DICE dishes details on VIP Map Pack 7; will contain original Bad Company's Oasis and Harvest Day environments; no release date announced.
Battlefield: Bad Company has pushed over 5 million units since debuting early this year. In the time that has past, the title has played host to a number of downloadable packs, as well as the cooperative Onslaught mode. Now, Swedish series developer DICE is gearing up for another virtual assault.
DICE today announced VIP Map Pack 7, a content expansion pack different from the six before it. The pack will contain updated Battlefield: Bad Company maps Oasis and Harvest Day, as well as two new environments from Bad Company 2's single-player: Cold War and Heavy Metal. The downloadable content will be free for gamers with VIP access. VIP membership is free with new copies of the game and $15 otherwise.
The original Bad Company environments have been updated with Destruction 2.0, "enhanced graphics and lighting," as well as remastered ambient sounds.
According to DICE level designer Cristian Pavel, not much was lost in translation updating the original Bad Company maps for play in Bad Company 2.
"The map has not been changed drastically, so returning players will feel right at home the moment they step into this Oasis," Pavel said. "The revised parts of the levels are minor. For example, the gold crates in BC1 were located on the rooftops, which we can't have now that entire buildings can collapse. So we had to put the crates on the ground in some places. Things like that."
Unfortunately, DICE was short on details surrounding Cold War and Heavy Metal. However, the developer did note that Heavy Metal is one of the largest environments the studio has ever built and promised more details on the map will arrive this Wednesday. For more on Battlefield: Bad Company 2, check out GameSpot's review.
@106743 The Ka-52 was seen prominently throughout the campaign, so it wasn't used only once. And what reason would DICE have for the Ka-52 to appear anyway? It could easily be replaced by the Hind or Havoc. Not saying that I don't want it in the game, but what is the likelihood of it actually appearing?
@k1ll8_saurav The Ka-52 is a creditable Russian helicopter as well to be on only one of the maps in BF:BC (Oasis); therefore it would be rather simple to add and keep its originality.
@106473 True that. But I still highly doubt that they'll add in a new vehicle when it's not used for the rest of the game, unless they add in a bunch of other vehicles, like the rest of the MEC vehicles.
@k1ll8_saurav well there is a carcuss of the ka-52 on Valparaiso conquest so you never know till you see it for yourself.
Also can't wait to see how large Heavy Metal is, considering how big their original BF maps were. I'm not sure if they mean it's huge in comparison to them (PC BF) or in comparison to BC2.
@106473 I don't think they give you the Ka-52. I think they replace it with the Hind or Havoc. Sorry to burst your bubble, but they don't have the Ka-52 anymore. However, I am delighted they finally got around to a throwback map pack. Seems like DICE is listening after all. I hope they add more maps through DLC from BC1, like End of the Line (I think it was, but it was the huge map with two helicopters versing each other over that pond).
If only they could get Wake Island into the mix...one of the best maps in the entire battlefield series.
@athenian29 that is completely untrue, all of the map packs for bad company 2 have and always will come out for PC, the only thing that hasnt come out is onslaught mode
I heard somewhere that all of the map packs and such that DICE has released - and will release - have been/will be only on consoles. I own the game on PC, and haven't gotten to play it nearly as much as I would like, so I wouldn't know. Could somebody please confirm or deny this? Thanks.
Why dont they bring back the original-original-maps of Battlefield 2? Unless thats going to happen for Bad Company 3 or that free to play project they've been working on but either way all the Battlefield 2 maps I fell in love with, there were only a few that I disliked. They should go back to their roots and dig up not only the vintage maps but also the commander mode and the ability to suggest where squads should attack or defend, those were the golden days.
@kevinsdb Obviously it will be out for PCs too, it's still the same game engine. Also, I don't think it's in their best interest to induce rage on the PC community :P ( which is nearly as large as the dedicated community on both PS3 and 360 )
well at least its new maps cant go wrong there unless the arnt fun to play. playing bf:bc1 i can tell you oasis and harvest are fun maps, but im going to remain neutral on the other two until i see them.
expansions will be good and i'l get it probaly but not MAPPACK for maps from old game, 15$ activiosn done smae thing on 5 map all remember that? and 2 of maps were from 1st MW.
This is great and all don't get me wrong I just wish there was a release date for this and Vietnam but I digress, it's great.
@LTB__ you think activision would do that? they would charge you 90 bucks for a new gun. or a tactical nuke. no thank you
It's about time they gave BC2 the Oasis map. Battlefield: Bad Company is one of the few FPS multiplayers that I can keep going back to for fun matches and a constant line of new free DLC. I wish they'd add challenges/medals/awards/guns into BC2 though.
hey, activision, this is how you make a game. we battlefield fans arent going out to buy call of duty 2010. we are waiting for vip map pack 7, and then bad company 2 vietnam! wow. we get TWO MAPS FOR FREE and new maps and weapons for 15! what is better... or will save me more money..... yeah, battlefield! FOR THE WIN. now back to my hard drive dilemma...
Glad I'm a VIP member :D This will definitely get me back into BC2, even with the release of Black Ops.
now this is a full package in a game like this I recommend to anyone who havent played this game yet BUY IT !!!! its waaaayyy better than moh
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