Next three Battlefield 3 expansions revealed

Infantry-focused Close Quarters hits in June with large-scale Armored Kill and End Game to follow; console versions to support customizable rental servers.

Electronic Arts announced details of the next three expansions for Battlefield 3 at an event in San Francisco last night.

Battlefield 3 is getting three new expansion packs.

The first of the newly announced content packs is titled Battlefield 3: Close Quarters and will be released in June. The expansion will feature infantry-focused "vertical" gameplay with four new indoor maps and 10 new weapons that can also be used in the original version of the game.

In line with Battlefield 3's timed exclusivity deal with Sony, Close Quarters will be exclusive to the PlayStation 3 for one week, before launching for other platforms.

The next expansion--Battlefield 3: Armored Kill--has no current release window, but EA said it would feature new vehicles and the biggest maps in the franchise's history.

Finally, EA announced a third new expansion titled Battlefield 3: End Game, but gave no further details.

The publisher also announced it would be introducing customizable available-for-rent servers for console versions of Battlefield 3. EA already offers servers for rent for PC copies of Battlefield 3.

Last month, EA revealed a major patch for the shooter, including general, vehicle, weapon, weapon accessory, and game type updates. According to the publisher, Battlefield 3 has sold through 10 million copies to customers as of February 2012.

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DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

An expansion should include a new story for 1p or coop mode and so if they don't add this all they are selling is some content that should been included with the game in the first place.

darkknight9174
darkknight9174

The best thing about the article is the cute editor at the bottom.

LettuceJoans
LettuceJoans

Close quarters sounds like more sh1tty cod maps. Armored kill sounds bad ass though

AlphaProWolf
AlphaProWolf

I remember having such good memories playing BBC2, BF3 is still good but I loved BBC2 heaps and played hundreds of hours on it:)

vault-boy
vault-boy

Wait... this is free right? Because charging 40 bucks for DLC is a pretty good scam otherwise... Instead of a 60 dollar game your actually buying a 100 dollar game. But if it is free I'll at least admit that the people in charge of publishing BF3 have some sort of a soul.

vault-boy
vault-boy

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Nodashi
Nodashi

I'll not get Close Quarters. Armored kill sounds like a lot of fun... here's for hoping they add a 3rd side (like Euro forces in BF2, I'd really love to have access to the Leopard 2 MBT in the BF3 engine, such a sexy tank).

funkdonkey
funkdonkey

Aren't all of you sick of being told how you can use YOUR copy of EA games on Origin? Have you tried to play any of your Origin games while NOT connected to the net? WTF is going on here? Why are we letting EA treat us like this? I say BOYCOTT EA AND ORIGIN!!! Please! For gamers everywhere who are sick of digital rights management. It will only get worse unless we STOP BUYING THEIR GAMES!!!!!! I know from the bottom of my heart how hard it is not to play games like BF3 and I haven't played ME3 but I loved the first 2 and it KILLS ME to not play the third but THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE TO DO to get our games back... I realize that we pretty much all own BF3 already but DON'T BUY ANY MORE FROM ORIGIN!!! From one gamer, and huge BF3 fan, to all of you... ...Don't buy these expansions...

FroMcJoe
FroMcJoe

Super big vehicle map? Can you say tank time with zoom optics = 30 kill streak? Well, unless there are a lot of planes too. Then I will probably get a -10 kill streak. Oh well I'm down for some new DLC

Tharkun89
Tharkun89

i dont want any bigger maps...i dont like running for 5 minutes before finding anyone

Tharkun89
Tharkun89

@jackson2415 because activision is totally the only company that charges for dlc....

yellosnolvr
yellosnolvr

at least they're showcasing the milkage of this game months in advance. i hate dlc.

SrpskiVojnik
SrpskiVojnik

I'm actually surprised they didn't try to cash in on DLCs over giving us quality DLC (like Bioware and ME3 with that Prothean addon and story).

dreamfist11
dreamfist11

WHOOT WHOOT this is how dlc should be done!

kid23455
kid23455

I like Battlefield 3, though I don't believe it's a great game because it feels rushed and mainly it doesn't have that addictiveness that BC2 had. Battlefield 3 I can sit down and play for probably 30 minutes, then get bored and leave. Bad Company 2 I could play and realize at 6 o'clock in the morning I played for 12 hours straight.

3v1LR0n1N
3v1LR0n1N

I love BF3 (though i am currently playing 360 version...crappy pc :P) and i would love to see where they go with the expansions just like they did with BF2 (yes the original not a console version). and at the same time i wish they could add more SP... either way these 3 that they have here sound pretty good to me.

badiie05
badiie05

@iPostMaReviews haha yea it gets to me sometimes, i got the best and funniest memories playing BC2

iPostMaReviews
iPostMaReviews

@BryanParksSuper ...and what's so bad about that? Oh wait, you're a moron console f*ggot who has no idea what it's like

iPostMaReviews
iPostMaReviews

@badiie05 I have way more fun in BC2 as well, trust me you're not alone dude there's a reason why BC2 is still going strong lol

badiie05
badiie05

@dragonrebornxx I was starting to think i was the only one, haha your reply was 100% true, everything i would have said you just typed.

dragonrebornxx
dragonrebornxx

@badiie05 i must sadly agree bfbc2 had something... magical maybe it was its simplicity. I do love the suppresion addition but overall bc2 felt like more fun this just feels harder.

badiie05
badiie05

I'm not being entertained with BF3 as much as BFBC2, and I bought the limited edition for BF3. *sigh*

criminalscum87
criminalscum87

I'd like some maps from the Bad Company games honestly. The close quarters pack would be welcome as most of the maps in this game are MASSIVE. I'm curious to hear more about End Game.

madgame23
madgame23

they need to fix all the hacks in the game. Many players use assist hacks that help locate other players and notify you when you are being scoped and it ruins the game. I used to see certain players seem to own on the maps and they seemed to find everyone and had the best accuracy. Not only that but weapons suck in this game, rpg's land like right next to a guy and he doesnt even get hurt or takes minimal damage and couple hits from a gun and you die real realistic. yeah a bunch of players wine about something like that and they change the mechanics yet the hackers stay scott free because they dont catch them.

StinkoryJones
StinkoryJones

I'm excited for some close quarters to be honest. I kinda tired of some of these caspian border games finishing with 3 kills and 2 deaths as the MVP, barely encountering someone else unless doing something radical. Now more details on the rest of the expansions!!

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

biggest maps in the franchise's history? Bring it on! :D

kid23455
kid23455

How about we make the T88 and MG36 from the last DLC not aimed 20 feet above my face first, okay guys? It makes it difficult to shoot people when my arms are blocking my eyes.

Gruug
Gruug

IF EA/Dice fix the PC version (infinite "LOADING" between maps) that was not broke before the Nov 22, 2011 patch I will purchase these. If not, no way.

JoeSour
JoeSour

@Tzardok "So now is the time to speak with your wallet and make a choice that will define this service in the future to come" Well said sir!

gameking5000
gameking5000

@JoeSour Tell that all the cod haters...

Diegocr
Diegocr

Armored Kill sounds sick.

djpetitte
djpetitte

@BryanParksSuper OMG you are clueless, your comment is an epic fail. Just another console newby gamer that has no clue about hosting a dedicated server. Its actaully awesome to be the admin of a server then you can easily boot people like you who thinks something is bs because they are clueless about it.

JoeSour
JoeSour

Why is everyone complaining? At least DICE DLC is off disc. Also DLC is optional, the only mandatory download will be the large update to the game. If you're not interested, then don't buy it. Same goes for the rented servers. If you don't want to rent a server, then don't. People probably will so they can host private games or clan matches. What a bunch of vaginas...

Tzardok
Tzardok

@BryanParksSuper I also share your skepticism about renting servers, however I do feel your argument is a bit "heated". The BF series is awesome and so is COD (I still have reservations with Killzone sadly). BF and COD are different games however, COD is more close quarters oriented and BF allows for strategy elements to be involved due to it's larger map scale and vehicle usage. I personally prefer BF series, but I have no quarrels with COD players either. As customers we can always benefit from the competition. I like choices. But back to the issue at hand, if server renting business works, other companies would follow. So now is the time to speak with your wallet and make a choice that will define this service in the future to come.

Hortey
Hortey

@BryanParksSuper Actually this is great. Renting servers lets you mess with the options... You can make a classic mode with core health, no tank/player regen, no 3d spotting. Or you can make a REAL hardcore mode with no minimap and slightly longer respawn timers but also longer "man down" timers to emphasize medics healing and reviving teammates. It's an option to rent, they give dedicated servers for free (well, included in the price of the online pass I guess). This just lets people make the game better if they so choose to do it... and make rooms for their clan to play in that is all their own. I'm pretty sure COD has server renting options, and it was one of the biggest issues a while back when they decided not to rent them.. I think it was reverted.

BryanParksSuper
BryanParksSuper

So BF3 players have the option to rent Servers. What a load of BS. Thank god I never played any BF games. I will stick with my COD and Killzone. Renting servers please. Epic fail.

10V3n0M01
10V3n0M01

June DLC...COD Map Pack...Metro 2.0...no thank you. You don't beat your rival by becoming the same. It's not bf anymore, it's a COD hybrid with vehicles. How disappointing.

10V3n0M01
10V3n0M01

I'm not so happy about this. I'm relatively new to the Online Gaming sector and I'm hoping that not all companies handle their games like EA/DICE does. This June dlc is basically a COD dlc. Don't get me wrong now. COD is brilliant but for me 1 or 2 COD-like maps(like Metro) is enough for me. I was instantly attracted to BF by the huge maps and epic vehicle battles with helicopters, jets and tanks. This disappoints me. Let COD be COD, don't try to steal their customers by becoming COD. Please DICE. Anyways, for me I'll just be looking forward to Armored Kill. Going to be a long wait :'(

chrispicard
chrispicard

DLC dates?... DLC prices?... Patch date?...

Gigas_Yuu
Gigas_Yuu

Couldn't care less for 2142, I would like to experience WW2 the way it was meant to be experienced. ...By DICE on modern graphics cards and CPUs. Please bring back the multi-seat bombers!

Pete5506
Pete5506

Really wanted to see the 2142 remake

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

 @Soothsayer42 Battlefield is all about big maps and if people don't like it go play some other game.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

 @JoeSour I am complaining because an expansion should add story and so if they are not adding more 1p game or some coop then this should just be called DLC

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

 @IIBlackknightII .... and typical consumers out there (unlike me) paying for DLC and memberships instead of holding out and telling EA and other companies this stuff should be cheaper or free