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Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand hits PS3 on Dec 6, PC and 360 versions arriving one week later

Electronic Arts has announced the release date for Battlefield 3's first DLC, the Back to Karkand map pack, to which preorder customers have been awaiting their free access. PlayStation customers get the content a week ahead of everyone else, as a result of the Sony/EA deal that gives PS3 owners the first shot at new BF3 content – meaning Dec 6 is the pack's PSN date, with PC and Xbox 360 players joining in on the 13th.

Back to Karkand features Frostbite 2 remasters of four Battlefield 2 levels: Strike at Karkand, Wake Island, Gulf of Oman and Sharqi Peninsula. The pack also adds Battlefield 2's Conquest Assault mode, which ups the stakes of the basic Assault mode. It's not all recycled content, though, as the pack also adds three vehicles, ten new weapons, and added Dog Tags and Achievement/Trophy points.

We previewed Back to Karkand recently and were definitely happy with the BF2 maps' transition to the new game. If you preordered, the pack is a God-given right to be pried from your cold dead hands; otherwise, expect to fork over $14.99 or 1200 MSP for the added content.