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Battlefield 3 expansions will offer 'completely new experiences'

DICE not a fan of "delivering piecemeal map packs"

In what sounds to us like a bit of self promotion mixed with a cheeky swipe at Call of Duty Elite, DICE has promised to deliver fresh experiences with each of the three recently announced Battlefield 3 add-on packs.

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"Instead of delivering piecemeal map packs, we're giving players a completely new experience with every themed expansion pack to keep the action fresh," said executive producer Patrick Bach.

"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."

That's fair enough, but June feels like a long time to wait for Battlefield 3's next expansion, Close Quarters. It will be followed by Armored Kill in the autumn and End Game in the winter.

Here are the official descriptions of each:

  • Close Quarters: In Battlefield 3: Close Quarters, players are dropped into a frantic, infantry-only theatre of war. Frostbite 2 high definition destruction makes the environment come alive as everything from furniture to plaster gets shot to pieces. Players will feel the intensity of the world exploding around them as rubble and broken pieces pile up on the floor, while tight level design and vertical gameplay create a highly competitive environment. Battlefield 3: Close Quarters also introduces new weapons, assignments and unique dog tags to bring back to the base game.
  • Armored Kill: Following the tight infantry gameplay of Battlefield 3: Close Quarters, DICE will release Battlefield 3: Armored Kill that ups the ante for vehicular mayhem as only Battlefield can do. Featuring new driveable tanks, ATVs, mobile artillery and more, Battlefield 3: Armored Kill also delivers huge battlefields for an all-out vehicle assault, including the biggest map in Battlefield history.
  • End Game: The fourth expansion pack will ship in the winter but details remain tightly guarded.

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