Rumor: 'Battlefield Premium' service launching soon

EA is rumored to be launching a Battlefield 3 "Premium" service starting on June 4, just before E3.

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EA may be planning to launch a "premium service" for Battlefield 3 as early as June, making good on previous comments that detailed EA's desire to enter the subscription market. Battlefield Premium is said to include exclusive items, and additional personalization options.

Battlefieldo reports that an anonymous source has shared details on "Battlefield Premium." The service is reportedly scheduled to launch June 4, and include a premium knife, black dog tag, soldier camos, weapon camos, extra Assignments, and more.

The rumor also claims that the game will get a fifth expansion pack in March of next year, even after the game's "End Game" content this winter.

The move wouldn't be surprising given EA's eagerness to jump into a subscription service. The purported June date would put it at the start of E3 week, which could give EA an extra talking point for its stage presentation. Shacknews has contacted DICE regarding the rumor, and will update as new information becomes available.

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    May 14, 2012 11:45 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Rumor: 'Battlefield Premium' service launching soon.

    EA is rumored to be launching a Battlefield 3 "Premium" service starting on June 4, just before E3.

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      May 14, 2012 11:55 AM

      * E L I T E ' D *

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      May 14, 2012 11:57 AM

      More Exclusive DICE servers eh?

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        May 14, 2012 12:23 PM

        I wonder if this is why the official DICE servers were all disappearing?

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          May 14, 2012 1:18 PM

          I hate the fact they went away. I hate these 300% ticket games that drag on forever.

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          May 14, 2012 4:43 PM

          From an article I read the other day it kinda led me to believe the reason they were disappearing is that they are renting them out as the rentable servers. So as the users start to rent more they just turn official ones over to them for custom ones. :(

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      May 14, 2012 11:59 AM

      You got to be kidding...

      I sure hope that's not gonna happen

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      May 14, 2012 12:01 PM

      Pay 4 game then pay 2 win lmao amirite guise

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      May 14, 2012 12:02 PM

      Exclusive items = "pay to win"

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      May 14, 2012 12:22 PM

      Comes with 4....4..... FOOOOOURR MORE CORRIDOORS!

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      May 14, 2012 12:36 PM

      NNNNNnnnnnnnnnnnoooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


      /vader

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      May 14, 2012 12:37 PM

      I'm really looking forward to the day when buying the game doesn't give you access to the game.

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        May 15, 2012 6:59 AM

        It already happened with MMOs. You get one month and then start payin'. Seems to work just fine for them. I think that market's already saturated.

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      May 14, 2012 12:45 PM

      that's some bullshit. I guess its only logical on the business side but still, F U EA

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        May 14, 2012 12:46 PM

        What really, really amazes me is that people pay for this stuff.
        They wouldn't do it if no one was gonna buy. Depressing.

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          May 14, 2012 12:59 PM

          They wake up the next morning, and facepalm - "oh god... what did I do?"

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      May 14, 2012 12:48 PM

      EA ruins everything it touches.

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        May 14, 2012 12:51 PM

        is there a serious bizness today? or is everyone just sitting still till D3 rls

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          May 14, 2012 4:18 PM

          You'd think that people might want to play a game or two rather than trying to spam log int o servers they know aren't activated...

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      May 14, 2012 12:49 PM

      I thought COD Elite was a bad idea before it launched, but then it turned out to be a really good service. Hopefully the same thing will happen here, though I have less faith in this.

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      May 14, 2012 12:55 PM

      l m a o

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      May 14, 2012 12:55 PM

      So, 50 bucks nets you all the expansions and hats?

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      May 14, 2012 1:02 PM

      wait. are there hats? if so, yay.

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      May 14, 2012 1:57 PM

      In order for this to be worth it whatsoever they have to release a LOT more content. Which from the sounds of it they are not. So lol @ them.

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      May 14, 2012 3:25 PM

      Lets see how many idiots play BF3 compared to CoD.

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      May 14, 2012 3:39 PM

      Bf3 is such an amazing game on PC and so far ahead technically of the competition I would buy it if it wasn't too much money.

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      May 14, 2012 4:10 PM

      This was a front page post, wasn't it.

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      May 14, 2012 4:16 PM

      This could be....maddening

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        May 14, 2012 4:19 PM

        I can only see getting behind this if they do it in a smart way like World of Tanks, where you can completly play and enjoy 100% of the game without getting a premium account, but maybe a premium account just gets you unlocks quicker than without (but still obtainable without it). Maybe also if premium meant free access to DLC or something too, then I can see it being ok.

        What you definitely DONT want to do is segment the community and/or make it so that having premium is pretty much a necessity to be competitive since not having it nerfs you too much

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      May 14, 2012 4:22 PM

      This just in: servers that won't ban you for using XYZ weapon.

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      May 14, 2012 4:36 PM

      I am seriously about done with these assholes.

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      May 14, 2012 8:14 PM

      DICE are such IW wannabes. They desperately attempt to mimic CoD wherever they can.

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        May 15, 2012 7:17 AM

        Except for the fact where DICE has been around making sandbox war games since Infinity Ward was in diapers. But yeah... they like money too.

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      May 15, 2012 6:49 AM

      DICE is a damn bunch of clowns trying to copy another successful franchise that clearly will destroy their own

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        May 15, 2012 1:15 PM

        You also realize DICE built Battlefield 1942 in 2002 and Infinity Ward came up with Call of Duty in 2003 right?

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      May 15, 2012 7:00 AM

      If they're just offering new assignments and camo, who cares? I can't imagine they'd be dumb enough to offer exclusive powerful items for subscribers.

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      May 15, 2012 11:18 AM

      I think this will bite them in the end. Didn't they ultimately promise this is something they wouldn't do when they were launching BF3. Lesson learned on my part, probably should have known better to trust what a corporation says anyway. I think its ridiculous to expect them to keep to their word here.

      It is already bad enough they said they wouldn't sell map packs but instead they are selling "expansions" and they are selling various other items like dogtags and services to boost your rank.



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