Battlefield 3: Aftermath DLC out Nov. 27

Fourth expansion for 2011 shooter arrives first for PS3 Battlefield Premium users; available for PC, Xbox 360 Premium December 4, adds four new maps, Scavenger mode, crossbow weapon.

Battlefield 3: Aftermath will launch on November 27 for PlayStation 3 Battlefield Premium users, developer DICE announced today. The content releases a week later on December 4 for Xbox 360 and PC Premium users, and launches for all PS3 players December 11. Xbox 360 and PC gamers without a Premium subscription can get in on the action December 18.

The content is free with a $50 Battlefield Premium subscription, and will also be available as a $15 standalone download.

Aftermath adds four new multiplayer maps set in the streets and cities of a post-earthquake Iran. Additionally, the content brings a new game mode called Scavenger. Gamers who play this mode begin a round with only a knife, one grenade, and a sidearm, and must scour the terrain for more powerful weapons to get the upper hand on their enemies.

The Aftermath content also brings a new weapon, the crossbow, to players' arsenals. Additional achievements, assignments, and vehicles are also up for grabs in the new add-on.

Battlefield 3: Aftermath is the game's fourth of five planned expansions. It follows Back to Karkand, Close Quarters, and Armored Kill, and precedes the final expansion, the suitably named End Game.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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105 comments
Hrodwulf666
Hrodwulf666

Looks good to me. Its already in the bag thanks to premium. Weapons wise, cross bows are ok... I really want a full size TAR 21 in BF3. 

kelso27
kelso27

Did anyone else notice the ground shaking towards the end? Even maybe while the crossbow was being aimed (although could have been unsteady hands).Earthquake mid-rounds? Sounds f*king cool! 

Naicco
Naicco

Who needs a sniper rifle when you've got a crossbow?

gplayer5
gplayer5

A crossbow? Seriously? Now they're taking ideas from Crysis 3?... -_-

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

I used to be Elite Task Force, then I took an arrow in the knee.

mediarays
mediarays

So far all the BF3 maps are Good and entertaining

alenth
alenth

Despite some issues that are still in the game i think that dice is really good at realeasing content for BF3, this gives more replay value to the game in a good period of time, no more and no less, this remembers me WoW:BC when blizzard released a lot of raiding content while people was still raiding the previous tiers of content, i think that dice is doing a good job with these expansions.

Fernin-Ker
Fernin-Ker

I can easily see the crossbow as a guerilla weapon, they're used quite a bit across the world and its not hard to imagine a soldier finding one and using it in a modern setting if he was low on supplies. But so far as I know no modern armed force actually issues them to combatants. If it's there to keep in with the guerilla theme of the aftermath maps then that seems fine. But I can't imagine any context for them beyond that.

funkmugumbo
funkmugumbo

ATTACH A ROPE TO THAT DAMN THING AND GIVE US BACK OUR ZIPLINES!!!!!

danielcliment
danielcliment

Please DICE, dont get to "copy/paste" like MW!!! and futuristic...! keep it simple, dirty, and realistic!!

Tokugawa77
Tokugawa77

I have never been a pessimist, but battlefield is now exactly the same as call of duty. Red Orchestra 2 is really the only good shooter to come out within the past few years...

Dav_id83
Dav_id83

Can I also have a slingshot made from tire inner tubes and some rocks please, crossbows sounds a little too stupid I think but if they had explosive tips that when fired at an enemy they would have a 3 sec fuse that could damage others that'll be cool

i_like_space
i_like_space

crossbow awesome! what's that you say? crossbow only matches? YEAH. and hopefully they'll add crossbows into gun game. Unless they're used by snipers i don't see many people using crossbows in any of the original game modes. and will there be earthquakes during the game? towards the end maybe? that might be cool at first, but then annoying. 

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

A high-tech crossbow makes sense for Crysis 3 since it's a futuristic, post-apocalyptic setting with some emphasis on stealth gameplay: the bow will allow the player to fire while remaining cloaked, unlike other weapons, so it makes sense within the fiction and gameplay.

 

I fail to see how the crossbow can fit within Battlefield, though; since when are crossbows ever used in modern combat? There's no cloaking in Battlefield, no high-tech power armor. How does a crossbow offer any advantage over a high-caliber gun?

killman961
killman961

someones gonna get an arrow to the knee......

vadagar1
vadagar1

and yes NOW I can finally RP ramboo bitches :D, taste my RPG arrows.....thwanggggggggggggggggggg BOOOOMMMMMMMMMM

vadagar1
vadagar1

ffs only finished DLing armored kill a few weeks ago XD

 

<3 premium, me and my buddy are having a blast, good game this BF3 

salvucci91
salvucci91

I JUST WANT SOME KIND OF ONSLAUGHT MODE !!! Honestly, if we don't get something like that in End Game, the $100 that I spent on this game will have been a waste.

BKd12
BKd12

first thing im doing with the crassbow is find a dumb sniper. get behind him, and shoot him in the knee. hope my idea works LOL

SolidTy
SolidTy

Arrows in a game with Jets?

 

I hope the next expansion we get swords, Iron Shields, and Battle Axes! lol

firedrakes
firedrakes

its funny seeing on the offical bf3 website. we found out they took out weapons in this dlc. due to ea

DeathwachMarine
DeathwachMarine

I see a soldier riding a motorcycle on the cover of the Endgame DLC. Playable perhaps?

egger7577
egger7577

 @kelso27 At the end if you notice real quickly it says earthquake environments. Sounds interesting. 

dizz25
dizz25

 @gplayer5 lol whut? crossbows have been in shooters for a lot longer than Crysis 3. And what do you mean 'now'? As if Battlefield has a rep for stealing ideas or something.

Black_Hand_313
Black_Hand_313

 @Fernin-Ker

 My father told me the IRA tried using them against British troops in Northern Ireland, but they were very ineffective. Biggest drawback was that they couldn't pierce body armor. Add to that limited range (basically one side of the street to the other) and reload time, you basically have as much chance to kill as throwing a rock at them - suicide against any force armed with rifles.

MidNightStrikes
MidNightStrikes

 @Dav_id83 

They have 4 Different types of Arrows

-Standard

-Radar

-HE

-Long distance one...(Can;t remember)

Well they stand for what the titles says

Fire and forget Radar Arrows, is  like having the recon kit on every kit

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

 @killman961 I'll laugh if there's an achievement or assignment for shooting people in the knee with the crossbow

vadagar1
vadagar1

 @Printul_Noptii lara croft will have them, crysis will have them, BF3 will have them

 

BOWS FOR EVERYONE XD

i_like_space
i_like_space

 @salvucci91 onslaught mode is a must. if you haven't already, go like people's onslaughts ideas on battlelog.

i_like_space
i_like_space

 @DeathwachMarine they already said there was going to dirtbikes/motorcycles in aftermath in one of the trailors for premium last month, didnt they?

MrHanky35
MrHanky35

@Black_Hand_313@Fernin-Ker

i doubt they would be effective on body armor but range isnt an issue if your talking under 100 meters, if your having concerns of it making it “across the street” then you need to put your nerf gun down and pick up a real crossbow. A real crossbow has kick

gplayer5
gplayer5

 @killa32130 That's awesome. I didn't even know u could do something like that.

danielcliment
danielcliment

 @killa32130 LOL you're.... but you'll never know what a 12 year old sniper kid can do in a jet....!

Black_Hand_313
Black_Hand_313

 @MrHanky35  @Fernin-Ker 

"You need to put your nerf gun down and pick up a real crossbow"

 

Either tell that to the real IRA who, well, actually used it or read the original post before replying, pal

Fernin-Ker
Fernin-Ker

 @Venatorcruiser  

 

Who knows. But even a proper crossbow won't get through a trauma plate, no way no how. They MIGHT make it through soft body armor with a narrow point. The problem is the type of point required is also the kind that would do the least amount of damage to the person beneath. A shot that didn't hit a vital organ would be mostly harmless, unlike a hit from from of the nastier, wider tips.