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Post by Dan @ 12:06pm 31/05/12 | 20 Comments
The ever-resourceful members of the NeoGAF forums have uncovered a very credible looking fact-sheet for EA and DICE's much-rumoured premium service offering for Battlefield 3.

The document reconfirms much that we had already heard about the planned Premium Pack, serving as a bundle for downloadable content packs and featuring mostly cosmetic benefits for eager BF3 players, however there are a couple of new stand-out points. Firstly, it reveals that it's not a subscription service, seemingly rendering all those comparisons to Activision's Call of Duty Elite service inaccurate. The document explains that the pack will be offered for a one-time fee of US$49.99 or 4,000 Microsoft Points (we'd expect an Australia Tax price will likely be implemented as with other BF3 DLC).

The biggest new stand-outs appear to be sever queue-priority, the ability to reset stats at will and exclusive "members-only events", which we presume will be in the form of online tournaments.

Given that PC BF3 players rarely find themselves in server queues any more, we're not sure that one will be a big deal to non-premium players on that platform, but it might be a bit sour for the consolers out there.

You can view the full image here, but here is the bullet-list summary:
  • 2 weeks early access to all future Battlefield 3 expansion packs starting with Battlefield 3: Close Quarters.
  • Unique in-game knife
  • Unique in-game dog tags
  • 10+ unique soldier camos
  • Unique weapon camos
  • Stats reset feature
  • 10+ unique Platoon emblem decals
  • Increased Platoon emblem layers
  • Server queue priority
  • Save up to five of your favorite Battlefield Reports
  • 5+ unique Assignments
  • Exclusive events
  • Exclusive Double XP weekends
  • Exclusive videos
  • Strategy guides
  • Additional bonus content
The Battlefield 3 Premium release date is expected to coincide with the June 4th launch of the Close Quarters DLC.



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eski
Posted 12:09pm 31/5/12
Server queue priority. Jesus f*****g christ

This looks a lot like a s*** sandwich.
infi
Posted 12:21pm 31/5/12
Sounds like a load of crap. If you bought this you would need your head read.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 12:23pm 31/5/12
Hi,

We value all our customers, unless you have already paid for the game. Enjoy your server queue less valued customer.

Regards, EA and Dice.
badfunkstripe
Posted 12:42pm 31/5/12
Word is it'll be $80 AU.
Which is insane, unless you think the normal DLC price is fair.In which case you save 16 bucks if you already have B2K.

Details are out June 4th. So prob June 5 in aus.

It's a bit disingenuous to include b2k which everyone has.

So it's 16 maps, less weapons and vehicles ect. Also I think all the new weapons are just in Close Quarters.

The original game only had 9 maps. So it does add a lot I guess.

Still $80 bucks seems a bit steep.

Why would anyone new buy the game, knowing they have to pay such a huge amount.

I'll probably get it. I spend more every few months on steams on old games I play for like an hour each. So I can justify it from what I waste on games as actually being good value.
ravn0s
Posted 12:45pm 31/5/12
i thought EA was trying to improve their image.

i guess not.
Grundar
Posted 12:53pm 31/5/12
The stinger is the server queue issue - you could have payed full price and played the game religiously since release but if you don't cough up the dough well you can suck it up.

Tollaz0r put it beautifully.
Trauma
Posted 01:17pm 31/5/12
DM
Posted 01:37pm 31/5/12
My feelings exactly trauma.
parabol
Posted 01:38pm 31/5/12
sever queue-priority

What.The.F***.

That "EA In a Nutshell" video seems more accurate now.
arkter
Posted 01:49pm 31/5/12
Everything included is completely worthless... what the f*****g f*** are EA thinking? Are they trying to turn this into CoD with all the cammo BS? how long before I get shot by some douchebag with a bright red .50 and purple cammo?
fpot
Posted 01:53pm 31/5/12
I will be buying the s*** out of this can't wait.
glynd
Posted 02:20pm 31/5/12
ಠ_ಠ
Nerfy
Posted 02:49pm 31/5/12
The weird thing is that they charge the full game price again for being able to fire missiles on planes and stuff too, for a non free to play game, which you can alternatively grind up. :/
Eorl
Posted 04:33pm 31/5/12
Oh EA, never cease to amaze me. Will we see BF2143 selling gun pieces for $1 each?
Outlaw
Posted 05:31pm 31/5/12
June 4th is Game of Thrones day
Twisted
Posted 11:56am 01/6/12
This is what happens when you sell your soul to DLC retardedness. They keep taking more and more. Soon you will just be able to pay EA $0.50 and they'll kill everyone who is still alive whenever you pay.
badfunkstripe
Posted 01:40pm 01/6/12
From comments I sometimes get the feeling people miss the point that this is just buying all DLC at once.

We've known there's paid for DLC coming for a while.

If you want to only selectively buy DLC, then that's cheaper than this. It's only worth getting if you know you'll buy all DLC.

What's the problem? Or is it just the DLC should be free? Which sadly those days are long gone. For that, blame MS and Sony when they started charging developers big sums of money to release DLC and updates for games. PC just suffers as a result.
ravn0s
Posted 03:14pm 01/6/12
From comments I sometimes get the feeling people miss the point that this is just buying all DLC at once.


it's not just DLC though.
Trauma
Posted 03:21pm 01/6/12
From comments I sometimes get the feeling people miss the point that this is just buying all DLC at once.We've known there's paid for DLC coming for a while.If you want to only selectively buy DLC, then that's cheaper than this. It's only worth getting if you know you'll buy all DLC.What's the problem? Or is it just the DLC should be free? Which sadly those days are long gone. For that, blame MS and Sony when they started charging developers big sums of money to release DLC and updates for games. PC just suffers as a result.

Clearly missed the bullet point quote in the OP. I don't know how but you did.
Basket
Posted 03:30pm 01/6/12
boycott
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