Thursday EA and DICE said that there will be two editions of Battlefield 3 when it launches on October 25 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC: the Standard Edition and the Limited Edition. Participating retailers nationwide are also offering unique pre-order items.
"Gamers who pre-order Battlefield 3 are assured a copy of the Limited Edition, which includes the deep and immersive Back to Karkand post-launch digital expansion pack at no extra charge," EA said in a press release. "With Back to Karkand, players can wage all-out war on four of the most celebrated maps from Battlefield 2 including Strike at Karkand, Gulf of Oman and the Sharqi Peninsula, all stunningly re-created using the power of Frostbite 2. Gamers who choose to purchase the digital expansion separately can do so for $14.99."
EA claims that retailers are currently receiving pre-orders in record numbers, up more than 10 times that of Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Select retailers are also providing the following items for pre-ordering the game:
Physical Warfare Pack
Storm the battlefield armed with a set of three exclusive weapons in the Physical Warfare Pack including: 1) the Type 88 light machine gun with bipod for deadly firepower and total zone control; 2) the SKS sniper rifle flash suppressor that provides increased stealth abilities for Recon soldiers; and 3) the lethal armor-piercing flechette ammo for the DAO-12 semi-automatic shotgun that will tear through anything in its path. Each weapon will be available for a limited time in-game, and will later become available to all players. Also unlocked is instant access to the highly versatile DAO-12 semi-automatic shotgun.
Players can expand their customizable options in Battlefield 3 with a set of eight unique multiplayer skins, one for each class in Battlefield 3.
Dog Tag Pack
In Battlefield 3, dog tags serve as the player's in-game signature, allowing gamers to customize their soldiers. Dog tags are displayed on screen every time a player takes down an enemy or claims an opponent's dog tags. This pre-order exclusive item comes with five new, unique dog tags.
PC gamers will be able to download the Battlefield 3 Limited Edition at Origin (powered by EA) as well as over 100 digital retailers worldwide. Orion Publishing also plans to release a novel alongside the launch of the game, written by the highly decorated ex-SAS operator and best-selling author of Bravo Two Zero, Andy McNab, with co-author Peter Grimsdale.
"McNab is working with the creative team at DICE to ensure the authenticity and grittiness of today's warfare is experienced in the single player, co-op and multiplayer campaigns," EA said.
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Lemme know when the steam version is available. And they release a sdk for this. Bf3 could easily last 10 years with that. Let the community make maps for the game for free ea then patch the best ones in. Makes more sense than paying your devs teams then making us pay for them. Free maps and new games bought at 30 a crack, or a map pack that fragments the community that makes you $15 each? Which sounds like it'll make money to you?Reply
anyways.. what is the pc spec. req??Reply
It wont be on steam. Look it up.Reply
"2) the SKS sniper rifle flash suppressor that provides increased stealth abilities for Recon soldiers; "Reply
Surely this is a typo; The SKS is NOT a sniper rifle. It's not even a "long range" rifle. Maybe they mean the SVT or SVD the former being a 1940's rifle, and the latter a Combloc Warsawpact era rifle. Both of these have long range applications.
I'll only buy it if its available on steam. I'm not going to maintain anther games/store platform.Reply
Medal of Bad Company 3Reply
After playing it for a while in alpha I got to say most of the "Bad company 3" comments were due to the shitty map choice. It was A) small with only 32 players B) Rush mode and C) almost infantry only. Which is exactly the equation for what bc2 is known for. My biggest complaint about it was the poor 3d spotting system which was spammable but is getting fixed with the extremely vocal threads about it on the alpha forums. Once we get into the 64 player maps with jets and helicopter everywhere the BF2 feeling will come back full steam. Also, the spawning system was fairly borked due to using a old version of the game for alpha... made attacking very hard when you couldn't spawn on your squad and had to spawn all the way back at base. The BF2142 class system is a nice change though.Reply
Seriously guys, wtf with this not being on Steam. Guess I will be missing out on it too but glad I got my Bad Company 2 multiplayer with destructable buildings (left of out BF3, another thing I can't believe).Reply
greghome.......no LAN support too, imma guess and after crysis 2 was pulled from steam and EA trying to push it's "Origin", makes me doubt a steam version would be available at launchReply
Actually, Origin isn't as bad as people are making it out to be. You will not even have to have it running to play the game. It is literally just used in acquiring the games. The true problem may come with the battlelog system they are trying to use which is hit-and-miss at best.
Maximus_DeltaSeriously guys, wtf with this not being on Steam. Guess I will be missing out on it too but glad I got my Bad Company 2 multiplayer with destructable buildings (left of out BF3, another thing I can't believe). It was only left out of the game due to being AN OLD ALPHA. They stated most of the destruction and particle effect were not in this version of the game and will be in beta. The alpha version was gutted. Is this seriously the first alpha for people now? Doesn't seem like they understand the purpose (which was testing battlelog mostly and macro gameplay mechanics).Reply