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.