EA just recently announced they plan on rolling out three more expansion packs for Battlefield 3. The first expansion was Back to Karkand, which featured the most popular maps from Battlefield 2 re-imagined in the Frostbite 2 engine. The Back to Karkand expansion didn’t just feature new maps, but also new dog tags, weapons and assignments for each class, unlocking more weapons. EA promises more of the same with the upcoming DLC.
Battlefield: Close Quarters is planned to hit in June and features new infantry-only theatres. Just like in Back 2 Karkand, expect the environments to be wholly destructible, with the damage changing the landscape of the battle unfolding. Close Quarters will also feature new assignments, weapons and dog tags.
Battlefield: Armored Kill is slated to roll out in the fall. Armored Kill will be featuring new vehicles such as tanks, ATVs, and mobile artillary units. EA says this new DLC pack will up the ante for vehicular mayhem and will feature the largest map in biggest map in Battlefield history.
Battlefield: End Game is last but not least and is scheduled for winter and it isn’t clear if that means 2012 or 2013. Details regarding this expansion are not yet available.
Patrick Bach, Executive Producer for Battlefield 3, said in the press release, “Instead of delivering piecemeal map packs, we’re giving players a completely new experience with every themed expansion pack to keep the action fresh. Our expansions are designed to excite our large and active fan base while attracting new recruits with gameplay that is dynamic and unpredictable every time.” To me it seems these are in fact piecemeal map packs with bits of scaffolding, however, considering the quality of the Back to Karkand expansion, it is hard to imagine DICE not delivering some really great new additions to Battlefield 3 in these upcoming DLC expansions. All of the weapons unlocked with the DLC should carry over back to the original game’s map and between other DLC expansions just like it does with Back to Karkand.
No price has yet to be announced for any of the upcoming expansions. Expect more word on that as we get closer to release of Close Quarters, especially since E3 is right around the corner.