E3 2011: Battlefield 3 to have 3X DLC as Bad Company 2

Electronic Arts announces new digital goals for contemporary shooter; due out for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on October 25.

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LOS ANGELES--Following five years of lying dormant, the core Battlefield series is leaping back to life this fall with Battlefield 3 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Gamers hoping to make the most of the shooter will have loads of content to play with, according to publisher Electronic Arts.

DLC will be a big part of Battlefield 3, according to EA.

During an investor call this morning, EA announced that Battlefield 3--which ships on October 25--will have three times the number of downloadable content packs as the game's immediate predecessor, Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

For reference, Bad Company 2 welcomed seven DLC packs, including two major offerings: the Vietnam and Onslaught expansions, which brought period skirmishes and co-op experiences, respectively, to the shooter.

Battlefield 3's first DLC offering will be the Back to Karkand expansion, which is included with limited edition copies of the game. As for what it will offer, Back to Karkand bundles Battlefield 2 weapons, vehicles, and mutliplayer environments, all updated for the game's new Frostbite 2 game engine.

For more on the forthcoming shooter, check out GameSpot's hands-on preview of Battlefield 3's multiplayer component straight from the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo. For more on E3 2011, follow GameSpot's continuing coverage of the show.

Discussion

103 comments
Oldboy08
Oldboy08

I stopped playing BFBC2 for like 6 months and when I got back there were a bunch of new maps available to play for me. If they do stuff like this :D :D :D :D I cant get more excited for this game.

NanosuitLover
NanosuitLover

Good, as long as they don't use this as an excuse to skimp out of out-of-box content, for instance, if BF3 ships with less maps or weapons than BC2, we will know why.

WackedWilly
WackedWilly

@DarkBox360 I was thinking the same thing although it would be even better if they added a campaign with that dlc. I still need to pre order this game I MUST HAVE IT AND ALL ITS DLC'S.

dbzrulez77
dbzrulez77

nice looks great and it sounds like it will have co-op

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

um it says that bf3 is also going to be avaiable for the wiiu is that true?

Germandude2
Germandude2

Hmmm I heard MW2 is coming out with a $60 expansion pack sometime in november, I'll be to busy playing this thought :D

TheWarscent
TheWarscent

Right.As long as they contunue to offer top notch content for the money,I dont mind it. If you were to compare what we got with BFBC2 content compared to lets say....COD even without DLC theres no comparison. Everything BFBC2 offered in DLC was well worth it and i NEVER felt ripped off like i did after buying a few COD map packs.That will never happen agin.

chopsticksoup
chopsticksoup

@jasonzilla11 Haha, you had me going for a second.

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

Oh. My. God. Why is DICE still trying? Battlefield sucks, Battlefield will always suck, and Battlefield 3 will completely suck. I almost barfed when I saw those graphics, I mean, they are garbage, and the sounds? They sound terrible. I mean, the game is gar... AW, who am I kiddin'? This game looks unbelieveably amazing in every way. Sorry, Call of Duty fans, don't get too excited.

Venom341
Venom341

Having 3 times the normal amount of content is nice. However, if they make the price too high, then we could have a problem...

DarkBox360
DarkBox360

The only DLC i will buy for BF3 is if they make a WW2 expansion kinda like Vietnam with updated weapons and vehicles for the frostbite engine.

Fajonkel
Fajonkel

*sigh* Again, content withdrawn from the game for profit. On the plus side, minus Onslaught and Vietnam, every DLC was free if you bought the game new and used the VIP code, or $10 if you bought a VIP code. Which was a lot of content for 0-10 bucks. Onslaught is now $5(worth it), and Vietnam is $15 and great for the money. Just as long as they don't become money grubbing like CoD, I'm alright with this. Could be worse, I suppose.

voldo25
voldo25

The only point i am trying to make is if you buy the disc, you should own all the rights to the content or data thats on it. Not pay the extra money for a patch to unlock the extra content thats already on the disc. Lets say i sold you a movie and you watch it but the last 10 minutes of the ending is password protected, you call me and i say FU give me 10 more dollars and you can watch the rest of it. Its like the same thing.

DeanCorleone
DeanCorleone

It wouldn't be the first time a company completed additional content and with held it from a game for extra profit down the road, they are simply letting us know they are doing it now. Guess we are reaching the day and age at which a game will cost 60 bucks to own a BASIC copy, with another charge as standard for the "hardcore" players and fans... heh. Either way I'll get my basic copy, without preordering it, and without paying for DLC.

TrapMuzik92
TrapMuzik92

The DLC thats already on the disc...awesome.

kryten222
kryten222

@voldo25 If you pre-order you get the standard game + Karkand for the same price as the standard game will cost at launch, meaning your spending NOTHING to get the DLC on day 1. So either pre-order and get a nice expansion pack at no extra cost, or buy after release day for same price and DONT get a nice expansion pack. No brainer really...

voldo25
voldo25

Release date DLC makes me angry. Spend 10 more dollars for the collectors edition so you can unlock something that already built into the original game with a patch. I am more than happy to pay for DLC but not when its already on the disc the first day you buy it. That is not DLC...thats called rape.

obenns
obenns

@andykane - Project Reality, now that is real tactics, not this. But still, a fun fps. They are actually going back to BF2 so they say, and actually are designing it based on the PC first. Yet the trailer looks call of dutyish. We shall see!

obenns
obenns

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Cillerboy
Cillerboy

@jer_1 buy bf3 for DICE not EA

dallask
dallask

If the content is as good as Vietnam I'll gladly pay for it. If not, don't pay, what's to argue about?

littleboomer
littleboomer

"Battlefield 3 is coming out October 25th..." But I want it now!! QQ

Phaselinear
Phaselinear

In my mind I've already purchased ME3, BF3, SKYRIM, and FORZA 4. I'm always thinking ahead for some stupid reason.....but in the end it will be VERY good!

jer_1
jer_1

This isn't a good thing. EA, once again proving they are greedy bastards...as if everyone and their mother didn't already know. EA & Craptivision are one and the same. Unfortunately for me I will actually buy BF3, ugh I hate supporting greed factories like these scummers.

andykane
andykane

yes the graphics look great.. i cant wait to try it out but.. this is not bf3 this is bfbc3.. looks like ill be still playing [bf2 project reality] after all the hype as gone.. look you can go prone, SO WHAT,, dice lost me with the bad company games,, just trying to plz everyone ,, pc games can offer so much more in depth menu systems like bf2pr,, thank god for the Project Reality Team,, looks like they made bf3 with the console in-mind,, the bf2 & 2142 pr hardcore fans can see though you dice,, The Project Reality mod Team gave us destruction in battlefield 2.

cdr_Ikari
cdr_Ikari

@monson21502... I feel the opposite. I think BF3 will the the FPS to beat this year - critically anyway. MW3 will sell more copies but it and other FPS's will have a hard time getting my screen time. There's nothing like running around a corner to your favorite sniper spot, only to realize its been destroyed...and apparently now coming down on your head and killing you!

Nodashi
Nodashi

@Rocker6 and @brok I REALLY hope they release Vietnam, 1942 and 2142 expansions (the paid ones). I was glad to pay 15 buck for Vietnam for BFBC2, I'll be glad to pay 15 bucks for each of those using Frostbite 2 (and I really want to be able to bombard people with napalm from my F-4 again). :) Free ones should be maps and game modes, everything is good if it's free. I just hope they don't try to sell us SKINS again. That was lame in BFBC2, I never had the pretty skins for my weapons, I refuse to pay for crap like that.

Rocker6
Rocker6

If it will cost money,It better be as great as BC2 Vietnam.And Im sure most of the DLCs will be diffenrent game modes on different maps,like in BC2.

Player_1_
Player_1_

maybe the dlc will be free...i can dream, better chance than MW3 all we need is more 15$ map packs

Player_1_
Player_1_

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brok
brok

1942 content or GTFO

obenns
obenns

@dasboy1 "Battlefield 3 - Limited Edition features the digital expansion pack Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand at no extra charge. " That insinuates that without pre-ordering the limited edition, it will cost extra for the expansion. Honestly I wouldn't mind at all if they brought out CD versions of the expansions, rather than keep it online for the extra few bucks for themselves.

Gigas_Yuu
Gigas_Yuu

Vassago's comment was really smart. Computer Hardware pricing has been far more costly and exorbitant than software/dlc prices - and those caught in a trap of constantly upgrading are going to pay more in a period of a day, than what they could account for at three months, in regards to gaming. Also, not every game will have successful DLC. It IS about choice - there's just a higher likelihood to drop more money on a solid state drive than an AVP Map pack. I won't quite understand how even PC elitists claim consoles hold them back, and then spend thousands of dollars for a 60FPS rate with 8x AAA and 16 Anisotropic F. with Max shadows and particle effects..Why even bother with the money if your potential is "held back?" Of course, this contradiction is silly. Hardware makers know where the money is at. So many pointless video card SKUs for the sake of cash, it's not even funny.

ExThanos
ExThanos

Vassago, DLC is milking the community and by interest how old are you, I am not trying to be offensive, but this might give a clue about your point of view on it. In the past the type of content that is now being released as DLC and the prices that are being paid for it would have been sold as pieces of an expansion pack, with the exception of the Vietnam DLC for BC2 which is pretty much an expansion, most of the content released on many games is merely a money grab and poor development compared to what we would have seen in the pre-DLC era. Look again at BF1942 sticking with this company, the Road to Rome and Secret Weapons of WWII packs were real expansions and added an incredible amount of content, while new skins and maps were provided free of charge to customers as part of a loyalty program during every patch (mostly) and to prevent piracy (if you installed the new patch and measures, you got new maps). Also look at Redguard for Morrowind, Kingdoms for Medieval 2 and so on. Increasingly a younger generation is accepting DLC as something new and incredible, while those that have been around a little longer are aware of what use to be offered and that DLC as it is now put out is nothing but a money grab and in most cases I will ignore it unless it is a real expansion with real value (such as the RDR zombies).

ExThanos
ExThanos

@Veeks; I completely understand what you are saying, I have seen the comment that you are mentioning, but to be honest I don't believe a single thing they have said about the complexity that would be invovled in modding this game and to be honest, there are games far more complex than BC2 that are modded and to a high degree. Examples of this are Arma2, Crysis, Fallout 3 and so on, which have provided modders with the ability to alter the game, regardless of complexity and the result has been some incredible work. Basically, it is nothing more than a money grab as they want to push DLC instead of providing mod support and real expansions as they did in BF1942 and BF2. Look at the Total War series post Empire, Sega wanted nothing more than to sell DLC and the community still managed to create mods with zero support from the company.

Mkherkzen
Mkherkzen

@ GameSpot There were 9 DLCs in total - 7 VIP map packs, Onslaught and Vietnam. You were probably mistaken, because they stopped updating the DLC portion of BC2 site after the fifth VIP map pack. I just hope the proportions of free and paid DLCs will be kept as they were in Bad Company 2 - 7 free and 2 paid. Let's multiply that three times and we have 21 free DLCs and 6 paid. Anyone interested? :)

vassago_
vassago_

You guys think DLC is milking? You're joking, right? What about Intel releasing new CPU's every 6 months? Or Nvidia GPU's? Different flavors of the same softdrink? It's about choice. There are things that just never have the chance to make it into the game before the publisher wants to ship it. DLC allows the developer to offer that content back to the consumer after launch, instead of killing it altogether. It's your CHOICE to get the DLC, just as it's your CHOICE to choose Coke or Pepsi. The more money the developer can get out of DLC means development of more titles in the future.

mysticstryk
mysticstryk

@TWayne1020 So what your saying is that you want them to make the game then sell it. Then they don't support it after launch at all, and we don't get any newly made maps for the rest of the products life cycle? Sounds pretty lame to me. You clearly think that all dlc is already made before the game ships and is just left out to sell later. While I can see Activision doing this, it is not how the rest of the world works.

TWayne1020
TWayne1020

3X DLC = 3x more ways to cheat you out of more money . Stuff that should already be in the game !!!!!

The_M0rt
The_M0rt

I would like to see DICE having infinity times the amount of mod support that BC2 had. That is, I'd like to see mod tools, full stop.

Mkherkzen
Mkherkzen

@ monson21502 Well, believe it or not, but there are many people who still play Bad Company 2, Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2142...and even Battlefield 1942! (not to be confused with the Battlefield 1943 for consoles). And if BF:BC2 is boring than...man, you must have adrenaline flowing in your veins, instead of blood :P

wedran123
wedran123

I hope PC users get free DLC again.....

cnssportsfan
cnssportsfan

Lol Why Is Everybody Complaining....Its Not Like EA Is Holding A Gun To Your Head And Demanding You Buy The DLC.....Calm Down

VALikimlav
VALikimlav

I was going to get this on day one, but looks like I'm going to wait for the inevitable Ultimate or Game of the Year Edition that has all the DLC.

monson21502
monson21502

wont matter if its as boring as bbc2.. no 1 will still be playing it long enuff to care.... wil be too many other fun shooters out imo