Wake up Battlefield 3 fans, the first batch of downloadable content is swiftly coming down the pipe line toward your gaming machine of choice, with Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand. You can expect to see Back to Karkand available for download on the PlayStation Network tomorrow, December 6th, and then followed shortly by the PC and Xbox 360 versions on December 13th. For PlayStation 3 owners who recall being shorted out on a free copy 1943 back in October, this early release will be EA’s way of trying (and most likely failing) to make it up to you. It does seem like a tactless gesture from EA to apologize to PS3 owners for giving them less than what they paid for by ‘allowing’ them to buy something else in the future, but there you have it. I must have missed that tactic in my copy of Zen and the Art of Video Game Consumerism…
However, casting any possible grudges aside, the expansion itself seems to pack a serious punch, adding an impressive list of features and updates to your favorite new shooter. Aside from adding three new vehicles, ten new weapons, conquest mode, and five new achievements/trophies for you to unlock, Back to Karkand will be remastering four of the most popular maps from previous Battlefield games using the power of the Frostbite 2 engine. These new maps, which include Wake Island, Gulf of Oman, Sharqi Peninsula, and Strike at Karkand, will feature updated visuals, and enhanced environmental destruction for you and your rocket launcher to take advantage of.
You can pick up this expansion pack for $14.99 or 1200 Microsoft Points either tomorrow or on the 13th. If you are excited by this news, or are satisfied with the expansion after purchase, you will be happy to note that more DLC is still on the way in the future. According to Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President of the EA Game Lable, “the launch of Battlefield 3 was only the beginning as EA [we] vows to keep the game alive with additional content and gameplay improvements in the months ahead.” Seeing how Battlefield 3 was EA’s biggest launch title in history, it’s not surprising that they will do their best to keep people interested (at least until Battlefield 4). I personally think the price is a little high on this expansion, but I will likely be picking it up some time in the future. Be sure to check it out!
Source: Battlefield 3.com