Battlefield 3 Karkand maps revealed

Battlefield 3 will be bringing back select maps from Battlefield 2, and now we know which ones. Word came from DICE community manager Daniel Matros...

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Battlefield 3 will be bringing back select maps from Battlefield 2, and now we know which ones. Word came from DICE community manager Daniel Matros on the EA forums (via NeoSeeker) that Wake Island, Strike at Karkand, Gulf of Oman, and Sharqi Peninsula will all be bundled in the "Back to Karkand" expansion.

The pack remakes the old maps with the spiffy new Frostbite 2 engine, and will be included as a one time use code with the Limited Edition. Matros says that the altogether, players have logged over 25,000 years in these four maps.

PC fans were disappointed recently by the cancelation of Bad Company 2's Onslaught Mode DLC on PC, and the Battlefield 1943 port. Those teams were funneled into the Battlefield 3 push, which is leading on PC.

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    February 25, 2011 7:30 AM

    Comment on Battlefield 3 Karkand maps revealed, by Steve Watts.

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      February 25, 2011 7:33 AM

      Can hardly wait!

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      February 25, 2011 7:37 AM

      Gulf of Oman! So many hours spent there =)

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      February 25, 2011 7:37 AM

      how are we going to be able to pick a GOTY with this, rage, ES5, and diablo 3? WHAT A CONUNDRUM!!!!!!

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        February 25, 2011 9:57 AM

        i seriously doubt D3 will be in contention this year.

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      February 25, 2011 7:38 AM

      Summary: You know those Karkand maps included in the Limited Edition? Now we know what they are! Wake Island, Strike at Karkand, Gulf of Oman, and Sharqi Peninsula. Chat away, chatty chatters.

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      February 25, 2011 7:38 AM

      I love the new video player. So much better than the old one.

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      February 25, 2011 7:41 AM

      anyone else very pissed that they fully embrace the DLC system and are trying to squeeze the customers like crazy?

      I am a fan of BF1942, BF2, BFBC2, but I'm SO not gonna go for BF3.
      Evil consoley DLC-packed pile of boring military shooter with no real innovation!

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        February 25, 2011 7:44 AM

        whatever helps them develop the games i like, i support.

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        February 25, 2011 7:44 AM

        BF2 was no better with the booster pack

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          February 25, 2011 7:45 AM

          It was probably worse since it enabled some OP unlocks, like the G36e.

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        February 25, 2011 7:45 AM

        Welcome to gaming.

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        February 25, 2011 7:45 AM

        They have been doing this since the beginning of the BF franchise, but they were called expansion packs back then. DLC is just a new term, it is really very close to what they have always done.

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        February 25, 2011 7:46 AM

        no but they've also been pushing DLC since before the series was on the "eivil console" so i don't really see your point

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        February 25, 2011 7:49 AM

        we will miss you

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        February 25, 2011 7:51 AM

        not really. More content, easier to get to said content, cheaper than expansion pack prices. HOW DARE THEY MAKE THE GAME BIGGER AND ADD STUFFS?

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        February 25, 2011 7:56 AM

        nope

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        February 25, 2011 8:04 AM

        What would be the choice of scripts to permanently hide all front page poster's comments? Friend or Foe? We don't need this drivel in our chatty.

        That said --- BF1942 / BF2 had booster / expansions packs, and they were more expensive then the paid DLC released to date for BFBC2 - Vietnam.

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        February 25, 2011 8:23 AM

        how is this a DLC, if you pre order the game you get it. Its a pre order bonus. DLC's are the future, I dont like them that much but not buying BF3 would be crazy.

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        February 25, 2011 8:39 AM

        All it takes is DLC to have your world come crashing down? Also, DLC turns games into console-ports with no innovation?

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        February 25, 2011 10:07 AM

        Evil consoley DLC-packed pile of boring military shooter with no real innovation!

        You really don't know wtf.

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        February 25, 2011 10:57 AM

        if anything it combats used sales pretty effectively. thats what release day dlc is all about, you buy the game you get the stuff for free. you buy the game used you pay a bit more money to get that stuff which helps make up a little for the lost sales.

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        February 25, 2011 12:54 PM

        Mate, you're stuck in the past. I love these games and embrace the offer of more content. Plus, DLC IS FUCKING CHEAP AS FUCK generally, so take the padlock off your wallet. It's business, but if you're a fan of the game, I see now real downside. What's the most they'd charge you anyway? fucking shut up and save a little extra dosh from those few beers you were planning to have. I'm skint as fuck and I can always afford DLC, you cheap bastard. Also, I've had a few drinks tonight.....weeeeeeeeeeeee

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      February 25, 2011 7:43 AM

      Man I am excited.

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      February 25, 2011 7:49 AM

      Old video, don't get excited

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      February 25, 2011 7:54 AM

      It's become a lot more apparent that EA/Dice is shooting to re-take the FPS crown from Call of Duty, but not necessarily by returning to the things that made BF2 great. I think people who are hoping for a BF2-like experience are going to be very disappointed but people that like Bad Company will probably be pleased.

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        February 25, 2011 8:05 AM

        Really? care to elaborate how this is "more apparent"?

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          February 25, 2011 10:44 AM

          The look of the game particularly. The footage that can be seen in the trailer really shows a more cinematic experience and much less of an open sandbox.

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          February 25, 2011 11:57 AM

          4 classes, no commander, elaborate singleplayer focus. Probably will have offhand knife again and other COD shit.

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        February 25, 2011 3:20 PM

        Bad Company 2 style gameplay in a BF2 setting on large maps with 64 players sounds fucking dandy to me.

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      February 25, 2011 7:57 AM

      They should funnel some people into fixing BC2.

      http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&q=+site:forum.ea.com+bad+company+2+loading+crash

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        February 25, 2011 8:05 AM

        they probably are and it's likely related to Win 7 SP1 which just released publicly.

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      February 25, 2011 8:20 AM

      what's the likelihood this will be on steam and use steamworks?

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        February 25, 2011 8:38 AM

        what's the likelihood that hell will freeze over? i'm sorry, can you re-state the question?

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        February 25, 2011 8:38 AM

        Steamworks: very low

        Steam: 50/50, probably not at release but a few months later

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          February 25, 2011 8:44 AM

          BC2 was released on Steam on release day, why would BF3 be any different?

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            February 25, 2011 8:48 AM

            Logic has no place here.

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              February 25, 2011 8:49 AM

              Oh.

              Well then let me be the first to say RABBLE RABBLE

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            February 25, 2011 8:51 AM

            why is everyone yelling at me today for not making assumptions about steam releases. im just asking for official statements for fuck's sake.

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              February 25, 2011 8:53 AM

              What developer has stopped releasing on Steam after starting?

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                February 25, 2011 8:57 AM

                EA didn't release NFS Hot Pursuit on steam until a month after it launched on PC.

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                  February 25, 2011 10:01 AM

                  EA is kinda starting to hate on Steam because they didn't come up with it and it makes EA look dumb.

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            February 25, 2011 10:00 AM

            It was? I could have sworn it wasn't right away. I am wrong a lot though, so it wouldn't surprise me.

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              February 25, 2011 10:08 AM

              I preordered Bad Company 2 on Steam about a month before launch or something. It was on Steam's catalog well before launch day.

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              February 25, 2011 10:46 AM

              preordered on steam, came out same day. not sure if it preloaded but few games do

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        February 25, 2011 8:49 AM

        no way it uses steamworks, but I'm sure it will be sold on steam

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      February 25, 2011 8:32 AM

      Steve, it's 25,000 years, not hours ;p

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      February 25, 2011 8:36 AM

      Sharqi Peninsula! w00t!

      My second favorite map in BF2.

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      February 25, 2011 8:37 AM

      HOT!

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      February 25, 2011 9:04 AM

      Okay fine, I'll upgrade my PC for this.

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      February 25, 2011 9:29 AM

      hey steve watts, get the scoop on the commander function plz

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      February 25, 2011 10:04 AM

      Are snipers gonna snipe from rooftops covered by claymore mines at the ladder?

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        February 25, 2011 10:16 AM

        Yea there needs to be some way to counteract this.

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          February 25, 2011 10:49 AM

          blow the fucking building up

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          February 25, 2011 10:49 AM

          it's called throwing a grenade up onto the roof

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            February 25, 2011 10:53 AM

            This was near impossible for some areas in BF2. The grenades were hard to precisely aim, and some buildings were high up.

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          February 25, 2011 10:52 AM

          1) countersnipe 2)commander artillery 3) if there's a killcam ur fucked

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            February 25, 2011 11:03 AM

            #2 is key. Call out the sniper to your commander, have him bring down the pain.

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            February 25, 2011 11:08 AM

            commander doesn't exist in BF3 --- but recon will likely be able to call in mortar strikes or something similar ala bc2

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              February 25, 2011 11:21 AM

              oh I'm sure it will exist at some point. it has to. this is full scale battlefield again.

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              February 25, 2011 12:16 PM

              The most retarded aspect of BC2 was giving the counter for snipers to snipers. Sweet jesus. They already shit up the game by spending 90% of it sniping each other back and forth, now you let them mortar each other too?

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                February 25, 2011 12:39 PM

                A new Challenger Approaches!!

                CAAARLL

                Goooose--TAAAAAAAAAV

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                February 25, 2011 1:31 PM

                Yea it should have been given to the assault class imo. Pick grenades or mortar not both.

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                  February 25, 2011 1:50 PM

                  Its not just that though. They also get the ability to see people trying to sneak up on them.

                  I guess DICE have some career snipers in their management. Must be fun playing on their LAN with half the management staff camped on the same hill having a circle jerk sniping down at the peons. Sounds like a normal day at EA.

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                    February 25, 2011 1:52 PM

                    and? there's also the auto spotting scope. people don't use Q at all, so when I get pissed off, I get to snipe and spot at the same time because I get tired of the ground pounders running into drop an ammo box and throw grenades and 40mm spam and hope to spawn on a squadmate to continue the lols

                    I think I have 4 platinum sniper rifles in BC2 but I'm not a career sniper, so that means I get pissed off a lot at useless infantry combat

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                February 26, 2011 11:32 AM

                I always rolled with the G3 in my recon class. An assault rifle and the motion mines makes one hell of a one man army. You just need to stay close to an Assault guy for more mines and ammo.

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          February 25, 2011 10:58 AM

          It would be awesome if I could toss c4 onto the ceiling and take out what they are laying on.

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            February 25, 2011 11:34 AM

            That seems like a very plausible solution in BC3. It also sounds fucking awesome!

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              February 25, 2011 11:44 AM

              This was probably the biggest disappointment with the destruction 2.0 stuff in BC2 --- exterior walls could be blow away, but interior walls couldn't, except on one structure.

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                February 25, 2011 12:01 PM

                Not to mention every single building had the same interior layout. Lazy

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          February 25, 2011 11:29 AM

          Jump from rooftop to rooftop like Morpheus!

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            February 25, 2011 11:47 AM

            well in all seriousness, if a sniper gets way up high from bailing out of a friendly chopper, the enemy will have to follow suit.

            I set up shop super high in BF2 all the time, and BC2 whenever I can

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          February 25, 2011 11:48 AM

          Call a mortar strike on the building.

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        February 25, 2011 10:50 AM

        probably, but that's every modern FPS

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        February 25, 2011 10:54 AM

        blow up the damn building.

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      February 25, 2011 10:07 AM

      WHERE THE FUCK IS MY STEAM PRE-ORDER!!! I AM READY TO PART WITH MY MONEY EA!!!

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      February 25, 2011 11:56 AM

      everyone says "dont do prone other wise the snipers will be too powerful" but actually when you are getting sniped the best thing to do is to go prone behind something. I missed that counter defense in BC2. I'd have to run to a building and get sniped instead of go prone behind a half height wall.

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      February 25, 2011 12:11 PM

      Been waiting for this game for nearly 6 years. DICE has always produced an excellent game, but it is exciting to see that they seem to be pulling out all the stops for this game. I have more hours logged in BF2 then any other game. I have no doubt BF3 will be no different.

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      February 25, 2011 5:02 PM

      So this is what sacrificed my onslaught mode? I hope they include one with this and I'll forget all about that.

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