Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand

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DICE: People worried about Battlefield 4 announcement "for all the wrong reasons"

DICE: People worried about Battlefield 4 announcement "for all the wrong reasons"

"We are better than ever when it comes to supporting our game."

DICE reckons fans are worried about the recent Battlefield 4 announcement "for all the wrong reasons".

Last month EA quietly announced Battlefield 4 with confirmation that you'll be able to play its beta by pre-ordering Medal of Honor: Warfighter, out this year.

With the BF4 beta scheduled for autumn 2013, the game is expected to launch October/November 2013. Some Battlefield fans complained that it will be released too soon after the release of Battlefield 3 (which launched six years after Battlefield 2) and that the announcement suggests the end for Battlefield 3 support.

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EA publishes, pulls Battlefield 3 Premium trailer

EA publishes, pulls Battlefield 3 Premium trailer

UPDATE: DICE confirms five hour Battlelog downtime today.

UPDATE: Battlefield developer DICE has confirmed Battlelog will be down for maintenance today for five hours as it prepares for the launch of Battlefield 3 Premium and the Close Quarters expansion.

The downtime is as follows:

7- 12 PDT.

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Sony reveals Battlefield 3 Premium release date, price

Sony reveals Battlefield 3 Premium release date, price

Out next week alongside Close Quarters DLC.

Battlefield 3 Premium launches on Monday 4th June for £39.99 / €49.99 / AU$79.95, according to Sony.

The PlayStation 3 maker listed the heavily rumoured package in its European PlayStation Store update today (since removed). It is yet to be confirmed by EA.

According to the update Battlefield Premium launches alongside the Battlefield 3 Close Quarters DLC expansion, which goes live on Monday 4th June for £11.99 / €14.99 / AU$23.95.

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FeatureBattlefield 3: the state of play

Is BF3 now finally the game it should have been at launch? DICE discusses.

With the release of the latest, gargantuan patch, some fans believe Battlefield 3 is now the game that should have launched in October 2011. Now, they believe, half a year after EA unleashed the shooter upon the gaming public, Battlefield 3's promise has finally been realised.

Battlefield 3 patch reveals rent-a-server prices

Battlefield 3 patch reveals rent-a-server prices

Patch out now on PlayStation 3.

The gargantuan Battlefield 3 patch is available to download now for PlayStation 3 - and with it comes the ability to rent servers.

Eurogamer reader Backtrack reported the server costs: 1 day: £1.19; 7 days: £5.49; 30 days: £19.99; and 90 days: £47.99.

The rent-a-server functionality was announced at GDC. Developer DICE is implementing a soft launch - it won't reach full capacity until next week.

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The truth behind retailer-exclusive pre-order extras

FeatureThe truth behind retailer-exclusive pre-order extras

Why stores do it and what it means for gamers.

One of the less popular trends of 2011 was the ramping up of the retailer-exclusive in-game extra. You know the sort of the thing - pre-order a title from Game and get a couple of extra character skins, choose HMV and get some weapon unlocks, or give your money to Zavvi and get early access to a map.

Depending on where you stand, it's either a nice bit of added value or a nuisance that prevents fans experiencing absolutely everything a game has to offer. Until recently it's been fairly easy to ignore. But things took a left turn with the release of Batman: Arkham City earlier this year, when UK supermarket giant Tesco secured a significant slab of DLC content all for themselves - a separate set of missions called Joker's Carnival Challenge Map. A sign of things to come, perhaps?

With that in mind we approached a number of UK retailers, publishers and developers to find out more about the process, why it happens and whether gamers are doomed to suffer as a result.

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Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand Review

Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand Review

Rose-tinted spectacle?

Thanks to the increasingly fractured way games are released and marketed, it can be difficult to pin down the value of a downloadable add-on pack like Back to Karkand, which introduces a sizeable lump of Battlefield 2 material into Battlefield 3's chassis.

For those who preordered or purchased the Limited Edition - perhaps even at the same price as the regular edition - this download is free and so there's literally no reason not to use it. For everyone who has to pay, it's slightly more complicated.

For one thing, you'll already have downloaded the content as part of the hefty 2.7GB multiplayer update. It's a presumptuous move on EA's part (and not the first time it's done this for Battlefield) and I wouldn't blame some players for feeling aggrieved at having to take up hard drive space with such an enormous file for content they then have to pay for.

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