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Battlefield 3 Takes the Fight Back to Karkand Next Week

Hope you got the Limited Edition!
Author: Scott Rodgers
Published: December 2, 2011
Battlefield 3 was one of my more anticipated games of the year and it lived up to the hype. The most recent patch fixed up some things though there are still a ton of issues with forming and keeping a squad together and, of course, the voice chat. Still, DICE knows they have another hit on their hands and that the fan base isn't likely to go anywhere though they really should take the time to fix the friggin' voice chat.

The first expansion for BF3 will be "Back to Karkand." It includes four of the most popular in the history of the franchise with enhanced levels of destruction thanks to Frostbite 2. The maps, in case you don't know already, are Strike at Karkand, Wake Island, Gulf of Oman and Sharqi Peninsula. Included in the expansion is the classic Conquest Assault mode from Battlefield 2. It's a twist on the classic Conquest and starts one team in command of all control points on the map while the opposing team must assault and take the flags over in order to stop their tickets from bleeding down to zero. There will also be three new vehicles, ten new weapons, five dog tags, five trophies, and an added layer of persistence where players complete assignments to unlock rewards.

“Free for those that pre-ordered or purchased the Limited Edition of Battlefield 3, Back to Karkand is another way for us to say thanks to our fans and show our continued support for the game,” said Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President of the EA Games Label. “The launch of Battlefield 3 was only the beginning as we vow to keep the game alive with additional content and gameplay improvements in the months ahead. We’re excited to recreate and share some new Battlefield moments on these beloved maps that only Battlefield games can provide.”

PlayStation users will get these packs earlier than their PC and Xbox 360 counterparts. Starting December 6, you can get this for free (if you purchased the Limited Edition). If you were a late adopter you'll have to pony up $14.99 to get in on the action. If you just so happen to see any of us on the battlefield feel free to say hi, that is if the voice chat cooperates.