Battlefield 3 goes Back to Karkand on PS3 Dec. 6

First downloadable add-on for military shooter to go live on Xbox 360 and PC December 13 with new maps, mode, weapons, vehicles, and more.

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Battlefield 3 players can finally go Back to Karkand next week…on the PlayStation 3, at least. Electronic Arts has confirmed a December 6 PS3 debut for the Back to Karkand expansion pack, with the add-on to be made available for Xbox 360 and PC players on December 13.

All Battlefield 3 DLC will hit the PS3 a week ahead of other platforms.

Highlighting the Back to Karkand map pack are four playfields from Battlefield 2 that have been updated with developer DICE's new Frostbite 2 engine: Strike at Karkand, Wake Island, Gulf of Oman, and Sharqi Peninsula. Gamers will also find the return of Battlefield 2's Conquest Assault mode, three new vehicles, 10 new weapons, new achievements/trophies, and more.

The disparity in release dates is the result of a deal EA struck with Sony that would see all Battlefield 3 add-on content given a one-week head start on the PS3. That exclusivity window was explained as a substitute enticement for PS3 players when EA tried to renege on its promise of giving away Battlefield 1943 copies to those who purchased Battlefield 3 on Sony's system. However, after a class-action lawsuit was filed, EA pulled another about-face and said it would honor the original deal after all.

For more on DICE's latest shooter, check out GameSpot's review of Battlefield 3.

Discussion

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sgt_holt5
sgt_holt5

@inaka_rob then my profile must be out of date because if you check my raptr account you would see I have spent far more time in MW3 than BF3.

itchyflop
itchyflop

@darkcomedian i do agree visually all pc games are loads better. Console games are made on a pc or pc's !!! Though you will need a monster pc to play bf3 and that will cost quite a bit im sure!! the console versions aren't far behind but yeah inferior in many ways. but as stated below i feel the console version a better experience. Bf2 on the pc was f##king amazing though, i proper enjoyed that, i even had my private server i had to pay 8 quid a month for!!

itchyflop
itchyflop

@nikon133 its quite refreshing to hear a pc boy who owns a ps3 too (i assume) talk some sense!! your bang on, the pc can get to hectic and you get shot too much due to high levels of players and can be a real pain in the ass!! (or maybe im just sh#t!!) as where the ps3 version is well balanced and more enjoyable.

itchyflop
itchyflop

yeeesssss!! its today!! i wonder if i ll have as much trouble trying to download it, are there still freezing problems on the ps3??? and also ive got the special edition but didnt pre order it so do i have to pay for it??

Dark_Infinite
Dark_Infinite

uhh how do i download it? i got the limited addition but there not giving me an option to download it for free :S and yes i tried redeeming the code again but it said the code was expired. HELP!

jorgeabk
jorgeabk

has the DLC for back to karkand come out yet ??? i'm at work, so i don't know.........somebody give me the 411........thx

Pawfalcon
Pawfalcon

3:25 Eastern... "Failed to connect"... Ar they seriously doing maintenance at release time?! Isn't this supposed to be handled by now?

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

@sgt_holt5 if you hate BF3 so much why do you have twice as much time and achievements in BF3 than in MW3. and if you think mw3 is SOOOoooo good then why are playing mw2 instead???? all this info can be found on your xbox profile.

dj_pulserfan
dj_pulserfan

@nikon133 Sounds like you're just a crappy player more than anything. If anything you said would even be remotely true than my K/D ratio would be well above what is now on the PC. I think you're just angry because you know you're awesome on the controller and someone with a 10 dollar generic ps/2 mouse is absolutely killing you.

berzerk0912
berzerk0912

@inaka_rob --- You are so right about the gun sounds in MW3. It sounds like someone is typing on a old school typewriter like 50 words a minute.

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

@Masoodahmedkk Nope it is for real losers!

boiardee14
boiardee14

i get it free for being awesome and pre ordering.

Baconbits2004
Baconbits2004

well it's only a week. :S Still quite silly that any publisher would want to make part of their userbase wait at all...

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

@red-drybones "but many of us cannot even play regular map right now. Its so screw up. I'm glad I only play $28 for this unfinished game.. I still feel I was ripped-off though..." huh??? what are you talking about?? are you trying to stick your 360 or your ps3 disc into your Wii??? or are you playing on the PC which of course all PC gamers are calling Superior even though 49.999% of pc gamers can not even get their games to work? (a fault of the PC nation not DICE's programing skills)

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

@sgt_holt5 I played MW3 and I gave it a ZERO on metacritic! I got both game on the same day. I used to be a HUGE massive COD fan. I LOVED COD 2 through MW2. Then they didn't improve at all. In many ways they went backwards. The sound is terrible unless you use your TV speakers. The feel of the game is floaty like the old style FPS games. The maps are too small. Worst of all, the fans of COD are terrible and they are the nail in the coffin if you ask me. BF users are more mature and COD fans tend to be MUCH MUCH younger both literally in age and in maturity.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

@darkcomedian "the superior PC version" Yeah... its funny you say that. You forgot to add: If I can get it to work. Not sure how many forums you are ingoring, or how lucky you are but the PC vesrion of BF3 does not work very well for many PC gamers. IF you can get it to work with out problems, then yeah it is superior version! check out a battlelog forum. there are so many gamers having problems with PC BF3 it isnt funny. the recent patch increased that number instead of decreased it. So go take your trolling somewhere else. like a PC BF3 forum.

darkcomedian
darkcomedian

I'll take the hit and wait a few extra days and play it on the superior PC version when it is released. Good for PS3 players though, I guess.

nikon133
nikon133

@Karikma Funny that, I'm playing more on PS3 than on PC... so I wouldn't agree PC is the only way to play it. PC has obviously better visuals, but even with good PC to get most of them, I'm finding visuals not really making difference once you get into game. Likewise, 64 players sound cool, but I never felt PS3 maps are deserted with only 24 players, and 64 becomes a burden on smaller maps (like Metro). Kbd/mouse are more efficient but on occasion will become supernatural - it is much easier to trace and head-shot running soldier with sniper on PC than on console, which for me is actually bonus for console - making sniper's job harder, and encouraging people to move more. On a console side, built in squad chat and server browser inside the game are big bonus. I can talk with random squad mates, not only my party I have to create before the game. Game startup is much faster than on PC (thanks to no external Origin agent and need for web browser console) and limitations of controller are good equalizer, no matter how good you are you cannot turn faster than the maximum speed of controller's stick, so people have to play more tactical and rely less on pure reflex. Finally, everyone plays on the same hardware (so again,no advantage of faster GPU and CPU, gaming mice etc) - and there are no cheats, to my knowledge at least. My PC soldier (nikonn) is level 10, my PS3 soldier (nikon133) is level 18. I've spend 50% more time on PS3 so far.

dreamfist11
dreamfist11

@kais112 I couldn't care less about that game

huerito323
huerito323

@sgt_holt5 You obviously don't read correctly, I said I like MW3 and enjoy it myself. I should've known you were some kid who's just mad BF3 didn't get any horrible scores from fans like MW3 did.

sgt_holt5
sgt_holt5

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huerito323
huerito323

@sgt_holt5 I like MW3, so im not going to trash it. But the reasons why you dislike Battlefield has nothing to do with the game, it's your preferance. Battlefield isn't for everyone. It obviously isn't for you, but that does not make it a bad game. As a fan of both, Battlefield 3 is just so much better for my liking. COD is getting old, and it seems im the only fan who is willing to admit it.

sgt_holt5
sgt_holt5

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Crypt1978
Crypt1978

@vulspar apparently nobody here plays skyrim or you would have no thumbs down and a million thumbs up!!!

sgt_holt5
sgt_holt5

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sgt_holt5
sgt_holt5

@djpetite and the Battlefield troll conceeds to his superior, more intelligent adversary. As Charlie Sheen would say....................................................WINNING

djpetitte
djpetitte

@sgt_holt5 I'm sorry I dont want to waste anymore of time commenting back to you. we will have to agree to disagree.

sgt_holt5
sgt_holt5

@djpetite Ah so I see you rated MW3 with a 1...so did you play it or are you the Battlefield Fan Boy who goes on every website possible to give it a 1 rating because Activision just makes you so very mad

sgt_holt5
sgt_holt5

@djpetite And just to go further with your logic, since I must suck at BF3 since I hate it, you sir must suck at MW3 since you seem to be one of the "rebel" gamers who are "sick and fed up with" the yearly release of COD even though you probably own it and have played it. Am I correct here to assume that the logic that apparently applies to me also applies to you? and if you hate COD so much....don't buy it, I'm not forcing you to play it lol.

sgt_holt5
sgt_holt5

@djpetitie I played BF3 the what like 2 weeks it was out until MW3's release, in that time I managed to scrounge up like a 1.76 K/D with like 50 something tanks destroyed and like 93 dog tags taken so I would say I'm not too bad at it. And my taste in gaming...well I do partake in MW3 but I also divulge games such as Skyrim, Forza 4, Assassin's Creed, I mean I would say my taste in games is pretty good but who knows. I wouldn't group myself with the people who "eat up" the yearly release as I have been playing it since it was set in WWII so if anything I am just playing it because I like the series not because "OH MY GOD COD I HAVE TO HAVE IT". And as for my comments well...I had something to say about Battlefield's map pack, I spoke my words, people argued my opinion and now here we are. That my friend would summarize why I'm posting "garbage comments" on this article. Or do I need to explain further?

sgt_holt5
sgt_holt5

@huerito323 The reasons I think Modern Warfare 3 is better are as follows. The multiplayer is so refined and organized, and the new additions to it are great. The new maps are awesome and the weapon specializations and strike packages are also great additions and I just feel like MW3's multiplayer is just so much more fun and rewarding than BF3's. It takes FOREVER to unlock anything in BF3 and the stuff you do unlock are stupid and when you realize how long it took for you to unlock a ACOG for your gun, it's disheartening. Also, whats with only two playable factions in multiplayer? U.S. vs. Russia...hmm sounds like BC and BC2 multiplayer eh? At least MW3 tries to mix it up with Delta Force, Spetsnaz, GIGN, SAS,etc. I also think it's pretty cool in MW3 that alot of the guns are the actual licensed guns like the Remington ACR or the RSASS. For singleplayer it's not even close, BF3's campaign is basically described as this: Black Ops story + Modern Warfare 1 and 2's story - all the fun and good parts + an earthquake gimmick + too many button mashing sequences - door hinges on the doors in all buildings in the campaign + a BS moment where you shoot your commanding officer = Battlefield 3 Campaign Mode. And don't get me started on the Co-op, MW3 trumps BF3 there too, enough said.

djpetitte
djpetitte

@sgt_holt5 WOW, I know it's just your opinion but it's sad to know that there's people out there with as poor taste and as little knowledge in gaming as you do. It's the reason why they can pump out basically the same game annually and ppl like you eat it up. MW light years better then BF? LMAO! You're clueless. To me it sounds like you probably have no skill playing BF so you dont have any fun playing it therefore you knock it. Dude, you are completely wrong and I'm not the only one that thinks that. Get a clue dude, and if you dont like BF why are you in here posting such utter garbage comments?

sgt_holt5
sgt_holt5

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sgt_holt5
sgt_holt5

@huerito323 Ah, my other gripe with Battlefield 3 that I forgot...the controls, meaning the button layout, are just so horribly awkward. To knife I have to use...the Right Bumper? Oh well, then I probably shoot with the down arrow on the D-Pad. If they let me customize controls perhaps I would play a bit more but the controls are so awkward.

sgt_holt5
sgt_holt5

@huerito323 no lol I am not joking. Battlefield was a let down. In addition if you read what I said, I WAS and AM a Battlefield fan but what I am saying is I liked Battlefield 2 and thought that BC and BC2 weren't good at all so I hoped that BF3 would be better than those two. But it isn't. I honestly feel like it was a waste of the $60 dollars, as it is another over hyped shooter from EA (Medal of Honor reboot being the other). And YES I do think Modern Warfare 3 is better, light years better than Battlefield. Yeah, BF3 gives you tanks and jets but it's laggy, the graphics honestly just aren't that great, and the weapons are so horribly inaccurate. BF3 does have good sound design but beyond that....just a total waste in my eyes. But that's just how I feel, I mean I thought SOCOM Fireteam Bravo 3 was a great game and Gamespot gave it a 6 so hey what do I know.

mad-at-nintendo
mad-at-nintendo

to all those who are still having lag issues.........................lol

vulspar
vulspar

i'd go back to karkand but i took an arrow in the knee :/

djpetitte
djpetitte

@PeterDuck Hey Man, I agree with you and Most of the time I usually do agree with you. How about a 2142 expansion with titan mode and walkers? That would be cool.

djpetitte
djpetitte

@wilson336 There should be a difference between DLC and a Expansion pack because back in the day all we had was expansion packs that actually had to be purchased from the store, which made them much larger than most DLC. DLC can be as small as a few new charater model skin. To me this Back to Karkand seems a lot more of an original expansion pack regardless if it's downloaded. There is enough content there to make it an expansion. I'm not sure I like what "DLC" has done from gaming.

wilson336
wilson336

@masoodahmedkk ...it is content you download, so yes, it is DLC. Technically an expansion pack could be DLC as well. You can call it a pickle for all I care...it does not change what it is.

Masoodahmedkk
Masoodahmedkk

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GD94
GD94

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GD94
GD94

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Karikma
Karikma

don't nerf INRV or flashlights, no. Add Day and Night, make INRV glare in heavy light, add thermal optic scope, concussion grenades and trip wires. after that perfect MP. PC is the only way to play this game, kind of buggered that the release runs into playtime with SWTOR early access. I wont get to get into Karkand till after the New Year.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@gamebreakerz_ You are exactly right on that one! My first time playing it online, which was right after launch, and it seemed like almost everyone I ran into was using that dang flashlight to blind me. Crazy thing was that it was in the daytime, and I would begin shooting them, then they would turn and blind me with their flashlight, and , well we know what happens next. lol