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Monday, 07 February 2011 09:42

Karkand headed to Battlefield 3?

Written by David Stellmack
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To be bundled in Limited Edition version
As more information on Battlefield 3 has trickled out from the DICE camp since the release of the first teaser trailer for the game, most Battlefield fans have a lot more questions than answers. One of the latest questions that we appear to have an answer to is exactly what the Limited Edition version of Battlefield 3 will include.

According to some advertising art work for Battlefield 3 that has made its way out a bit ahead of schedule, those that purchase the Limited Edition version of Battlefield 3 will be in for a real treat, as the Back to Karkand DLC pack will be included as the big perk for purchasing the Limited Edition version of the game. Our sources tell us that they believe the artwork is genuine and this is what the plan is from DICE.

The Back to Karkand DLC pack is said to offer four maps from Battlefield 2, including Strike at Karkand, that have been re-imagined using the Frostbite 2 engine that will power Battlefield 3. The new maps will offer all of the full destruction and physics effects that are a core part of the Frostbite engine technology.

In addition, the Karkand DLC pack is said to offer all of the classic Battlefield 2 weapons and vehicles for players to use. The Karkand DLC pack is also said to have its own special rewards as well as achievements/trophies for players to obtain.

The term Limited Edition might be a bit of a stretch, as Electronic Arts has been using this strategy of offering a “Limited Edition” version of the title when the first shipment arrives at retailers to encourage pre-orders, and help those sitting on the fence as to purchase of a game feel like they are getting more value for the money. Sources tell us that Battlefield 3 will be no different and the Limited Edition version will be the first version of the game that shows up at retailers for the same price.

Besides the first real in-depth look at Battlefield 3 during a scheduled talk as GDC, it is then expected the title will get a more formal look during E3 in June when it is expected DICE (in conjunction with EA) will announce a release date, which right now is only confirmed as this fall 2011.

Retailers we spoke with expect to be able to start accepting pre-orders for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC versions of Battlefield 3 next week. It is currently unknown if the PC version will officially be offered for $10 less than the console versions, but sources whisper to us that because of the “special attention” the PC version is getting this time around, we would not count on it.


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0 #1 guideX 2011-02-07 10:42
Road to jalalabad was better. The only good part of Karkand was the row of three spawn points... the rest was good but nothing special. I used to play the map all the time but when Jalalabad came out i just could not see the point anymore..
 
 
+5 #2 B0GiE-uk- 2011-02-07 14:21
Wake Island and Gulf of Oman again please!
 
 
+1 #3 bobrollins 2011-02-07 17:04
It's currently available for Pre-order on EA's store for $49.99 for the PC.

http://eastore.ea.com/store/ea/en_US/DisplayProductDetailsPage/ThemeID.718200/productID.224766400
 
 
0 #4 yourma2000 2011-02-07 17:46
Wouldn't pre-order anything until I see some trailers and demos, not stupid collages of warfare which aren't taken from from ingame
 
 
+3 #5 alick 2011-02-07 19:06
for this to really be bf3 in my eyes
it needs the wide variety of vehicles bf2 had planes choppers
it needs co-op with lan support
and mods
 
 
+3 #6 Blizzard 2011-02-07 19:26
To be nice - the game must change just luck - but not the essence!!!

For me playing for around - 5 years BF2

More brilliant than than this maps - i doubt DICE can do:
[Strike at Karkand, Road to Jalalabad, Sharqi Peninsula, Mashtuur City, Kubra Dam, Daqing Oilfields, Great Wall]
 
 
-1 #7 TechHog 2011-02-07 22:44
Quoting bobrollins:
It's currently available for Pre-order on EA's store for $49.99 for the PC.

http://eastore.ea.com/store/ea/en_US/DisplayProductDetailsPage/ThemeID.718200/productID.224766400

Gotta love Faud's mudslinging.
 
 
+2 #8 ViperSpec 2011-02-07 22:56
They just did a large article on it in GameInformer. Straight from DICE it is supposed to have PC exclusive large 64 player gameplay. On top of that, ALL the vehicles (Choppers and Jets included.) They cut the commander position but gave back prone as well. They also claimed they were leading the development on the PC platform and it would be ported to the console instead of the other way around. It is supposed to also have a single player campaign and a Co-op for it as well. Though I can say I don't know if I give a damn about the campaign, I will probably try it. It SOUNDS promising, but before too long we will see just how much BS they are feeding us.
 
 
+2 #9 ViperSpec 2011-02-07 22:59
Oh, and they also claimed there would be no developing tools released to the modding communtity initially, due to the complexity of the Frostbite 2 engine. They claim they don't have the time and resources to devote to making the tools as they are concentrating on perfecting the game itself. Though, there could still be a release of modding tools down the road. Who knows.
 

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