Battlefield Premium actually a BF3 DLC bundle - Report

Multiple sources indicate series developer DICE to launch new bundle pack on June 4 with early access to upcoming Battlefield 3 add-ons.

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Swedish developer DICE will bundle all Battlefield 3 downloadable content for a onetime fee, multiple sources have told Battlefieldo. According to the site, Battlefield Premium will launch on June 4 alongside a double XP promotional period for PC gamers.

Battlefield Premium will offer early access to upcoming BF3 map packs, say sources.

The site reports that five Battlefield 3 expansion packs, as well as new camo and exclusive in-game items, are included with the purchase of Battlefield Premium. Additionally, players who purchase Battlefield Premium will receive early access to upcoming map packs, reports Battlefieldo.

To date, DICE has released just one add-on for Battlefield 3, the launch-day DLC Back to Karkand. Forthcoming map packs for the game include June's Close Quarters, followed by Armored Kill and End Game. A fifth pack is rumored to launch in March 2013.

Earlier this week, the same site reported that Battlefield Premium would be a service, and offer a range of content drops in much the same way that Activision does with Call of Duty: Elite. No mention was made in today's report of a price for Battlefield Premium. As of press time, DICE owner Electronic Arts had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

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dalua360
dalua360

Dialog between a developer and his publisher:

 

Dev: I want to create the most realistic combat game ever!

 

Publ: No, you have to create the best selling game ever

 

Dev: Ok [sigh], I will transform BF into COD, and all gamers will play it

because there will be no other game on the market for those who like realism, and all costumers will be stuck with two CQB games.

 

Publ: Perfect... what do you have in mind?

 

Dev: Look this: Battlefield 3

 

Publ: Now, just to make sure our costumers don't realise what we're doing, put some vehicles and big maps. And lie about this whole Frostbite 2 new destruction system, because no one played Red Faction Guerrilla and they won't realise how outdated we are.

 

Dev: Done.

BIEKERT0430
BIEKERT0430

Sorry, meant to say "...that's not ready for release."

BIEKERT0430
BIEKERT0430

I'm not sure why everyone is getting so worked up.  First of all we obviously don't have all the information and will likely need to wait to hear the real details from EA/DICE.  Secondly, like it or not, this appears to be the wave of the future, especially for muliplayer games.  Despite all the fixes that have had to be done for the game, it's still a good game that a lot of people are playing.  I, for one, got my $60 worth playing single player, co-op and a ton of multiplayer.  A ton of time and effort must go into developing new maps, incorporating new weapons and assignments (that will be available for the rest of the maps as well), etc.  Like any previous DLC or memberships, etc, the buyer needs to assess what they're getting for how much money and decide if its worth it or not.  From a personal perspective, I buy so few games each year that putting more money into something I already enjoy with added features makes sense.  For others it may not.  You certainly can't bash a company for wanting to make money.  That's what they're suppossed to do.  Only real gripe I have is companies, not just EA, releasing games, or content, that's really ready for release.

ACWH
ACWH

The servers aren't even being hosted by EA for free any more (I notice how Gamespot never covered that story!). The DLC is far too late and will probably be far too expensive and to be honest I'm sick of hearing about DLC packs and not new games. Fresh IP please.

xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

Well EA has to screw us somehow two Battlefield games with free map packs, so now they are going all out. Im feeling 20-30 bucks for maps. Screw you EA.

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

Hmm. Kind of like Battlefield Bad Company 2's VIP. I just wish it was added on the day it came out. I might pick it up since I haven't payed for any DLC yet. Also ROLL ON E3 !!!!!

johnny_pay
johnny_pay

hold on doesnt one of the consoles get an early advantage anyway so if they buy the premium pack they will get even more time to play the new content before its official release date

mechag2
mechag2

Wait, so what happens to those of us who already purchased the Back to Karkand map pack? If it's included in the upcoming bundle, will we be paying for it twice? What about those of us who purchased the Limited Edition and got it as a free bonus? This would defeat the purpose and it would kinda screw us. And what about those of use who purchased the SPECACT bundle and the weapon bundles?

 

We need more details and some in depth clarification on this ASAP.

Gscept
Gscept

Im actually glad that they didn't try to stick us with this premium package at Bf3's release date we would've payed approx. $120 here in the U.S. After the disappointment CoD Elite had Im pretty sure This premium deal will not Let us Battlefielders down.

ShavdApe
ShavdApe

I would like to know if those that bought the limited edition will get a discount, as I see it right now I already own one of the 5 DLC's so unless this premium thing is going to be a considerable saving there isnt much in it for me except early access. 

Very disappointed they went this way but I cant say I am surprised and things will only get worse from here on in. Gone are the days where your game will cost you £40 - £50 pre order now they will all be £90 - £100 because of course they will all bundle it in at the launch. 

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

Let's hope this is true. I sure as hell am not paying a subscription fee for half assed service--this isn't an MMO with the entire staff dedicated to keeping new content coming, these are basically just some map packs and vehicles. I may consider it if my cousin pushes me and it's a reasonable price, assuming it's one time only, but I doubt the price will be reasonable to be honest.

nurnberg
nurnberg

I hope that this is a one-time price deal.  I will probably get that, because Battlefield 3 is one of my favorite games at the moment, so I would probably buy all the expansion packs anyway.

HAZCHEM88
HAZCHEM88

They didn't say it was a subscription or not. Not even gonna bother until then.

 

FPS+DLC = Dumb

wadee902
wadee902

If each expansion had 4 big, regular sized battlefield maps like B2K, it would be a pretty good deal. It just looks like to much of a rip-off to charge the same price for big maps and small ones.

Raisiine
Raisiine

The site reports that five Battlefield 3 expansion packs.... what do you mean five expansion packs? Isn't close quarters the only one thats gonna come in June? Im not sure but I think they meant like earlier access later on. So theyre not gonna be like boom 3 expansions right now or sth.. Anyone? sorry I got a bit confused

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

This is a big difference from the earlier report. Although it's still a cash grab, at least it's not a "Hey, screw you guys!" cash grab like a subscription would have been.

 

I'll be getting more skeptical of any news reports from Gamespot now, that's for sure. If there was no solid information for a subscription service yesterday, why make the article say it was almost a definite? Do some more research before trying to break a story first.

STrugglingFool
STrugglingFool

He already said they where interested in it. Personally it's a good choice for me. 4 Packs for $15 each= $60. The most it's gonna be is $49.99. I'm hoping for $39.99. Now I don't know this but that's what I assume. TC

Ajheyhey
Ajheyhey

is bf3 premium jsut a game of the3 year disc with all the dlc add ons?  

k2theswiss
k2theswiss

BF3 is dead because they ruin it with rent a server crap...

teamfear
teamfear

Eddie - Back to Karkand wasn't launch day DLC. It wasn't released until December 6. Get your facts straight. 

xMoonDevilx
xMoonDevilx

So...you can subscribe to this Pass...and get all the DLC...meaning, all of the Weapon Class packs...meaning, you could start off with all the top gear without earning it? Gives whole new meaning to Arms Dealing.

iPostMaReviews
iPostMaReviews

I'm confused... is Battlefield Premium a subscription or just a ''GOTY''-like version of BF3 they will release after all DLCs are done?

Draco416
Draco416

Reskinned Season Pass. Pass.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

G3A3 is in the game I already bought.  I don't need DLC.

KHeie09
KHeie09

i was sooooo worried after the last report, glad to hear they most likely arent gonna do a subscription service like COD

muppen
muppen

Okay, so it's like a "season pass" kinda deal where you pay for the DLC in one go. I'll have to think about it. Depends on the price and how much I'll be playing BF3 in the future.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

Wow Dice/EA.  Pot calling kettle black now, eh?  

DarthLod
DarthLod

Hey, why even release the entire game since all they want to do is rip consumers off with "add-ons" and DLC?

Gonefishing95
Gonefishing95

I absolutely love how they space all the add ons out :) Like the last one been in March 2013, means people will keep coming back to it so it will never die (Unlike every other COD which is now owned by hackers)

beuneus12
beuneus12

well, sounds alot better then a stupid premium. Not sure if i'm gonna get this though for 2 reasons: 

1) got burned on the UC3 bundle

2) not sure if i'll still be playing bf3 in a year

need to see the price they ask for the bundle compared to individual DLC. And weren't they making BC3? lol Don't really need to DLC to keep me alive till the next one comes out, bf burnout and all :P

Draken_Domingo
Draken_Domingo

Hmmm, that makes sense to be honest, quite like what they did with the booster packs on BF2. Thank god, I was thinking for a second there that EA was seriously going to go the COD Elite route...Also, this 5th pack that keeps popping up in discussing intrigues me...not the first time I've heard of a rumor for a 5th pack...perhaps this could actually be the also-rumored 2143? 

Link3301
Link3301

 @Suikogaiden No, they put up rumors that they got from other sources saying those things. Please read the articles before complaining about them being liars.

swishersweets
swishersweets

 @mechag2 

there's a article on the net as a rumore that says theres going to be 

The Dr Pepper Promo stuff in it -Dog tags, Dr Pepper Skin.= 5.99

Digital Game Guide 10.99 

CQC Map pack 15.00 

Armor Map Pack 15.00

End Game 15.00

Aftermath 15.00

more Camos for guns, skins for players, special knife, special dog tags 5.99

Tweaked Kill cam -- probably your clan logo added to the mix  

More ranks after Col. 100

So even if they charged you 60$ its still a nice deal. 

twztid13
twztid13

 @FarmFreshDX

 It seems that most of this "New York correspondent's" stories have about as much research & validity to them, I've noticed.

beuneus12
beuneus12

 @STrugglingFool you can buy bf3 for $20 now... How is double the game price a good deal for some maps&guns?

dicegamer
dicegamer

i agree with you and 3 people who reply to you comment people can't find a good server no more because people be on retart bull  not only they kill the game with weapon upgrade DLC packs but they kill the game because of that like you said rent a server crap which my interest to play battlefield 3 to zero EA can roll over and die all i care who going to pay money on unlock weapons upgrade that you can unlock it the hard way and pay more money on crapy rent a server no thank you EA i buy the map packs but no thank you and now they want to spent more money on that another crapy battlefield premium    @k2theswiss

Biocide69
Biocide69

@k2theswiss I'm with superapo, I found a server that rotates all maps and modes, minus the squad mode.

superapo
superapo

I highly disagree, rent a server helps the game, there is a larger variety of rule and map rotations which gives the game longevity

Spartan-1657
Spartan-1657

 @iPostMaReviews  How can you be confused? Can you read? How could you possibly get early access to this content if BF3 premium is released as a GOTY disc AFTER the DLC hits? Man, some people really need to start using their brains.

Draco416
Draco416

 @beuneus12  Nice to know I'm not the only poor sucker out there who bought that stupid FHC.

STrugglingFool
STrugglingFool

 @beuneus12 I would love to know where you can buy it for $20. Aren't you exaggerating a little bit, $20 bucks. Best I have seen is $30 for PC and only when it's on sale. If I know I would buy it and could save $10 bucks, I do it, but hey if you don't want to save you, don't have too. To each his own. TC

k2theswiss
k2theswiss

 @superapo ever time i go into a server i end up with a game that last hour and campers...= not fun