Bad Company 2 getting updated BC1 maps

DICE dishes details on VIP Map Pack 7; will contain original Bad Company's Oasis and Harvest Day environments; no release date announced.

Battlefield: Bad Company has pushed over 5 million units since debuting early this year. In the time that has past, the title has played host to a number of downloadable packs, as well as the cooperative Onslaught mode. Now, Swedish series developer DICE is gearing up for another virtual assault.

DICE today announced VIP Map Pack 7, a content expansion pack different from the six before it. The pack will contain updated Battlefield: Bad Company maps Oasis and Harvest Day, as well as two new environments from Bad Company 2's single-player: Cold War and Heavy Metal. The downloadable content will be free for gamers with VIP access. VIP membership is free with new copies of the game and $15 otherwise.

Oasis returns to combat in Bad Company 2.

The original Bad Company environments have been updated with Destruction 2.0, "enhanced graphics and lighting," as well as remastered ambient sounds.

According to DICE level designer Cristian Pavel, not much was lost in translation updating the original Bad Company maps for play in Bad Company 2.

"The map has not been changed drastically, so returning players will feel right at home the moment they step into this Oasis," Pavel said. "The revised parts of the levels are minor. For example, the gold crates in BC1 were located on the rooftops, which we can't have now that entire buildings can collapse. So we had to put the crates on the ground in some places. Things like that."

Unfortunately, DICE was short on details surrounding Cold War and Heavy Metal. However, the developer did note that Heavy Metal is one of the largest environments the studio has ever built and promised more details on the map will arrive this Wednesday. For more on Battlefield: Bad Company 2, check out GameSpot's review.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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Knutte79
Knutte79

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afrojim525
afrojim525

pumped for oasis! I wonder whether these maps will have artillery? I doubt it.

k1ll8_saurav
k1ll8_saurav

@106743 The Ka-52 was seen prominently throughout the campaign, so it wasn't used only once. And what reason would DICE have for the Ka-52 to appear anyway? It could easily be replaced by the Hind or Havoc. Not saying that I don't want it in the game, but what is the likelihood of it actually appearing?

106473
106473

@k1ll8_saurav The Ka-52 is a creditable Russian helicopter as well to be on only one of the maps in BF:BC (Oasis); therefore it would be rather simple to add and keep its originality.

k1ll8_saurav
k1ll8_saurav

@106473 True that. But I still highly doubt that they'll add in a new vehicle when it's not used for the rest of the game, unless they add in a bunch of other vehicles, like the rest of the MEC vehicles.

106473
106473

@k1ll8_saurav well there is a carcuss of the ka-52 on Valparaiso conquest so you never know till you see it for yourself.

k1ll8_saurav
k1ll8_saurav

Also can't wait to see how large Heavy Metal is, considering how big their original BF maps were. I'm not sure if they mean it's huge in comparison to them (PC BF) or in comparison to BC2.

k1ll8_saurav
k1ll8_saurav

@106473 I don't think they give you the Ka-52. I think they replace it with the Hind or Havoc. Sorry to burst your bubble, but they don't have the Ka-52 anymore. However, I am delighted they finally got around to a throwback map pack. Seems like DICE is listening after all. I hope they add more maps through DLC from BC1, like End of the Line (I think it was, but it was the huge map with two helicopters versing each other over that pond).

Pauly28
Pauly28

If only they could get Wake Island into the mix...one of the best maps in the entire battlefield series.

Muisee
Muisee

Thank you DICE for giving me another reason not to buy Call of Duty 11.

Trooperdx3117
Trooperdx3117

@athenian29 that is completely untrue, all of the map packs for bad company 2 have and always will come out for PC, the only thing that hasnt come out is onslaught mode

athenian29
athenian29

I heard somewhere that all of the map packs and such that DICE has released - and will release - have been/will be only on consoles. I own the game on PC, and haven't gotten to play it nearly as much as I would like, so I wouldn't know. Could somebody please confirm or deny this? Thanks.

106473
106473

Sweet we finally get to see the new Ka-50 Black-shark attack helicopter in Oasis.

Elfrancorifle
Elfrancorifle

They should put all of BC1 maps on BC2 I love all of them ^^

Sergeant_
Sergeant_

Why dont they bring back the original-original-maps of Battlefield 2? Unless thats going to happen for Bad Company 3 or that free to play project they've been working on but either way all the Battlefield 2 maps I fell in love with, there were only a few that I disliked. They should go back to their roots and dig up not only the vintage maps but also the commander mode and the ability to suggest where squads should attack or defend, those were the golden days.

hakkinnen
hakkinnen

@kevinsdb Obviously it will be out for PCs too, it's still the same game engine. Also, I don't think it's in their best interest to induce rage on the PC community :P ( which is nearly as large as the dedicated community on both PS3 and 360 )

hakkinnen
hakkinnen

And all of this for free if you get it new DICE is awesome

TheSargeGuy
TheSargeGuy

well at least its new maps cant go wrong there unless the arnt fun to play. playing bf:bc1 i can tell you oasis and harvest are fun maps, but im going to remain neutral on the other two until i see them.

oneofthefall
oneofthefall

YES! HARVEST DAY! I think im in love....

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Dice is winning hearts and minds with BFBC2.

wexorian
wexorian

expansions will be good and i'l get it probaly but not MAPPACK for maps from old game, 15$ activiosn done smae thing on 5 map all remember that? and 2 of maps were from 1st MW.

black-spiral-
black-spiral-

great news battlefields still the best fps by far

dynasty50
dynasty50

This is great and all don't get me wrong I just wish there was a release date for this and Vietnam but I digress, it's great.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

Oasis! Harvest Day! The devs have listened.

Payasoplas
Payasoplas

Great news, it would be better ones if Valley Run was one of the maps included

Pete5506
Pete5506

Both are great maps, looking forward to this

kevinsdb
kevinsdb

PC better get these maps too, since Bad Company 1 was a console exclusive.

darkcomedian
darkcomedian

As a player who still plays BC 1, this is awesome news.

gta4_2112
gta4_2112

My two favorite maps from BC1.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

@LTB__ you think activision would do that? they would charge you 90 bucks for a new gun. or a tactical nuke. no thank you

Rebornpheonix
Rebornpheonix

It's about time they gave BC2 the Oasis map. Battlefield: Bad Company is one of the few FPS multiplayers that I can keep going back to for fun matches and a constant line of new free DLC. I wish they'd add challenges/medals/awards/guns into BC2 though.

LTB__
LTB__

I really hope Treyarch treats it's fans the same way Dice does.

ferelden
ferelden

they should make a battlefield 2142 but with bc2 graphic engine that would be kewl

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

hey, activision, this is how you make a game. we battlefield fans arent going out to buy call of duty 2010. we are waiting for vip map pack 7, and then bad company 2 vietnam! wow. we get TWO MAPS FOR FREE and new maps and weapons for 15! what is better... or will save me more money..... yeah, battlefield! FOR THE WIN. now back to my hard drive dilemma...

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

free maps. full hard drive! WHY GOD WHY?!!?!

SoNin360
SoNin360

Glad I'm a VIP member :D This will definitely get me back into BC2, even with the release of Black Ops.

DFen
DFen

now this is a full package in a game like this I recommend to anyone who havent played this game yet BUY IT !!!! its waaaayyy better than moh

scorpgul
scorpgul

Awesome. Dice knows how to treat its fans

OneBadLT123
OneBadLT123

YES! But I kinda wished they would have included Ascension as well. Oh well, good enough for me

deathwish026
deathwish026

nice how they pick the 2 coolest maps!!!!!

xXRukasuXx
xXRukasuXx

Sweet, can't wait to play on the old maps again!

karan_k19
karan_k19

SWEET Thats why Dice is great!!!