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Post by Dan @ 10:13am 19/05/11 | 21 Comments
In the lead up to the hugely anticipated Battlefield 3, DICE continue to share their development process on the official Battlefield Blog. The latest update features more details on the planned map pack "Back to Karkand", discussing another of the remade classic Battlefield maps that it will feature, the iconic Wake Island.
What guided the design for Wake Island back in the original game?

The basic premise was that we looked at how real-life Wake Island [from the Pacific Theatre in WWII] looks today. We knew we couldn’t do it to scale, but that kind of one-to-one fidelity wasn’t really of interest to us. Funny thing is, it was in fact downscaled so much due to a decimal error in programming. The map was originally meant to be bigger, but the involuntary downsizing created a very cool and concentrated gaming experience.
One new piece of Wake Island BF3 concept art can now be found here on AusGamers.

The Back to Karkand map pack will be available "post launch" for free to customers that pre-order Battlefield 3 and at a yet-to-be-specified purchase cost to those that buy the game after release.

The map pack is being developed by the same internal DICE team that handled the recent Vietnam DLC for Battlefield Bad Company 2.

Battlefield 3 is due on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in holiday season 2011.



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Latest Comments
Tollaz0r!
Posted 10:27am 19/5/11
Gees, they are really going hard to get the pre-orders up.
TiT
Posted 10:31am 19/5/11
WIll pre-order once on steam... put it on steam and everyone will pre-order
fade
Posted 10:31am 19/5/11
jizz
lateral
Posted 11:05am 19/5/11


omg omg omg.

d^
Posted 11:07am 19/5/11
Concept looks great.
FraktuRe
Posted 01:53pm 19/5/11
Wake island is such a s***** map though :(

Will pre-order once on steam... put it on steam and everyone will pre-order


yep, pretty much this.
DeadlyButters
Posted 04:10pm 19/5/11
it looks basically the same f**** layout as the original only modern jesus cant they make new maps or something
Deviouz
Posted 04:25pm 19/5/11
wake island is heaps fun
natslovR
Posted 04:51pm 19/5/11
Karkand is awesome. Prefer it over wake.
Timmeh
Posted 04:55pm 19/5/11
it looks basically the same f**** layout as the original only modern

Thats the point.
Reverend Evil
Posted 05:03pm 19/5/11
F*** yeah. How awesome was Wake Island when BF1942 came out? Nice simple maps but heaps of fun.
E.T.
Posted 05:06pm 19/5/11
Their concept art is pretty f*****g cool.
Just bring it already will ya.
Llian
Posted 07:38pm 19/5/11
Love love love this idea. Nostalgia plus.
Desert combat mod anyone?
ctd
Posted 10:02pm 19/5/11

it looks basically the same f**** layout as the original only modern jesus cant they make new maps or something

ATM they are pimping the map pack which specialises in bf1942/bf2 maps. I'm sure the full game will have new maps.
HyperJ
Posted 12:16am 20/5/11
it looks basically the same f**** layout as the original only modern jesus cant they make new maps or something
that would be why its called wake island....
Gonna start saving for a new rig now.

I hope they make the destroyer controllable like in 1942, loved taking it around the side of the island and shelling the runway.
Horizon
Posted 12:24am 20/5/11
Nothing new here, what is going on with the press releases with this game! I want some incentive to spend a chunk of my hard earned cash, not a rehash of a rehash which makes me cringe knowing that it will split the online community upon release.

I'm all for graphic enhancement but what is new about any of this, should i expect bad company 3 to be the same maps with frostbite 2.0? I hope they release something more substantial soon to make me want to take a chance and pre-order.
reLapse
Posted 01:25am 20/5/11
If the rest of the maps aren't great we'll just be back to playing two of the most popular maps, boring.
Cat Scratch
Posted 12:17pm 20/5/11
I hope they are putting a lot more effort into NEW mp maps, rather than creating the opportunity for there to be servers that run only Karkand and Wake 24/7

I'm still pre-ordering......

Concept art always makes me laugh - there are bomb creators and damage everywhere - and even a totaled carrier - but the runway is in pristine condition....
Ryan
Posted 02:36pm 20/5/11
Karkand and Jellybad (Road to Jalalabad) were the best f*****g maps.
Then going into infantry only mode on them was just breathtaking, the strategy and teamwork required to succeed is just nothing any game can provide today.
Reverend Evil
Posted 02:53pm 20/5/11
Desert combat mod anyone?

F*** yeah. I spent hours and hours playing that mod. Action Q2, Unreal Tournament facing worlds and Desert Combat was where it was at. I miss those days.
andrewus
Posted 03:27pm 20/5/11
wake was best map ever. bf1942 multi demo. best. ever.
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