Early BF3 Back to Karkand DLC problems on PS3

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We’re pleased to say that for most of you playing Battlefield 3 right now with a copy of the Limited Edition of the game, the highly anticipated Back to Karkand expansion pack is now live and available to download for free.

However, there’s one or two teething problems to tell you about as we’re sure that some of you have been experiencing a few problems when trying to find a Back to Karkand server on one of the four new maps that are available in the pack.

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The good news, is that DICE has already highlighted this issue, and has stated that players who are finding it difficult to see a Back to Karkand map in the server browser, should instead use the quick match option on PS3 to select a B2K map for now, until they provide a fix to solve the problem. Here is the message in full, as taken on the official Battlefield blog:

‘At the moment, we are experiencing issues with the server browser. Please use the Quick Match filter settings to pick the Back to Karkand map and mode you want to play. Going through the server browser right now will match you up with base game maps only. We are hard at work isolating and fixing this issue and will have an ETA on this later. Stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, using Quick Match will let you select and play on any map, from the base game or Back to Karkand.”

On a side note, we’ve also read some isolated issues where the PlayStation Store is still asking gamers to pay for the Back to Karkand content, regardless if you own a Limited Edition version of the game, in which case it should be free. We have seen this problem at first hand ourselves, so we can definitely confirm that this is happening to a few of you.

Overall, there doesn’t appear to be any major problems with the new content, which is obviously great. If you have run into any Back to Karkand issues during installation or in-game, be sure to share your experiences with us below.

  • Paul_thompson_23

    I have the limited editon on PS3 and it says i have to pay? The only code i received when i bought the game was the online pass inside which im hoping allows me to access back to kharkand.

  • Pietervercammen7

    same problem as below i have the unlimited edition but it says i have to pay for back to karkand pls fix this

    • http://www.facebook.com/leesangdo 이상도

      dude are u fuking moron or something it said its free 

  • Schwedwan

    I have limited and I have it for free, but I have downloaded the expansion pack and installed it about 3 times now, and it has not worked to play the maps, it does not even show up as an option in the Quick Match filter..It like if the Ps3 or the game doesn’t recognize the installation or something..

    • Schwedwan

      Problem fixed, just don’t be an idiot like me and make sure that the installation is done without any internet disturbances lol. Also don’t leave the game while installing and preferbly don’t download it in the background, my Ps3 never recognized the install then. 

    • Francis Pl

      you need to restart your ps3
      I installed it twice, tried restarting the system, and it worked

      • Sarver247

        I have downloaded the content a few times and restarted.  Still not recognizing and showing DLC error like it’s not even downloaded.  Any other advice?

      • Rjmonger123

        Dude thanks

    • Konaku89

      i have same problem and have yet to find out whats wrong

  • JokerBomber

    The downloadable package doesn’t appear at all in the store. I don’t know what’s wrong with mine….

    • Ryan_c1

      Same here.. there’s nothing but an online pass for $9.99, and I have the limited edition… in Ottawa, Can.

  • Sam

    A game having problems on PS3!?!! Wow, sooooo unusual…

    • Boneraaa3

      ur a fuckhead its ea not ps3

  • CHICKENFUGER

    cant find the dlc in the in game store OR main menu store?!?! Why god, WHY?!

  • AnimalMotha34

    I dont even see the DLC in the in-game store what the heck?

    • Marcel Cholby

      my in game store is empty too… does not show any product. have you solved your problem? how?

  • Bf3head

    Im having that stupid problem too.. i cant see it in my ps store… i tried checking the ingame store and it just says This content will be announced soon..
     

    • Bf3head

       oh and it doesnt even say what the content is..

    • Abc123

      I know! I hope this will end soon… The main reason I preordered was for this DLC…

  • DC

    nothing works i keep trying to play it but i cant EA your p!@#ing me off

  • Gordiandres

    ok this is what happened the reason why ppl cant acess it is because ea announced it was going to be released to day but they only listed pacific time if you live in the eastern time zone, u can acess it between 5pm and 9pm

  • http://www.facebook.com/leesangdo 이상도

    same here not available maybe for tomorrow, and dlc doesn’t appear because it is not available dikheads 

  • Cpaine

    just got outta work went to dl the expansion pack and i dont even have the option. I got the limited edition and everything, but neither in the playstation store or bf3 in game store doesnt even show it. any answers

  • ThePieMan

    Downloads okay for me but installing is now stuck at 36% :(

    • bigsum56

      Mine too… 36% :( wtf..

      • WTF EA!

        Me too, it’s been 25min…

        • Screaming Monkey

          I am having SAME problem.  Install is stuck at 36%.

  • Dsadsa

    Damn!! I bought the limited edition and it says i have to pays… im gonna pay but EA… come on refund me…..

  • J_oli07

    The map pack froze when installing.. should I turn the ps off? Any one else have this issue?

    • Callmemudd

      I wouldn’t advise turning it off… mine is stuck at 93% right now… not sure wtf is up but I hope it snaps out of it on its own.

      • Callmemudd

        Wow… okay so it said it installed, but I when I try to join a game on the new maps it says my content wasn’t installed and now it’s not available in the PlayStation Store either.  I swear EA is run by a bunch of chimpanzees… great game DICE, but some serious half ass execution when it comes to EA and their servers… incredibly dissapointed.

    • Callmemudd

      Yeah just give it time… mine was froze for about 15 mins then suddenly snapped out of it and completed the install.  Good luck man!

  • Yoelgonzalez11

    hey i download the maps but dosent show up in the menu helppp

  • http://www.facebook.com/pjc90 PJ Cancelliere

    So I have never had any issues with BF3 multiplayer but I downloaded the new patch and got Back to Karkland and now half the time I play I spawn without any equipment, and if I finish the game like that it freezes.

  • Bry

    So far…it froze on me while downloading and now after a hard restart of my system. It has frozen again…this time during install. what the hell am i supposed to do now…says not to turn power off during install…PS3!!!

    • Andre

      The installation is also frozen for me now. Stuck on 96% for the last ten minutes.

      • Andre

        Okay. So I got the “you have been signed out of the playstation network” error and the installation finished. Maybe that has something to do with it? Off to play now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=624483144 Mathias Eriksson

    Damn, I have never had any problems with BF3 on my PS3. But after
    installing Back to Karkand, BF3 freezes about 5-10 minutes in a game.
    Whats up with that? Anyone else have this problem?

    I have tried re-installing BF3 and Karkand pack but no luck!

  • Bukhar Robert

    Hi!I have already bought the Back to karkand dlc from the psn store,and dowload it several times but isn’t working for me.I do not able to select new maps and If I try it on the serwer browser the following massage appears You don’t own the content.WTF?I tried to download trough the game menu but dosen’t work.Any help?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=624483144 Mathias Eriksson

      After installing B2K did you get this message? “Congratulations! You have unlocked Back to Karkand expansion pack.”? Have you tried the Quick Match option and selected a B2K map?

      • Bukhar Robert

        I didn’t get any massage.Thy for your help.I think the problem is that I shared my english account where i bought the dlc more then 2 people.I have a hungarian account originally and i need to buy additional content in an other account.(english)

  • Dynasty2021

    More ‘technical’ issues are that there is no 5-flag version of Wake Island.

    You spawn on the tips of the ‘horse shoe’ unless you spawn in the jets or helos.

    Yet again, we get screwed over by consoles due to your dated, rubbish hardware!

  • AngryBF3player

    I have the problem stated in the text.. Even though i have the limited edition it says that i need to pay for it which is really bugging me .. Fix it plz

  • http://www.facebook.com/tyren14 Tyren Cooper

    My download reaches about 10-20% and then it freezes, I left it for about 10 minutes and it didn’t change, I’ve noticed others have experienced this problem, upon restart my PS3 said it had corrupted software on it, what is the solution?

    • Simon l.

      At around 16% complete. My ps3 also froze and had the same error as posted by tyren Cooper. Help?

      • Simon l.

        Just an update:

        I was stuck at 16% then after 10mins wait it snapped out of hibernation and cotinued the download process. Unfortunately, at 85% complete, it froze… Wtf

        • Simon L

          Just another update:

          I got it working!!! I have B2k!!

          I was so fed up yesterday that I actually called PSN tech support with a live agent telling me what to do with the system.

          She first told me to delete my bf3 playing data then turn off the system then she gave me step by step instructions on how to get my ps3 back into safe mode. This is where it gets interesting, cuz this is actually the official and best way to restore corrupt data on ur ps3′s. (***I strongly reccomend u calling psn to guide u cuz I don’t rmb all the steps)

          After it was restored, I reinstalled bf3 and waited for all the 780mb updates then the B2K 1300mb. (yes, my system froze again while downloading DLC but pls be patience cuz it snapped out of frozen mode and started downloading again. This DLC process took me an hour to be exact. don’t worry if u got signed out of psn while downloading the dlc but it continued downloading on mine.)

          After 3 hours, success! Now I’m playing the new maps and it’s running really smooth!

          My setup was:
          The big old 40gb ps3 ver.
          Wired connection
          A big heart for patience
          YouTube & snacks

          Wired connection

  • Ben

    I had to download it twice,cand on the third time it prompted to download it again, then froze and almost corrupted my PS3 hardrive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000665441359 Craig Rebello

    same here 11 % in the dl and she froze AGAIN was afraid my hard drive had been corrupted, but it was good still cant get it to download though!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Ruiz/1387917947 John Ruiz

    My system keeps on freezing when playing new maps. It has happened 10 times already.. I’ve only been able to play a full match of wake island and gulf of oman, the other 2 freeze within 1-3 min of playing time

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=624483144 Mathias Eriksson

      Had the same problem. But it disappeared…maybe it was a server thing I don’t know…

  • Illagueril1

    I have the LE and downloaded it with no problems but I don’t have conquest assault as a choice to play, I deleted and downloaded and installed again and it’s still not there, did anybody else have this problem??

  • Callmeaj04

    omg i had the same problem with it not being free and having to pay. then i contacted EA via live chat and they asked me for the email registered with the game i gave it to them and they said “there is no game under that email” bull$&*# so i gave them my other accounts email and guess what they tell me the same thing. but guys for me i signed into my master account for my ps3 the first one created and i went into playstation store and it was there for free. hope this solves your problem.

    • Ebbtider

      Been having the same problem and this worked for me too – so thanks for the heads up

  • Mel Leese

    Can’t download. Keeps telling me its the wrong code or it has expired! Any Idea’s.

  • Timto

    When down loading  Karkand Pack, my ps3 stopped at about 80%, I waited about 10 min, nothing. I then hit ps button twice on controller and it finished down loading. Everything is working fine now. Hope this helps other players. TW

  • Konaku89

    its not working at all for me ive downloaded the b2k 4 times and deleted all bf3 data from my ps3 then reinstalled and its still saying i dont have it

  • Konaku89

    its not working at all for me ive downloaded the b2k 4 times and deleted all bf3 data from my ps3 then reinstalled and its still saying i dont have it

  • Simon L

    Just another update:

    I got it working!!! I have B2k!!

    I was so fed up yesterday that I actually called PSN tech support with a live agent telling me what to do with the system.

    She first told me to delete my bf3 playing data then turn off the system then she gave me step by step instructions on how to get my ps3 back into safe mode. This is where it gets interesting, cuz this is actually the official and best way to restore corrupt data on ur ps3′s. (***I strongly reccomend u calling psn to guide u cuz I don’t rmb all the steps)

    After it was restored, I reinstalled bf3 and waited for all the 780mb updates then the B2K 1300mb. (yes, my system froze again while downloading DLC but pls be patience cuz it snapped out of frozen mode and started downloading again. This DLC process took me an hour to be exact. don’t worry if u got signed out of psn while downloading the dlc but it continued downloading on mine.)

    After 3 hours, success! Now I’m playing the new maps and it’s running really smooth!

    My setup was:
    The big old 40gb ps3 ver.
    Wired connection
    A big heart for patience
    YouTube & snacks

    Wired connection

  • Jonhef95

    Since you’re so glad to hear all issues and experiences.. my issue is that my bf3 was fine until i downloaded the dlc and the whole game got corrupted and nothings okay anymore.. cant join new maps or the whole game freezes on loading screen and then i gotta restart and when i can play which was only on co-op i couldn’t see any of my characters weapons or use them. So it was an extremely great an awesome experience for me to see that. vshbuddy

  • jonhef95/vshbuddy

    At first i downloaded the dlc and then i started up the game i went to go play a map on the browser since the maps were not displayed on the quick match for some reason. when i joined it told me something like the server was running something i didnt have. I download the dlc again just incase the first time something happened. I then play the game again and then the new maps are displayed on the quick match “option”. I select 1 of the new maps to play and then it freezes on the loading screen. everytime i must restart when it does this. When i restart i get a new cool message saying “hard disc file corrupted” i repair it. Then it gets stuck in a “hard disc file corrupted loop” meaning i must restore the whole PS3 system by going to safe mode. So i restore Ps3 since i like non-stuck-for-life-ps3s. Now that its restored , i set all the info (date/time) and download the Game/update/dlc again. Start the game. I join any map any any any and yes i said any map i join even the default maps wont load at all. So i tryed the co-op online because i thought it might work and it did but then when the game starts i cant see my physical character’s weapons or equiptment like its missing those files of the game or something. anyway theres my little experience im havin right now.. no big deal though not like im tryn to fix it or anything or get any help at all because that would be really bad idea to get help.

  • Hiddedevoogt

    If I do my download, first it downloads like 30% and thwn my ps3 completely freezes and when I shut it down it says “corrupted data’ anyone who solves this?

  • Sauer Tristan

    I bought the limited edition on ps3 but I don’t have access to the Back to Karkand content. I contacted EA but they were no help. However, I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one with this problem, and hope it will get fixed soon. Anyone with a solution, please share.

  • Fordfusion84

    B2k won’t load and is giving corrupted messages and causing me to hard re-set on ps3

  • Fordfusion84

    And I still have not even been able to download it w/o a system freeze

  • Corzart

    DICE you really need to get them Fingers and brains working as i can speak for me and the rest of everyone else is that this game is so not what you said it’s going to be !!! BF3 has more Bugs than that crappy Game called “world of Warcraft” by Bliz !!! i got the Limted Ed and payed for the online pass and i can’t even play any games in server Browser i mean WTF guys … most of us payed £42. to £45 for a game that does not work at all

  • Dan-raindrops

    I got the bf3 normal edition (which costed 65€ in Portugal) plus b2k (which costed 15€) and I can’t enjoy the game to its fullest, I’ve got a ps3 and it will only allow me to play Rush on the b2k maps, I can’t play Conquest or any other mode on normal maps.
    Please place DICE, fix this problem, I’ve paid 80€ to enjoy “the fps of the year” and it has only given me headaches!

  • dabrowncheef

    when on the B2K maps, my MG3 is above my head. While holding the gun my player holds it above his head?

  • Qquuiiinn

    content still not available baah shamefull

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Dalgliesh/100000640225767 James Dalgliesh

    I keep punching in the code, i do have the LE version of the game. And it keeps telling me that it is expired like you said. Although i have been trying for a while, and looked at a lot of sources online, but have not found any solutions that have worked.

    • Tristansilvis

      if its a used game then that code will already be used so you would have to buy a new code some how or buy a new game

  • Ben2da_g

    My lil brother erased the dlc back to arkand and now I can’t get it back is there any other way to get it back is there a way to to redeem it I tried to download it all over again bur it’s not working please help

  • Ichicano

    i hate this,, my ps3 is freezing alot and only with this game

  • http://www.facebook.com/connie.parrish2 Connie Young Parrish

    mann i got it an i down loaded it an i dident get maps guns noting help