Battlefield 3 Premium: The $60 short print

More details on EA’s upcoming ‘premium’ service for Battlefield 3 has surfaced. Expected to be officially unveiled at E3, we’re now hearing that the premium service will offer a wealth of content similar to Elite, priced at around $60.

Previously, all we had known on Battlefield Premium was that it was going to be a service similar to Call of Duty Elite and that Battlefield 3 users were going to have the option of paying for content drops with additional content such as new weapons, assignments and dog tags.

Now, further details have been released prior to E3 which starts in a few days, with Battlefield Premium rumored to cost $60 in the US and around £35 in the UK. Battlefield Premium has even shown up on a retailer page online, with Danish retailer Coolshop giving it a price tag of 369 Kroner.

Sources close to MP1st have apparently confirmed to them an initial breakdown of what the Premium service will include. To start with, 20 new maps are thought to be included, along with 20 new weapons and 10 new vehicles. Four new game modes are also listed, along with 30 new assignments and 20 new dog tags.

Battlefield Premium will also give users early access to DLC content, which includes the expansion packs that have already been announced for the game. There is also mention of a fifth expansion pack which has now been given a name of ‘Aftermath’ and an expected release for the end of 2012.

A couple of points of interest immediately stick out there for us – 1) Does it mean that PS3 users will get their hands on this new premium content even earlier? At the moment, Sony already has a deal in place with EA to ensure that expansion packs release one week early than on Xbox 360 and PC. 2) We see 20 new weapons there but 30 assignments listed, giving the impression that DICE has some other rewards in mind aside from unlocking weapons which is the current trend now on Back to Karkand.

It’s important to note that all of this new content is thought to be a combination of the content you’ll get in the expansion packs, so not additional content on top. It essentially means that the $60 price is basically giving you the opportunity to play all of the content early, just like how Call of Duty Elite works.

Is it a good price for the amount of content that is on the table though? That’s the million dollar question obviously and one which we’ll probably all realise once EA has finished with their E3 presentations. One thing that doesn’t make sense to us though is that the retailer Coolshop has listed a June 29 release date for Battlefield Premium. If that’s true, then how can EA release Close Quarters before the premium content is out? If EA release Close Quarters first and then push out Premium, it’s going to cause a lot of hassle for those that pay for Close Quarters and then realise that the Premium option is the better deal. It also means that it wouldn’t come under the whole ‘benefit’ of an early release incentive as these new details imply. That is something to bear in mind anyway while you are debating whether this is legit or not.

Give us your reaction to this new information and whether you think it is a good deal or not. Would you pay $60 or £35 for Battlefield Premium or not?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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