Battlefield 3 is coming this Fall and bringing with it a breath of fresh in the form of a new shooter with gorgeous visuals, and a style of gameplay that PC gamers have enjoyed for years, but console gamers have only ever had a small taste of. Shortly following its release will come the release of its first DLC package Back to Karkand. Back to Karkand will be bundled for free with any Limited Edition copy of the game.
The Battlefield series is known for its unique brand of tactical multiplayer combat, and Battlefield 3 will be continuing this tradition despite a large focus on making the single player campaign capable of competing with the Call of Duty franchise.
Back to Karkand is meant to help bolster the multiplayer aspect of BF3 by providing gamers with 4 of Battlefield’s most popular past maps, redesigned with the powerful Frostbite 2.0 engine.
In their final entry into their series on the maps of Back to Karkand, DICE has released the concept images of the last two maps to be revealed: Gulf of Oman and Sharqi Peninsula.
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These screenshots are just early concept artwork, and not a proof of features that will be present during the game. That being said, the beautiful variation in locations for all the maps of Back to Karkand should make it an excellent addition to the Battlefield 3 lineup, and a nostalgic return for fans of the Battlefield series.
In case the advances in graphics escape you, a comparison between the original maps and the Battlefield 3 counterparts was shown during a recent EA reveal. For the other concept art released in this series, be sure to check out the Strike at Karkand and Wake Island maps.
DICE also took this opportunity to clear the air with regards to receiving the Limited Edition of Battlefield 3 when pre-ordering the game. All gamers who pre-order Battlefield 3 will receive a Limited Edition copy of the game, with the exception of gamers in Italy who must secure their pre-orders before September 30 to be eligible.
The Back to Karkand map pack will be included with every Limited Edition copy of Battlefield 3 but will not be released with the regular game. The map pack will be released for every player sometime afterwards with an official date and price still to be determined.
Some of you may be aware that the developers of the main game aren’t the ones working on the Back to Karkand maps. DICE maintains that this solution is best, with the Karkand map pack looking to be as full of content as Battlefield: Bad Company Vietnam. What exactly that means for gamers will be revealed closer to the release of Battlefield 3.
Battlefield 3 will be released for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 sometime this fall. Back to Karkand will be seeing a release sometime after.
Source: Battlefield Blog