An online Battlefield 3 competition with a $1.6 million prize pot kicks off early next year, developer DICE has announced.

Organised in partnership with Virgin Gaming, the Battlefield 3 Worldwide Conquest Tournament will see PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 users shoot each other up for a slice of the dough. Sorry PC gamers, you're not invited.

Details of exactly how it will all go down are yet to be firmed up, but the matches will take place online with a live grand finale planned for some time in 2012.

Reckon you're in with a shot? Pre-registration has just begun.

'The Battlefield series has always been a very social experience with its best-in-class multiplayer gameplay and we're honored to have such passionate and loyal fans," commented DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson.

"We want to give them the best Battlefield experience we've ever created with Battlefield 3. The Worldwide Conquest Tournament with Virgin Gaming is a great way to celebrate the gameplay and reward our fans."

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