Battlefield 3 DLC mobilizing on PS3 first

EA confirms all major add-ons to modern military shooter will have one-week timed-exclusivity window on Sony's system.

Microsoft has already launched its bid to capture the lion's share of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 players, teaming with Activision to offer timed-exclusive access to add-on content. It's fitting, then, that Sony would be putting its weight behind Modern Warfare 3 rival Battlefield 3, announcing today that all expansions for the EA-published military shooter will debut on the PlayStation 3.

The lines of battle have been drawn.

Beginning with the Back to Karkand add-on, all Battlefield 3 expansion packs will have a one-week timed-exclusivity window on the PS3. Due later this year, the Back to Karkand expansion features multiplayer environments from the PC-exclusive Battlefield 2, such as Strike at Karkand, Gulf of Oman, and the Sharqi Peninsula, all updated for the Frostbite 2 engine.

Yesterday, EA confirmed that a multiplayer beta test for Battlefield 3 will commence on September 29 on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Those who preorder the PC edition of the game through EA's digital storefront Origin will be able to get into the action beginning September 27, as will those who preordered the Limited Edition of EA's 2010 military shooter, Medal of Honor. The beta window will close on October 10.

Players will be able to play the game's Rush mode on the Operation Metro map, set in the subways of Paris. The Rush mode has two teams fighting over key strategic points on the map, with one squad designated as attackers and the other ordered to protect the locations.

Battlefield 3--which EA says has been in development for three years--will sport both a single-player campaign and an online component, which can be played with up to 64 players (for the PC version only). It will also support co-op play for its campaign and will let gamers pilot jets, among other vehicles.

For more on Battlefield 3, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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198 comments
JOKER677
JOKER677

Damn 3 years and the game launched in a beta form?

erickguz98
erickguz98

Not unless you pre-ordered the limited edition to get the code of B2K for free

SOUP_MAN_242
SOUP_MAN_242

even though its early talk about DLC its not gona be like CoD (15 bucks for 4 maps) it will be like bc2 ( whole new game for 15 bucks) i would think this first DLC will be 4.99 or so.

PlusFour
PlusFour

Ha! F**k you xbox owners!!... Oh wait, i have an xbox :(

zaxafreon
zaxafreon

I prob going to end up getting BF3 for the ps3, as my pc is way to outdated to run it.

naraku2099
naraku2099

I'm getting this on PS3 because I prefer PS3. I would get it on PS3 all the same even if the case were DLC having a 3 month exclusivity window on Xbox360. I don't see how a DLC exclusivity window of any period (short of permanent) would affect anybody's decision of what version to buy.

it009x9281
it009x9281

I never cared about using the jets cos im bad at using them i took off lost control and crashed into one of our own tanks:(

TheoAlmighty
TheoAlmighty

i know dlc keeps things interesting but i really hate seeing that word when the game is not even out yet

Gamma_Fit
Gamma_Fit

PS3 = early DLC PC = 64 players XBOX = ? Lol, seems DICE is not a fan of the 360. Doesnt really matter tho. The DLC is only a week early. Thats wayyyy better than the advantage 360 CoD players had over PS3 (4 weeks)

02050muh
02050muh

@edinko just play games on ur pc n dun get jealous with everyone dat have console. yeah,we all know ur pc have mouse, 8GB RAM, 4 core GPU, 10 core processor, 2TB hd space, bla,bla,bla... lol...what else do u want? life's so pathetic for u?

02050muh
02050muh

whaaaaat? the game haven't release yet, but they already planned on dlc??!!!

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

Only suckers buy DLC at full price, I will wait until they are on sale, regardless of the console, and both games too might I add.

Gigas_Yuu
Gigas_Yuu

@edinko 1. You didn't compete at the tournament. 2. The Playstation 3 control was extremely sensitive and auto aim was virtually non existent. Gamepad veterans for Xbox were totally surprised at the tourney. 3. You're another wannabe PC elitist that makes assumptions. If I had auto-aim like you described it - I would have won a lot faster. Too bad the PS3 didn't help me out there. P.S. "which ia about as playing with a controller"? Really? Yes. You do have much more important things than an "auto aim" tournament. Please go to school. And give me your Origin ID so I can drop bombs on you all day.

Kayweg
Kayweg

Won't be long now and they'll release DLC before the actual game. :P

conkerton
conkerton

Finally. I only have a 360, but boy it would be nice to see Microsoft sweat a little bit and work for its supper for once. Way to go Sony, fight back and draw the line.

jasonlc3221
jasonlc3221

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warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Sony having first dibs on DLC for an FPS?! :o Wowzers. And we all thought the 360 was the 'shooters' console. Sony seem to have stepped up their game. It may only be a week, and it probably won't do all that much for sales. But I'm happy, I'm a Sony gamer that was buying Battlefield - so the sooner it's available for download the better. I'm not going to gloat to the 360 users, but this is still pretty cool. Very good news indeed :)

Arranik
Arranik

well...atleast pc gets 64 players, thats something.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

WEAK. If you guys already have maps and stuff planned, why not just release it with the product? DLC is killing gaming. I always feel like I only bought 2/3 of a game, then a month or two down the road I have to overpay for what should've been there in the first place.

mtait01
mtait01

it makes a change for ps3 to get content first, though it doesnt really matter! If it was a full retail release being launched earlier on the pS3 then it would be different, but DLC, i can always wait for

varunvikram1
varunvikram1

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varunvikram1
varunvikram1

Whatever happened to i am just happy that the game is coming out who cares about the rest??

weedman1985
weedman1985

@edinko Thank god people like you still exist. Perhaps the FPS genre still has a future.

edinko
edinko

@Gigas_Yuu I am pretty sure i miss out something important in my life when i pass on AUTO-AIM tournaments and AUTO-AIM FPS with sluggish controls. i guess each of us is probably in denial about something. but i guess for some ppl its is ok to eat a pizza with chinese sticks which ia about as playing FPS with a controller.i use a controller myself but i guess i am not delsuional enough to force myself to use a terrible control scheme when i have a choice /facepalm/

samus_my_life
samus_my_life

yes this is what am talking about , now let's the fun begin yeaaaaaaaaah am so excited about having this game BF3 RULES THE WORLD LOVE YOU ( EA & DICE )

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@edinko I got a feeling that my HP 1GB, 160GB HD, 2.3GHZ AMD Dual Core,NVidia Geforce 6150 LE ,web browsing beast is better than your PC! lol , Seriously though, I could build a gaming rig if I wanted, it's just that I prefer to game on consoles. I don't hold anything against PC gamers, that's what they prefer, but it's the ranting of people like yourself, who seem to think we care that you own a gaming capable PC, when we don't.It seems like you've been doing a lot more web browsing then gaming on that "killer" machine lately.Hmm........

B4NTH4F0DD3R
B4NTH4F0DD3R

Ahhhh, I remember the good ol' days when DLC came out at the same time for every console. That is slowly becoming a thing of the past, which is lame.

Galaxyuser1
Galaxyuser1

Well what do you know, kind of dumb since it's one week only but I'm happy to see sony funding this dashing game.

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

These timed DLC exclusives are such a joke. I'd love to know how much money Microsoft and Sony shell out to companies like EA or Activision for getting the "DLC released first on..." badge.

Gigas_Yuu
Gigas_Yuu

@Edinko WROOONG indeed. Speak for yourself, pal. But I know for a fact Tyrone and his entire crew would shoot you in the face if they had to game on mouse and keyboards. I'm getting BF3 for all platforms to play with each respective friend list. No elitism here, except for the fact I'm competing in the tournament...the one with the gamepad (Ps3) /snobbery PC elitists are so cute! I probably have a PC better than all of them. She's not all together yet. Newegg just shipped her parts. I am still looking forward to the PS3/Xbox 360 comparison. I just like to see what they can do with "old hardware". It always fascinates me and flat out surprises me at how good it can turn out

Reptylus
Reptylus

@gregdb22: You haven't heard? BF3 on PS3 also contains BF 1942. It's only a small downloadable game but still a nice extra if you ask me. Also, these are not actually deals with Sony. It's more like "There's still enough space on the BD, so why not add an old game we made enough profit with? Should boost our reputation."

supertom221
supertom221

That's a dumb call. It's pretty stupid just to get it a week earlier before everyone. Most people will take a weekend to finish campaign, and then play abit more on MP, by the time your done it will alraedy be available to everyone. Now, IF they gave it away for free like with Dead Space 2, THEN it would be a different matter...

supertom221
supertom221

@hippiesanta 3 weeks to finish an FPS game? For real man? What, you play like 10 minutes a day??

NoDzombie
NoDzombie

a week exclusivity.......does anyone actually care about having to wait a whole week longer, cause it makes no difference to me

speedfog
speedfog

1 week :D? When microsoft picks timed exclusive its 1 month.

edinko
edinko

@godzillavskong i have notihig against consoles pal! i know there are millions of in denial console players who probably force themselves to believe that FPS+gamepad doesnt suck. thats what i call today the inferiorist complex

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@COPMAN221 To each his own, but I have to agree with PixelAddict, as far as the controls go. The PS3 controller feels more floaty, especially with the analog sticks, that and they are bit too close together for me. While it doesn't ruin my gaming experience and I still love my PS3, I prefer the 360 controller, that's why I would also purchase multiplat titles for it, unless the PS3 had some exclusive deals lined up.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@edinko Completely wrong. There are millions of console gamers who disagree with you. You may not care for it, but there are tons of people who really enjoy it, and can't wait for this game to release on consoles. Just play it on your PC and be happy, no need to bash the platforms that other gamers play on.

edinko
edinko

@killa32130 i hope it does a little bit:)

gregdn22
gregdn22

I'm a PS3 guy, but to be honest I don't know why sony did this. They have done and what they should have done is lock in exclusive rights over microsoft to get the PS3 version bundled with another game on the disc like they have so many times in the past. For example: Medal of honor came with Frontline only on PS3 and Dead Space 2 came with Extraction only on PS3... $15 games for free to PS3 owners and both EA titles. And how they are working with Ubisoft to bring the first Assassins Creed on the Disc with Revalations only on PS3. At least they did something though.

bluebird08
bluebird08

it's about time DLC comes to the ps3 first, the ps3 deserves it

killa32130
killa32130

@edinko I hope you realise your comment does not make sense :P

Vaultboy-101
Vaultboy-101

WTF DICE!! This game was meant for PC! Everything with this game now is either becoming console exclusive or first DLC. If the PS3 gets their stuff first then give us our DLC for free to compensate.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Timed exclusives are retar...........r.......,I mean crazy.