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Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand hits PSN Tuesday with New Guns, Vehicles, Assignments

Tommy Rydling's Avatar + Posted by Tommy Rydling on Dec 01, 2011 // Senior Community Manager, DICE

Hi guys! I’ve back with the latest Battlefield 3 news straight from the studio. I hope you are ready to go Back to Karkand, as we are releasing our first Battlefield 3 expansion pack Tuesday, December 6th on PlayStation 3 in America and Europe – a week early for PlayStation customers!

To recap, Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand is a massive themed expansion pack featuring four legendary Battlefield maps reimagined in the Frostbite 2 engine. You also get three vehicles (the VSTOL fighter jet, Desert Buggy, and an APC), ten new weapons that you can bring back to the base game, a new layer of persistence with our all-new Assignments, plus five shiny Trophies.

Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand for PS3

The maps we chose for this expansion pack are all classic fan favorites: Wake Island, Sharqi Peninsula, Gulf of Oman, and Strike at Karkand (from where the expansion pack got its name). These maps are about all-out warfare in a variety of settings and have collectedly been played literally billions of times by our players. Now, they are due for a reimagining with the power of the Frostbite 2 engine. This allows us do things like take the level of destruction to ridiculous heights. You can basically turn these entire maps into rubble (with the exception of Wake Island, which has a lot less buildings and is more of an open landscape).

The design idea for Back to Karkand is that these legendary maps have aged since you last saw them. If you are a returning veteran, you will feel instantly at home, but there will also be a sense of exciting rediscovery about them. If you have not played on the before, they are simply a great addition to the nine available multiplayer maps in Battlefield 3, building on all the strengths of the series.

Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand for PS3

Now, let’s turn our eye to take a closer look at Assignments, specifically the “Let it Rain” Assignment. To complete this assignment, players must score 20 kills with Light Machine Guns and two mortar kills. The game will keep track of how far along you have come fulfilling this assignment. When you have met the requirements, you will unlock a new Back to Karkand weapon (with a matching set of dog tags) to use on any map including the base game. You will also unlock the next Assignment in the series, the new Creeping Death Assignment.

As with all of the Assignments introduced in Back to Karkand, you can keep building towards these no matter if you play on regular maps or maps from the new expansion pack itself. Your regular persistence will also be intact and keep building up no matter what map you play. In this way Back to Karkand is completely integrated into the base game, including the ability to have a map rotation mixing base game maps with Back to Karkand maps.

And before we go, here are the five new Trophies you can hunt in Back to Karkand:

Complete Warrior (Silver)
Get a kill with the following weapons in a single life: Rifle, Jet, Tank

Third Tour (Bronze)
Get a kill with the new APC, Desert Buggy, and STOVL fighter jet

Gunslinger (Bronze)Get 10 kills with all B2K weapons

Like a Boss! (Silver)
Get a kill with the skid loader

Jaws (Bronze)
Take a swim in the pool at the Oman hotel

We will keep supporting Battlefield 3 on PS3 for a long time, so we hope to see you online Tuesday and beyond. Let us know what you think about Back to Karkand in the Battlelog forums.

If you are a Battlefield 3 Limited Edition owner, you are entitled to this entire expansion pack at no extra charge and you can get it from the in-game store or the PlayStation Store, just make sure to activate your Online Pass if you have not done so. Otherwise, you can buy it for $14.99 from the game’s in-game store or from the PlayStation Store. Future expansion packs for Battlefield 3 will also be available one week early exclusively on PlayStation 3 like Back to Karkand.”

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+ ghostreconllr on December 2nd, 2011 at 7:10 am said:

I’m excited to see the expansion pack come out on Tuesday the 6th.

It’s sad to see people like Budds_o_Tokin, as123456b, GRIM_REAFER, etc. Complain about the voice chat when there is more there to look at than being able to talk smack, and gloat about yourself. SHUT UP and BE PATIENT!
DICE has just released an Update. and if you, Budds_o_Tokin, were a real BF3 fan you would have found out in advance that DICE had a HUGE list on Battlelog forums of fixes that they were going to do in an update. So stop your bitching and just play the game. And Try using the server browser and select only your regions for the server filter you dumb F***s. The chat is worse when the server is not in your region. For example I live in Eastern US, in the server filter I select Eastern, Western, and Southern US. The chat is much better within your region.

I’m glad to see that there a smart people out there like XxakefiaxX and Rockinjs864.

@JEC94 Battlefield 3 RAPES Muddled Warfail 3.


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+ station3fever on December 2nd, 2011 at 8:41 am said:

@ SONY!!!! NICE POP UP AD, WHICH IS STUPID!!!!!!! REMOVE IT AND NO IT’S NOT A GOOD IDEA!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE LIKE THE BLOG THE WAY IT IS (WAS) GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ KwietStorm on December 2nd, 2011 at 8:49 am said:

Long Live Complain. Only on PS3.


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+ SolduNuts on December 2nd, 2011 at 11:15 am said:

Just started playing this game and really like it so far but I did notice a few things that I hoped get fixed in a patch.

1. Green screen flash. This happens when I move my reticle around while not looking down the sight. This sudden flash last only a frame or two but is enough to be distracting and takes me out of the game. I only notice the green flash during competitive games. Hope this helps.

2. Voice chat. This has been a problem on launch with every Battlefield game this generation.

3. Better radar detection on vehicles. There is no way that I should not at least be some how aware that a tank is right behind me. Several times tanks have just been chilling behind me firing away and if I don’t look directly at them I would never know. Some how improve surrounding awareness.

Hope these small gripes are being worked on to improve this otherwise stellar game. Thank you Dice for your hard work and giving your customers what they ask for.

Sold.


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+ Phillyblunz on December 2nd, 2011 at 11:55 am said:

Love that PS3 is getting some love, but one week exclusive?

I think we better get 1 month exclusive, what do ya think?

Also what can you announce for PS Plus subscribers?

I’m thinking 25% sounds about right.


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+ MCP-511 on December 2nd, 2011 at 1:03 pm said:

The update does not fix the voice chat issues. In fact after the update my stats don’t load at all. All in all I regret buying BF3.


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+ x_NiiGHTMARE_x on December 2nd, 2011 at 3:41 pm said:

Fix the sound glitch and voice chat!


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+ snoots on December 2nd, 2011 at 4:13 pm said:

This is a great game but is not much fun for those of us who play in clans and squad play. We actually are having to use Skype conferencing to get the same squad quality we were used to on bfbc2. What pisses me off the most is all the we listen to you bs, but you don’t even admit how f’d up it is. We do nothing but trash talk ea and dice for the poor game implementation. It a team based game that won’t allow a team to communicate. Instead of an expansion pack perhaps you could give all of us who bought the limited edition a 20 dollar Skype credit


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+ JEC94 on December 2nd, 2011 at 4:13 pm said:

@ghostreconllr who mentioned fail of duty modern failfare 3?


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+ rockinjs864 on December 2nd, 2011 at 4:34 pm said:

@ Kwietstorm Lol I was going to say that in my first post but I know you already trademarked it I knew you would chime in sooner or later


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+ phinnv8 on December 2nd, 2011 at 6:25 pm said:

I stopped playing this game for MW3 because both squads and mics didn’t work, it was a pathetic release. This DLC looks good though, might be worth putting the disk back in for.


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+ phinnv8 on December 2nd, 2011 at 6:27 pm said:

Wait voice chat still isn’t fixed? It was broken in Bad Company 1, worked great in Bad Company 2, now it’s broken again in Battlefield 3. What a pathetic joke this series has become.

Sticking with MW3.


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+ djthaiboxer on December 2nd, 2011 at 7:33 pm said:

About time! Im already getting sick of a couple maps, mainly Operation Metro. The Beta ruined that map for me.


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+ ReptileHand on December 2nd, 2011 at 10:04 pm said:

Oh my gosh, why oh wow why, so many spammers and complainers. Sheesh. I’m enjoying Battlefield 3 right now as it is. Not sure about whether to buy this map pack or not. I’m worried the maps might not be that good since I’ve never played them before (BF 1943, BFBC2 vet). $15 is a lot and if I don’t like the maps then that sucks. I’m also afraid of it splitting up my party. What if I’m with a friend who doesn’t have the Map Pack? what if it rotates onto the new maps that he doesn’t have?

I’m really enjoying BF3 at the moment. The VIP maps ruined BFBC2 for me, and I couldn’t delete them so I instantly stopped playing that. I liked the maps on disc better and I feel like that’s going to be the same case here. I might not like the maps and would prefer the ones on disc. I think this one would have to be a wait for me. Not a pass or a waiting for a price drop. just… a wait.


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+ DBZTRUNKS on December 2nd, 2011 at 11:50 pm said:

that @sshole who keeps spamming needs to stop trolling…as for mic issues i have yet to encounter any tried it after the update works fine…either you guys dunno how to work them or their broken but it isn’t DICE/EA’s fault


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+ ykcir30 on December 3rd, 2011 at 1:05 am said:

People need to cease the complaining. Why waste time complaining, when of course the problem is being addressed. EA/Dice have multiple games, for multiple platforms to look at. The game is great, and will get better, nothing is ever a perfect release. Can’t wait to play the new maps.


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+ EPRaider08 on December 3rd, 2011 at 7:16 am said:

Does anyone know how much bigger this version of Wake Island is than the Wake Island from Battlefield 1943?


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+ ReptileHand on December 3rd, 2011 at 8:32 am said:

wait it’s wake island from BF1943? I loved that map! Auggh! Now I really wanna get this.


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+ TheCraZyCloWn on December 3rd, 2011 at 10:19 am said:

the latest PC patch concerning Mines disappearing after you die is RETARDED…REVERT THIS CHANGE AND ENSURE IT DOESNT HIT THE PS3…make it 6 mines max deployed at all times instead of making them disappear.

In addition, the IFRV scopes were fine before now they are USELESS….

BOOST THE UMP also


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+ TheCraZyCloWn on December 3rd, 2011 at 10:20 am said:

either way this DLC is EPIC good job please more maps, guns, abilities, attachments


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+ Jay_The_Slasher on December 3rd, 2011 at 10:49 am said:

BTW… The new DLC looks sweeeet.. I bought the LE version when I bought the game… Lookin forward to the new features.


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+ MCP-511 on December 3rd, 2011 at 1:08 pm said:

I have several games where the voice chat works perfectly fine, even works fine in Red River which isn’t a very entertaining game. However its only choppy and dropping out in BF3, so please don’t say we don’t know how to use the mic. BF3 is the only one in my collection with this issue.

I like the game when it works, don’t get me wrong. If you view this as a complaint, so be it. If one person comes here and decides, hey maybe I should rent that first, then I’ve done some good and probably saved them $60 bucks. I should of rented it first myself. Lesson learned.

Maybe one day they will fix it, or acknowledge there is a problem with the voice chat, but until then I’m rather unhappy with it.


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+ PremiumPencil on December 3rd, 2011 at 5:21 pm said:

MW3 FTW lol


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+ xRedxViolence on December 3rd, 2011 at 7:24 pm said:

hey can you guys also sell the guns seperately too?
I’d like to just get the MP5 from this pack.

Also i really hope to see the M24 sniper rifle included in this game!


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+ jr927 on December 3rd, 2011 at 8:52 pm said:

I’m looking forward for the map content good thing I got the limited edition. I must agree with most of you guys the voice chat is a problem, but hopefully it will get fixed soon. One thing I do dislike is that you can’t quit the game until the next match starts. As for the map pack I can’t wait to play on Wake Island one of my favorite maps.


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+ b1gm1ke2521 on December 3rd, 2011 at 9:07 pm said:

What a crock of [DELETED]. Day one buyers who paid the same thing as me get this for free but I have to shell out another $15 to have the same experience as they do. I didn’t know i was dealing with Activision and their stingy [DELETED].


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+ mikevolvos40t4 on December 3rd, 2011 at 11:49 pm said:

if you think the game is crap then go back to cod and shut up


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+ mikevolvos40t4 on December 3rd, 2011 at 11:51 pm said:

and if you want chat to work get better/faster internet


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+ GoT_SoMe_PoT on December 4th, 2011 at 10:05 am said:

FIX THE GAME !! THIS UPDATE 4.00 AND THE UPDATE FROM DICE HAS F#$K UP MY PS3 .. IT NO LONGER WORKS RIGHT IT FREZZ ALL THE TIME NOW TELL ME THE GAME DIC IS CORRUPTED !! IM JUST GLAD I HAVE A 2 YR. Protection Plan . AND ONE MORE THING QUIT TRYING TO FIX SOMETHING THATS NOT BROKE AND FIX WHAT IS BROKE …


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+ snoots on December 4th, 2011 at 12:37 pm said:

I have wired gig Ethernet, fast cable connection, chat works fine even in bfbc2 this is an issue with the ps3 version of the game it is not complaining to point out it doesn’t work. I think it is way more important than minor weapon damage adjustments they made in the patch which during design if done right are minimal variable changes.


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+ Peco12 on December 4th, 2011 at 2:20 pm said:

Since Battlefield 3 is my first game in the Battlefield series, I cannot wait to play these classic BF2 maps and get Battlefield 1943 for free!


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+ SeanStrange on December 4th, 2011 at 3:00 pm said:

Awesome! free expansions ftw!

SIGNED

A Disgaea fan >:D


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+ godzilab_123 on December 4th, 2011 at 7:34 pm said:

COD ALL THE WAY!!! sCREW BF


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+ GothicRichard on December 5th, 2011 at 12:54 am said:

hell i cant whate but i got to say ther is a lot of ppl who is cry babys i use vc and yes it mess up at time but i still can use it


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+ GothicRichard on December 5th, 2011 at 1:07 am said:

i got this on tweeter about th vc (We’re still investigating for a possible solution. You can keep track on Battleblog for further updates. ^SA)


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+ XTactail_LimeX on December 5th, 2011 at 5:35 am said:

okay im sry but number one XLMRX or whatever if your good then you just stick with people because ur all going to the same place. and at the bottom of ur comment you sayed vet:6 dont get cocky i have every single one from 1942-3 that inclues all the expantion packs battlefield vetnam battlefield 2142 battlefield 2 all the expantion packs and on pc i have bc and bc2 with all map packs thank you very much

amazed gamer
veteran:13 (i dont count dlc map packs as a game)(over double yours)


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+ BelovID on December 5th, 2011 at 6:11 am said:

I’m one of those players that’s put more time on this game than everyone else. Meaning—I have all those ‘assignements’ already completed (minus the VTOL jet requirement).

I hope this means those particular unlocks will be….*ahem*…unlocked right after installing this new DLC.


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+ oMurilo on December 6th, 2011 at 9:26 am said:

A DLC ja está disponivel para comprar na STORE ??

Is the game DLC allowed for download on store ?


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+ cell989 on December 6th, 2011 at 4:59 pm said:

I get it for free!!!


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+ XBlack-SaberX on December 9th, 2011 at 6:52 am said:

Woot! Can’t wait to unlock the new dog tags & weapons.


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+ VisiblMan on December 13th, 2011 at 9:21 am said:

Oh this map pack takes me back! I love it! The multiplayer on this game is better than Modern Warfare IMO because of the vehicles! Good work, DICE!


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+ BL00dyGaMErrr on December 21st, 2011 at 4:21 pm said:

Best Game Ever!!!

If Im right, this game out played MW3???


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+ QaZ_xOPS on December 28th, 2011 at 10:59 am said:

Back to Karkand is…………. AMAZING!!!!!!
If anyone hasn’t got it yet, GET IT NOW!
If anyone hasn’t got BF3 yet, GET IT NOW!


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