EA Games and DICE are cranking up the production machine as four new VIP maps are coming to Battlefield Bad Company 2 tomorrow, Battlefield Play4Free closed beta is active today, and Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam has a release date.

To say there has been some sizzling news coming from DICE in the last month about Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam may be an understatement, but at least fans can rest easy now that the add-on will launch on December 21 (December 22 for Europe).

Steam on the other hand is showing a release date of December 18, which may be the three day advance access for pre-ordering it. The add-on will cost $15 for the PC and PS3 versions – or 1,200 Microsoft Points for the Xbox 360.

The Vietnam add-on will bring four new maps, six vehicles (including the tuk-tuk), 15 weapons, music based on the era, and some new achievements or trophies. For those who can’t wait until the release, 32bita released a leaked video displaying the navigation options, weapons and vehicles for Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK271SIefAQ

In preparation for the new Vietnam add-on and VIP Map Pack 7, DICE also rolled out a new patch to fix a few more balance issues. The update also contains all of the VIP Map Pack 7 information, so servers should automatically allow the new levels to run on them tomorrow. Some of the more notable balance issues that have been addressed are:

  • Fixed slug shotgun zoom crosshair on PC so they better represent the long range accuracy.
  • Reduced slug shotgun hip accuracy to require zooming for consistent long range accuracy.
  • Acog and Red dot scope now equippable on MK-14 and G3.
  • Fixed a bug where Vehicle Countermeasures would fail to remove tracer darts at high speed.
  • Reduced all weapon damage to the MCOM by 50%.
  • Fixed a C4 vs MCOM exploit on Atacama Desert.

VIP Map Pack 7 will unlock four new maps: Cold War, Heavy Metal, Oasis and Harvest Day. DICE has also created a new trailer that features gameplay on the new maps, which notably shows some additions to the level destructibility.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHApkRoK_Ls

Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam will release for PC on December 18, and December 21 for Xbox 360 and PS3. VIP Map Pack 7 will be available tomorrow.

Now that DICE has slated updates and add-ons through the end of the year, when do you think Battlefield 3 will be the topic of discussion?

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