Premium service will grant access to early and exclusive content.
The leaked Battlefield 3 Premium service is basically a rival to Call of Duty’s Elite service
The service gives played access to maps packs, weapons among other Premium items The image was posted on NeoGAF, and was confirmed by EA.
The document apparently brings a staggering amount of new and themed content, presumably referencing the DLC packs which take distinct approaches (for example, Back to Karkland brought back Battlefield 2 maps). The price will be $49.99.
Members also includes the five themed expansions backs along with early access by two weeks. In-game weapons include the ACB-90 knife, hardly the most requested weapon type, while there are dog tags and exclusive armor and weapon camos available. Whether that’s value for money for people depends on whether you’re into cosmetic options. The two weeks’ early access covers all the expansion packs, taking you up to the next Battlefield title and gives you Double XP weekends and Premium-only events. I’m not sure how I feel about getting skimped out of content that I didn’t pay — oh, wait.
The five expansions being covered are Battlefield 3: Back to Karkland, Close Quarters, Armored Kill, Aftermath and End Game – all of them. That’s, in total, 20 maps, weapons, 10+ vehicles, 4 new games modes, 30+ assignments and over 20 dog tags. That’s a lot of of content, and a strategy guide will be released in June with tips from Dice experts.
The Premium service is coming to the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 for $49.99/£49.99 or a whopping 4,000 Microsoft Points. It will launch on June 4, which is the same day as EA’s press conference (surprise surprise). The cost is a one-time fee, so no massive charges this time.
EA since confirmed the service is coming and said to head to Battlefield.com on June 4. Go to Battlefield.com/Premium, which doesn’t work currently.
Battlefield 3 is strange because it was well received on launch, at least the multiplayer was, but long-time fans don’t feel it’s as balanced as Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Do I? Yes, it feels fine. The mechanics feels smoother than BC2, and the engine is certainly better.