but think is really lacking in BF3 and should have been included from the start or at least added in with a patch.
    kappa
    Posted 11:09am 08/3/12
    Map looks USAS + frag round friendly.
    scuzzy
    Posted 11:19am 08/3/12
    Map looks USAS + frag round friendly.
    God I hope they nerf that combination.
    Khel
    Posted 11:33am 08/3/12
    They can't just keep pushing a game back indefinitely to add everything in they want, that s*** gets scoped out and locked down way early in the development process, so DLC gives them an avenue to add stuff in that they didn't have the time or resources to do as part of the initial development cycle, sounds good to me.

    Yeah, theres some companies that use DLC as a way to screw more money out of people and go about it in really dodgy ways (Capcom, I'm looking at you), but thats not ALWAYS the case, theres tonnes of games that have had really good DLC that was well worth the few dollars it cost.
    kappa
    Posted 11:38am 08/3/12
    God I hope they nerf that combination.

    Haha I know. But I'll keep using it until they do.
    Eorl
    Posted 11:41am 08/3/12
    Hey, at least it isn't Prototype 2 with it's 55 pieces of DLC.
    Tombo
    Posted 11:47am 08/3/12
    It's day 1 DLC that im fundamentally against because theres no excuse for it, but if they consistently release DLC packs across a long amount of time? yes f'ing please ill take it, also i thought these were going to be free? the first one appears to be a mappack so i assume that one could be free, but the others appear to be much more deluxe so i will be ok with paying up to 10 dollars for them.
    Dan
    Posted 12:23pm 08/3/12
    Because you're supporting something which developers used to provide for free. Lots of features are 100% left out of games deliberately during development with an eye to leach more money out of customers.
    I wholeheartedly agree that games that do this are bad form, but to accuse Battlefield 3 of being an incomplete game when it shipped because these upcoming expansions weren't included in the box is utterly farcical.
    Pirroh
    Posted 12:34pm 08/3/12
    I can't imagine "the biggest map in battlefield history" will be very fun on consoles. El Alamien could feel empty with 64 players let alone 24.
    Sc00bs
    Posted 12:38pm 08/3/12
    f*** consoles, get some 124 player madness happening =)
    Outlaw
    Posted 12:43pm 08/3/12
    Agree with Dan and Eorl

    Come back next week for the first gameplay trailer and screenshots from Battlefield 3: Close Quarters.


    I'll be back
    Pharcyde
    Posted 12:49pm 08/3/12
    I wholeheartedly agree that games that do this are bad form, but to accuse Battlefield 3 of being an incomplete game when it shipped because these upcoming expansions weren't included in the box is utterly farcical.


    This is spot-on. If you want to rail against publishers charging money to unlock integral parts of the game that are either A) Already on the disc, or B) Downloadable content that _should_ have been shipped with the main product, that's fine. But give credit where credit's due. Learn to look at things objectively, rather than painting anything marketed as "DLC" with the same, s***-smeared brush.

    Battlefield 3 (and these expansions) do not fall into that category. It shipped with a massive array of weapons, a great assortment of maps, and even a free expansion (when preordered) offering more guns and more maps. This is brand new content, actual extra content that will supplement the already excellent, complete game nicely. You have to decide whether or not you will fork out your hard-earned for these features or not obviously, but it certainly doesn't fall into the same category as Oblivion's horse armour, stupid weapon skin packs, short extra 'missions' that cost far more than they should etc.

    Get a f*****g grip.
    Tombo
    Posted 12:52pm 08/3/12
    Pharcyde said it right.
    DeadlyDav0
    Posted 01:07pm 08/3/12
    When i last played BF3 it had serious flaws (lag/hit detection, disconnections, fail battlelog etc), not to mention the hours i spent getting origin to work on my PC. Rather than pumping out DLC, i would rather they fix the game.

    I certainly dont think BF3 DLC is as bad as other DLCs out there but i prefer the good old days where IMO expansion packs warranted the extra cash, i dont think DLCs such as BF3's warrant more than say $5-10 given that weapons are really just a change of skin and slight stat changes. Im all for new maps but when the gameplay is lacking, i dont want more maps.

    As i said, if you love BF3 i can see the appeal of these DLCs and think they are money well spent.
    scuzzy
    Posted 01:02pm 08/3/12
    I just hate the way it segregates the players, got a bunch of friends who play but one missing a map pack? oh you can't always play with him now.
    Twisted
    Posted 01:03pm 08/3/12
    I wholeheartedly agree that games that do this are bad form, but to accuse Battlefield 3 of being an incomplete game when it shipped because these upcoming expansions weren't included in the box is utterly farcical.
    I don't think anyone said the game was shipped incomplete, I had a look through the comments and I don't see where anyone has said this. I don't have a problem with expansions either, they're fine. I have a problem with DLC/micro-transactions. And yes, I will smear all DLC with the same s*** covered brush, because the whole concept is a rip.
    Tollaz0r!
    Posted 01:05pm 08/3/12
    If I was Dice, I wouldn't call them DLC.

    I would bundle them all together (or just the first 2) and call it an Expansion, and charge a reasonable price for an expansion.

    DLC is continuing to new levels of shame every couple of months it seems and is fast becoming a dirty word. I wouldn't use it if I had the choice, particularly after the Capcom debacle.

    copuis
    Posted 01:06pm 08/3/12
    DLC's at a fair, low, and reasonable price however, i have no problem with

    $24 is a simple money grab, had the pack been $5 (which EA/DICE would still have made money on) there would be less resentment

    i'll not buy the DLC's till the price is fairer, will i b**** and complain about it, no,
    Dan
    Posted 01:15pm 08/3/12
    Twisted and Tollazor, you guys need to realise that DLC is an expansion. For some reason, the word expansion has remained synonymous with a boxed retail release that requires the original game to run for some people and that's simply not the case. Almost the only people I can think of that are still doing it that way are Blizzard with WoW and that's a pretty special case because as an mmo, the game regularly receives frequent smaller DLC with every patch.

    Downloadable content is just a more efficient way of delivering an expansion and although it means that developers can be flexible with the amount of content they provide and the frequency that they provide it, recent trends are seeing a shift towards less frequent meatier releases with most games.
    Khel
    Posted 01:17pm 08/3/12
    And yes, I will smear all DLC with the same s*** covered brush, because the whole concept is a rip.


    Why is it a rip? DLC for games like Mass Effect 2, Fallout 3, Alan Wake, Burnout Paradise, Mortal Kombat all was pretty awesome. I'm sure theres many otheres but thats just the ones I remembered off the top of my head, but all that DLC was stuff made above and beyond the original game that really added to it. I'd imagine we'll get some pretty cool DLC for Skyrim too at some point.

    Yeah theres a few rotten apples in there, and they're at risk of spoiling the whole bunch, but theres still a lot of times where DLC is good.
    qmass
    Posted 02:19pm 08/3/12
    You guys get an email from EA saying your forum is being too negative about DLC or something?
    Bromby
    Posted 02:59pm 08/3/12
    What Pharcyde said

    /haters
    BladeRunner
    Posted 06:45pm 08/3/12
    I would say CoD is pretty much a money grab, only a few maps and no new weapons or gadgets. DICE on the other hand seem to have this whole DLC thing down pat. So it seems the next few pieces of DLC have a theme, Close Quarters combat, Armoured Vehicles and unannounced one. These would also include weapons and gadgets. This is actually worth paying for.

    Most DLC that I know of don't really do this. Skyrim's DLC will also have a good sized DLC I hear.
    darkjedi
    Posted 10:17pm 08/3/12
    Milking the DLC gravy train you say? Why has no one mentioned Railworks or any of the other Train sims on Steam? What's that? $20 for a new Steam Train model? Sign me up!

    If it adds a decent amount of content and isn't just 'lol-horse armour', then I'm all for it. However on-disc, day 0 DLC can go get screwed royally.
    Eorl
    Posted 10:25pm 08/3/12
    Milking the DLC gravy train you say? Why has no one mentioned Railworks or any of the other Train sims on Steam? What's that? $20 for a new Steam Train model? Sign me up!

    If it adds a decent amount of content and isn't just 'lol-horse armour', then I'm all for it. However on-disc, day 0 DLC can go get screwed royally.

    Heh, Railworks 3: Train Simulator has $1744.08 worth of DLC. Though that's an exception to the DLC rule, because that is digitalising train collection, a very large hobby and a very old one as well. A lot of people will spend a great deal of money on limited edition trains etc, so making them cheaper and digital was a great way for collectors to experience it all.
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