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E3 2012: Battlefield 3 Premium Officially Announced

Posted on June 4, 2012 AT 01:37pm

EA and DICE have confirmed earlier reports that Battlefield 3 would be getting its own version of Call of Duty Elite, announcing Battlefield 3 Premium onstage at the publisher’s E3 press conference.

As reported in the initial leak, Premium will include early access to all of the game’s upcoming expansion packs, as well as exclusive dog tags, new social content, and more. In addition to the already released Back to Karkand, Premium players will be able to get their hands on four future expansions two weeks before anyone else.

First up is the Close Quarters, an expansion that emphasizes close range gun-on-gun combat. Next is Armored Kill, a vehicle-heavy expansion, followed by Aftermath, a series of maps set in the streets of Tehran following a devastating earthquake. Finally, there’s End Game, which will introduce motorcycles into the game’s already crowded slate of vehicles.

The entire package will set you back $49.99, just as anticipated.

The biggest surprise? The timing. Battlefield 3 Premium is available for purchase immediately, and PlayStation 3 owners will be able to start playing the Close Quarters content today, with a PC and Xbox 360 launch slated to follow next week.

Josh Harmon, Associate Editor
Josh Harmon picked up a controller when he was 3 years old—and he hasn't looked back since. This has made him particularly vulnerable to attacks from behind. He joined EGM as an intern following a brief-but-storied career on a number of small gaming blogs across the Internet. Follow him on Twitter @jorshy. Meet the rest of the crew.

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