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EA and DICE Thank Battlefield 3 Players With a Sweepstakes

Oh EA, you didn't have to.
Author: Scott Rodgers
Published: November 7, 2011
Battlefield 3 is a really, really good game. I wrote a whole lot of words on the game a while back and I'm still playing it for hours each day. EA and DICE don't have to thank me for pouring hours upon hours into their fantastic game but I don't mind it. Starting on November 11th through the 13th DICE will have a "Says Thanks" Sweepstakes for those who play just play the game online. Winners can get a chance to win one of three amazing prizes.

The grand prize is a round-trip visit to DICE in Stockholm, Sweden for one player and three of their squad mates for three nights. It's up to you if you would take three real friends over three Battlefield bros that you met on the Internet (or me, I can clear my schedule). Included is a visit to the state-of-the-art studio and a meet-and-greet with the game's development staff. The second place prize is $5,000 USD in cash (or whatever the equivalent is if you're not from the States) and the third place winner will take home a brand new game system with a full catalogue of Battlefield games. Full details can be found here and it's a pretty nice opportunity if you were just going to play the game anyway.

Don't forget that the expansion pack, Back to Karkand, releases next month. Those of you that bought the limited edition will get the maps for four newly remastered maps for free (Strike at Karkand, Wake Island, Gulf of Oman and Sharqi Peninsula). It also comes with five dog tags, five new trophies, three vehicles (DPV, BTR-90, F-35B STOVL jet fighter), and ten weapons. There will also be a new persistence system where players can complete objectives for rewards. If you weren't able to snag up a copy of the limited edition have no fear, it can be yours for $14.99 on the PSN.

DICE is tirelessly working on improving the game in both single and multiplayer. Some of my biggest issues (the various glitches, rubber banding, squad and chat issues, etc.) and AI issues are being addressed as I type this. Well, maybe not exactly right now since it has to be pretty late in Sweden but you get my point. The updates will include improved quickmatch, squad functionality, and stability, reduced lag and rubber banding, and added servers for hardcore mode if that's your sort of thing. It's always nice to see a developer support and listen to the community, especially by fixing and patching up issues. Great work, DICE, and I hope to see you soon after I win this contest.