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Battlefield 3 expansions hitting PS3 first

DICE has announced that all Battlefield 3 expansion packs will release a week early on the PlayStation 3.

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Apparently Call of Duty isn't the only big-budget shooter franchise with a console exclusivity arrangement anymore. Sony has arranged a deal with DICE to offer Battlefield 3 expansions a week early on the PlayStation 3. The exclusivity deal will start with the Back to Karkand pack, and apply to all subsequent "full-blown" expansion packs on the system.

The revelation came from DICE product manager Tommy Rydling on the PlayStation Blog. The announcement seemed unclear on whether this applies only to its console competition, or if PC players will also wait a week longer than PS3 owners. Shacknews has contacted DICE for more clarification, and a representative plainly stated, "PS3 players will receive exclusive one-week early access to all Battlefield 3 Expansion Packs." So there you have it.

This seems like a similar deal to the Activision/Microsoft deal to offer early access to Call of Duty packs. Since Battlefield is positioning itself as EA's answer to the popular COD franchise, it only makes sense to strike out at Microsoft's biggest competitor. The COD exclusivity period is longer than a week, but it's still a nice win for Sony.

The blog also teases the open beta, which as previously reported will launch on all platforms on September 29. The game is set to release on October 25.

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    September 22, 2011 9:15 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Battlefield 3 expansions hitting PS3 first.

    DICE has announced that all Battlefield 3 expansion packs will release a week early on the PlayStation 3.

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      September 22, 2011 9:22 AM

      Well, there ya go.

      PC gaming is dead

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      September 22, 2011 9:22 AM

      1 week early is not hurting me. I cant wait a week LOL. Its not a win in my book.

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      September 22, 2011 9:25 AM

      Ugh... Why?

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      September 22, 2011 9:25 AM

      lol money

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        September 22, 2011 9:36 AM

        Also, lol EA

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          September 22, 2011 3:04 PM

          Yea, BF3 is their Ace in the hole. Despite all of the stupid shit they come up with, and everything we fanboy cry about in return... it really doesn't matter.

          We're going to buy BF3, because, there's absolutely nothing like it (bugs and all).

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      September 22, 2011 9:28 AM

      what the f

      PS3?

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      September 22, 2011 9:32 AM

      "The exclusivity deal will start with the Back to Karkand pack..."

      Plz tell me this is a joke.

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        September 22, 2011 9:33 AM

        This is pretty much the only reason I pre-ordered on fucking Origin. I will choke bitches, virtually.

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          September 22, 2011 9:40 AM

          Pre-ordering on Origin has nothing to do with the Karkand expansion. All preorders get the expansion.

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          September 22, 2011 3:01 PM

          I'm so glad I canceled my pre-order. Making BF3 for PC gamers, what a joke. Good way to sell copies, but then again is telling a lie a good way in the end?

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        September 22, 2011 9:34 AM

        do they mean being able to buy the thing after launch? Can you do that? If they're going to restrict preorder bonuses for a week because of platform then ashassdfjhsdf

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        September 22, 2011 9:37 AM

        Whaaaaaaaaatttttttt

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        September 22, 2011 10:47 AM

        It's only a week, play the single player as you wait :)

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          September 22, 2011 3:05 PM

          nah, we'll be playing single player the first one to two weeks on release, as we wait for EA / DICE to unclog the tubes.

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      September 22, 2011 9:47 AM

      take that fucking Microsoft!

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        September 22, 2011 5:51 PM

        Yeah! Fuck them for providing a great online gaming platform!

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      September 22, 2011 9:48 AM

      Its pretty funny seeing them take what they sensibly said about this sort of things during the PR run for BFBC2 and tossing it aside.

      They freely admitted that releasing expansion packs with exclusive maps was a terrible idea in BF2 as it split the community up and left both sides sore. Those who had the maps couldn't find many populated servers to play on, and those without the maps would get booted from the game if the server changed to a map they didnt have. If you are paying for a server, you arent going to be running maps that empty the damned thing out when they come on. So either you run an exclusively vanilla server, or an exclusively map pack specific server.

      So now for BF3 they are just doing it again. Ijits.

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        September 22, 2011 10:15 AM

        I agree. The clusterfuck of BFBC2's community fractalization is just going to be repeated with BF3.

        For fuck sakes, EA.

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      September 22, 2011 9:55 AM

      PC is our primary focus!

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        September 22, 2011 10:17 AM

        Unless someone pays us more to look at there system first!

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          September 22, 2011 3:02 PM

          What I'd love to see, which I know will not happen, would be for gamers to step up like the NetFlix people did and bail on them. I did. ;)

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            September 22, 2011 4:59 PM

            They probably already have, but that's just been blamed on 'pirates' then they christen it as 'pc gaming is dying' and they move onto other platforms where they're unsuccessful then drive the whole industry backwards almost a decade.

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      September 22, 2011 11:06 AM

      That's great! Throw them a bone!

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      September 22, 2011 11:37 AM

      PC focused indeed...

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      September 22, 2011 12:25 PM

      I thinks this is good. Sony fan boys get something, if only for a week. I mean their preferred platform is sinking fast. So this will help ease that pain.
      I mean, aside from the Sony exclusive titles, what have they been getting first? And the PS3 usually has to wait a month or more for the DLC. That in it self is hilarious. So we at the XBOX camp wait for a week, and when COD comes out they wait for a month.

      I dig it...really I do.....

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      September 22, 2011 1:10 PM

      What I want cleared up is that for those who preordered the game and got the first map expansion pack free if us, "PC GAMERS" have to wait a week after PS3 users? If that's the case, EA can go fuck any pre-orders in the future from now on.

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      September 22, 2011 1:48 PM

      TAKE THAT XBOX 360 FAN BOYS!

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        September 22, 2011 2:02 PM

        TAKEN!

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          September 22, 2011 2:11 PM

          Taken where?

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            September 22, 2011 2:14 PM

            I'm not quite sure where to take it next. home I suppose.

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              September 22, 2011 2:16 PM

              motherfucker you're paying for that before you take it anywhere

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            September 22, 2011 2:18 PM

            Out behind the Shacknews offices and made sweet buttery love to.

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            September 22, 2011 3:15 PM

            Burger King

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      September 22, 2011 2:53 PM

      I wish we had more details about this. Do they mean that even though people pre-ordered the PC/360 version just for the sake of getting those map packs, they won't have access to the maps for a full week? Or, does this mean that when the map packs are released for purchase, that PS3 owners will be able to buy them a week earlier than everyone else?

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      September 22, 2011 3:14 PM

      Doesn't bother me at all.. will still get it at the end of the day

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      September 22, 2011 5:52 PM

      So, since the 360 went CoD they figured BF3 should go PS3? I assume that's what it was because Sony says they don't pay for exclusives.

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      September 22, 2011 6:48 PM

      1 week exclusivity? What good is that?

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      September 22, 2011 8:51 PM

      I was so used to hating Activision I had almost forgotten my EA hatred. "FUCK YOU PC gamer!" they say and kick me in the nuts, then they laugh and walk away with my wallet. No FUCK YOU EA. Suck on my cancelled pre-order. It cost 10 bucks too much anyway!