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Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand Hits PS3 Today, One Week Early

Tommy Rydling's Avatar Posted by Senior Community Manager, DICE

Hope you are excited to go Back to Karkand! With the PlayStation Store update later today, you will be able to buy, download and play Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand on PS3. To celebrate launch day, here is an all-new gameplay trailer showcasing Wake Island running on PlayStation 3 hardware. I hope you like what we have done to this classic Battlefield map, and that you enjoy your one-week PS3 exclusive head start on this expansion pack.

Once you have downloaded Back to Karkand, the four new maps (Wake Island, Strike at Karkand, Gulf of Oman, and Sharqi Peninsula) will be available in the server browser and in the Quick Match filter settings just like the nine maps from the base game. There will be servers that mix and match maps from the base game and Back to Karkand, so you will never have to commit to playing either base game or Back to Karkand maps in your gaming session.

That’s it for today; keeping it short and sweet so I can go back to chasing my new Assignments. Hope you enjoyed the launch trailer, and hope to see you online. 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. Otherwise, you can buy it for $14.99 starting today, from the game’s in-game store or from the PlayStation Store. Every future expansion pack for Battlefield 3 will also be available one week early exclusively on PlayStation 3, just like Back to Karkand.

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JoeDierte said:

December 6th, 3:18 pm

Please update the store.

TheLittlestBowl said:

December 6th, 3:19 pm

I’m getting really tired of waiting for the store to update 8PM-11PM in my timezone. A week early? More like 6 days early, thanks a lot.

jtdawg23 said:

December 6th, 3:22 pm

Why is Sony so slow at updating the store? I could see them being slow in the early days, but they have had 5 years to get their act together. This is just pathetic.

Gsimelus said:

December 6th, 3:27 pm

here on the east coast still nothing

MickeyKNOX420- said:

December 6th, 3:30 pm

JUST IN* haha stoked to play

MickeyKNOX420- said:

December 6th, 3:33 pm

1326 mb D/l

warlock7 said:

December 6th, 3:35 pm

The lack of 1943 is still completely unacceptable. EA has no business taking things away and replacing them with “timed exclusives”. A timed exclusive is nothing to anybody. It doesn’t give you anything when PS3 players are playing on PS3s and not mingling with the other platform players. There is no advantage or value in something like this replacing the actual game that they promised at E3.

kaiten408 said:

December 6th, 3:36 pm

where’s my wake island? It’s almost 6pm CST, it is coming today right?

mrfear818 said:

December 6th, 3:40 pm

Guys it is up! Search for it in playstation store. No joke. I promise you.

mrfear818 said:

December 6th, 3:41 pm

You have to use the search bar though.

MickeyKNOX420- said:

December 6th, 3:42 pm

lol iv already posted that, i am 25% done download as we speak! : )

BananaPuddin86 said:

December 6th, 3:43 pm

@ warlock7 If you actually read articles before posting EA and DICE announced almost 2 weeks ago that they are still giving everyone BF1943 for Free it will be a free download starting Dec 10th for all PS3 owners of the game. They stated that it was a misunderstanding but we all know it was because of the class action lawsuit that was brought up against them.

MickeyKNOX420- said:

December 6th, 3:43 pm

And mine showed up in the “in game” store menu

mrfear818 said:

December 6th, 3:43 pm

30% here… U Mad?

Solid-_-G34R said:

December 6th, 3:44 pm

West Coast. It’s finally up. Downloading now….. 1.4GB.

MickeyKNOX420- said:

December 6th, 3:45 pm

Just jealous, been only impatiently waiting all day haha

kaiten408 said:

December 6th, 3:47 pm

downloading in CST now…big file, but can’t wait to play it. I didn’t realise we were getting 1943 for free, to bad I already own it

kumen209 said:

December 6th, 3:53 pm

Store is up!

DaGimp13 said:

December 6th, 4:29 pm

@55 warlock7

#60 (BananaPuddin86) is right, they announced about 2 weeks ago they were going to give BF1943 out free, Starting on different dates for different regions. EU started at the end of Nov if I remember right, and North America starts on Dec 10th. all you have to do is make sure you’ve redeemed the online pass for BF3 and registered an EA Origin account for Battlelog. on Dec 10th, go to, login with your Origin account, follow instructions, etc… you’ll get BF1943.

atexn said:

December 6th, 4:29 pm

finally!….about an 18 minute download of 1.326 MB’s

station3fever said:

December 6th, 5:17 pm

enter d.o.b. to watch vid? So stupid, oh let me see 1-1-1911 yup i’m 100 years old :) oh the good times are here again!! can’t wait to see the new & awesome maps. downloading now yippie!!! thanks dice we still love ya :)


December 6th, 6:09 pm

It keeps freezing when I try to download or install. =/

josenu2000 said:

December 6th, 7:41 pm

It’s great battlefield 3 :D

Toddy2Hotty said:

December 6th, 8:27 pm

Mine seemed to freeze up around 66% of download… then kicked me off the PS network, but proceeded to finish downloaded after it signed me out… then froze my machine completely at about 34% of install and forced me to restart the machine. It’s running a file system check now for not being shut down properly :(

Toddy2Hotty said:

December 6th, 8:36 pm

Awesome… now I have to download it again too because it doesn’t recognize that it’s already there :\

Joker712 said:

December 6th, 9:59 pm

OMFG SONY WTF idk if its just my system but this download is taking for ever. It quoted me 40,000+ minutes to download. WTH is going on. Someone please respond. >:|

sudheer-megu said:

December 6th, 10:28 pm


Yesteray Night downloaded BACK to KARKAND pack, but to be frank this pack is not so exciting as claimed by DICE. these maps look like they dont belong to battlefield 3 at all.

and the maps dont look as they showed on their promotional videos.

And also request DICE not change the weapons and their attachments as we had to play somany times and days to unlock these weapon attachments. after crossing 3 to 4 levels, we are able to unlock the IR scope and when finally unlocked it is off no use as the view is blur and murky, again we have to use the earlier unlocked scopes then what is the use of putting that IR scope in the first place.

and DAO 12 shotgun and flechette bullets are off no use as they are not so effective enough, we have to fire atleast 4 shots to kill and enemy and in return even if enemy fires 02 shots we are dead. so request dice to increase the power both the flechette bullets and Dao 12 shotgun itself.

A. Sudheer Reddy.

kingkranz said:

December 7th, 7:23 am

These maps are freaking awesome! Excellent job DICE! Love the destruction!

NikNakZombieWhak said:

December 7th, 10:30 am

I know I’m probably doing it wrong, but my roommate and I both separately tried and can’t find our Limited Edition copy in the store. We tried entering our pass again, but it’s expired/used. I’m feeling pretty duped here, but I know it’s got to be something I’m doing or missing

MLD051 said:

December 10th, 10:53 am


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