Battlefield 3 for PS3 gets timed exclusive DLC with Back to Karkand map

Battlefield 3 DLC will be available as a timed exclusive to PlayStation 3 players one week before it arrives on the PC and Xbox 360. The announcement comes from DICE Jr. Product Manager, Tommy Rydling on Sony’s PlayStation Blog.

The timed exclusivity will begin with the first map pack Back to Karkand, a selection of four maps from Battlefield 2. The pack also contains a handful of classic weapons  and is expected to be released later this year. It will cost $14.99 for those who wait until after the Battlefield 3 launch on October 25, but pre-orders get the pack for no extra charge. Don't worry, the game itself is still being released simultaneously across all platforms.

Though the deal is only for one week of exclusivity, it's similar to the pact between Microsoft and Activision that keeps most Call of Duty DLC exclusive to the Xbox 360 for some time (usually several weeks) before hitting PC and PS3. Whichever console you prefer to play on, getting access to content days ahead of other gamers doesn't seem like a big enough incentive to sway people wavering between CoD: Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3, but we suppose every little thing helps. In the meantime, you can find out more about the Battlefield 3 beta schedule here.

Sep 22, 2011

Source: US PlayStation Blog 



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  • avantguardian - September 23, 2011 2:46 a.m.

    i really don't understand how one week means ANYTHING. seriously, one month? week? anyone who really gives any amount of a sh*t about this might want to take another look at their priorities. i'm just sayin'... i also fail to see how BC2 didn't gouge people for dlc. i bought that game used, saved maybe $15 (it was about a month after launch), then had to turn around and immediately pony up for the "online pass" or whatever, so i actually saved nothing. keep in mind i had NO idea this was going to be necessary. then you have the specact nonsense, where seemingly cosmetic upgrades actually provided tangible benefits (with the medic as my primary class, the switch from the bright red "please shoot me in the head" beret to the darker camo is nothing less than a paid-for advantage). battlefield, as great as it is, just seems to be put on a bit of a pedestal. it's as if to say the perceived wrongs of CoD has given BF carte blanche to do as they please w/o people calling them out on it. as a fan of both series, it's hard not to notice. do i enjoy CoD's dlc shenanigans? of course not, but i do at least have some respect for how they never made any attempts to deceive. they were like "it's f*ckin' CoD maps. for $15. and you WILL buy it. so just deal with it. or don't."
  • CitizenWolfie - September 23, 2011 1:24 a.m.

    I keep seeing "October 25th" as the release date but is this for the USA? Pretty much every UK store says the 28th. I'd normally buy FPS's for the Xbox but because of this and the free copy of BF1942 exclusive I'm going to have to go for PS3
  • D0CCON - September 22, 2011 4:20 p.m.

    I remember preordering this for 360 thinking my preorder would get me access to that day 1. Why would you put timed exclusivity on a preorder bonus?
  • D0CCON - September 22, 2011 4:21 p.m.

    Unless preorder bonuses do get it right away, but that seems tricky and not likely if any money was spent for the time.
  • gopikmin - September 22, 2011 5:30 p.m.

    you will get the dlc on release day. if someone doesn't preorder this, the PS3 users get it before the xbox. It isn't much but it may get more people to buy ps3 version over xbox. Timed exclusivity is a pretty stupid idea in general and especially for dlcs
  • taokaka - September 22, 2011 3:41 p.m.

    as a sony fanboy I can honestly say, who cares? Timed exclusivity for DLC in my opinion is pathetic and the money should be spent on wiser things such as hats.
  • therawski - September 22, 2011 2:42 p.m.

    I'm glad I preordered, Activision will make you pay full price for zombie maps that you already have and don't play and they won't fix the out of control hacking. Not to mention a complete lack of beta testing. I used to love CoD, but now it's just a shame.
  • db1331 - September 22, 2011 1:45 p.m.

    As a PC gamer who also owns a PS3, allow me to give you an objective look at the benefits of both platforms: PC: 64 players, better graphics and sound, bigger maps, more vehicles, Keyboard+Mouse, dedicated servers w/ active admins PS3: DLC 7 days sooner Man, that just might sway me into buying it for PS3, even though I just spent $260 on a new video card...
  • Kang 81 - September 22, 2011 1:35 p.m.

    @tymillz102 Actually, I am pissed about this. I love CoD, but I love Battlefield more, and the willingness of CoD players is part of what is allowing this hike in price of DLC map packs to take place! The minute Activision started charging $15/map pack is the minute I stopped buying them, they helped set this in motion! I spoke with my wallet by refusing to pay that price, but as I already knew it would have no effect because most people didn't seem to care or those that did and bitched just bought them anyway. Now EA can set the $15 price point for Battlefield DLC maps because it's obvious it was succesfull for Activision. The fans ate it up like candy and didn't care enough. Now with EA on board with this price point start looking at this as the new standard price. Lucky for me I'm getting Battlefield 3 day one so this will be free, but I won't pay that price for future map packs. The Vietnam expansion for Bad Company 2 included more than new maps, it included new weapons and vehicles and it was an entirely different setting that didn't re-use levels from the single player and rework them for multiplayer. I still didn't like that price but it was a bit more acceptable for what was included and they don't spit them out every few months. I just don't like the way everything is heading towards micro-transactions (looking your way Gears 3) these days. I'm fine with additional content after release, but these trivial things use to be unlockables not so long ago and now they are over priced DLC. Until people start to speak with their wallets publishers will keep doing this and constantly increase the price. But let's face it, most gamers are like sheep and will eat this stuff up and there's nothing we can do about it it seems.
  • tymillz102 - September 22, 2011 1:52 p.m.

    Thank you!! The 1st person that's a Battlefield fan and a COD fan that doesn't like the fact that EA/DICE is doing this! Kudos to you my friend!
  • idlemindkiller - September 22, 2011 4:23 p.m.

    You can reply directly to peoples comments now instead of @whoever. Also, good comment.
  • Kang 81 - September 22, 2011 5:02 p.m.

    Didn't notice that to be honest, but I rarely post on GamesRadar so that's part of my problem. :)
  • avantguardian - September 23, 2011 2:59 a.m.

    while i agree with most of what you're saying, i really don't think calling anyone "sheep" for their choice in games is fair. i imagine most people who fall into the "hardcore shooter" crowd don't necessarily fall into the "hardcore gamer" crowd. there's a different idea of value, you'll notice a lot of the guys owning people play few games outside of shooters. i get it, the adrenaline is hard to match, and they just don't care about the new nippon ichi or double fine game. they just want more of the games they love, and will pay whatever, because really, $15 isn't a lot of money for possibly dozens of hours of playtime. do i think they're missing out? oh god yes. but i also think its a bit pretentious to look down my nose at them for their choice in fun.
  • Dman3981 - September 22, 2011 1:19 p.m.

    Everybody knows big corporations are greedy, we just need to see who can justify it with better quality. And what the hell is with this type two words thing to post? It gave me a organic chemical compound to type. At least I can actually type that though, I usually have to cycle like 10 times to get something I can actually recreate.
  • lilspooky - September 22, 2011 1:08 p.m.

    I'm preordering on pc. So no biggie. Makes me worried about future dlc prices. At least preorders get it for free, cod never did that.
  • tymillz102 - September 22, 2011 12:54 p.m.

    Lol i laugh at this article simply because of the $14.99 price tag.Everyone likes to bash Activision/Infinity Ward/Treyarch for making the COD map packs the same price for 5 maps,but now EA/DICE is doing the same thing with Battlefield for 4 maps from a previous game.Of course, as it is with everything Battlefield related, the fans of the game will defend this price tag to the death and no one is going to get mad at it.
  • gopikmin - September 22, 2011 5:38 p.m.

    well the preorderers do get the dlc for free and battlefield maps are just better quality than COD. The dlc also includes a couple new weapons, vehicles and trophies. Still 15 dollars is pretty steep for mainly maps.
  • asspills - September 22, 2011 12:43 p.m.

    Wasn't it "Karkand"?

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