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Battlefield 3 Premium will launch Monday, June 4 priced £39.99 according to a listing in the latest European PlayStation Store update.

We assume the service will roll out on Xbox 360 and PC at the same time.

The heavily rumoured Battlefield 3 Premium will give subscribers early access to Battlefield 3 expansions, plus other benefits expected to be announced at E3 next week.

Battlefield Premium will lunch alongside Close Quarters, Battlefield 3's latest DLC expansion, which is priced £11.99.

EA is yet to officially announce Battlefield Premium.

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Joey_Bananas

This is very sad. It's what happens when publishers and stakeholders capitalize on a good idea and drain it for everything it's worth. Of course, the developers will get a load of new money out of it too, but I like to think they understand what they're doing and only do it to earn a living. They know the gamers don't appreciate to get nickle & dimed.

Thankfully I left BF3 after their big balance patch (added extra "Supression", made vehicles worse, etc) and haven't played it since. This was before their "pay-to-unlock" service and the announcement of their Close Quarters (CQB, CoD style) expansion, plus the "rent-a-server" service. Honestly, loyal fans are getting really done in now. I can't actually believe EA allowed players to rent out official servers, which then resulted in a lack of official EA public servers where people wanted to play on DICE hosted ones.

It really is incredible how low EA has stooped with Battlefield 3, and I would recommend anyone who dislikes this business model to not buy into BF3 at all.
Posted 14:55 on 30 May 2012

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draytone

I'm a bit annoyed. It seems like a rather large amount of money to spend, when I've already bought the game once. And, as mentioned in my other post, having to download 2.3gb of data just so they can store it on my HD before I can play the normal multiplayer is really annoying.
Posted 17:31 on 07 June 2012
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moosehunter

Mousehurter. LOL.
Posted 14:50 on 07 June 2012
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clangod

No. Not me. And I thought I had a nice FPS to play online.

I will not buy in to this early access thing. Nor will I subscribe to something that should be part of what I already pay for (online pass concept forgiven). I don't necessarily want anything extra, just patches. And what's with the servers?

It's just a crafty cash cow. Covered in C4.
Posted 11:54 on 31 May 2012
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altaranga@ Woffls

I just think EA were a bit slow in implementing 'Premium', that's all. It feels (I admit without any proof) as though they wanted to see how Elite did first, and upon seeing its success decided that they could do something similar. I agree that Day 1 would have made more sense but through their own tardiness then figured 'Better late than never'.

To the fans of Battlefield this Preium service makes complete sense, just like Elite makes sense to CoD fans. It'll probably do quite well, too.

Milk, milk. Moo, moo.
Posted 11:54 on 31 May 2012
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pblive

No. :)

I only got elite because the MW3 Hardened edition was cheap and so far I've barely got any use from it.

Starhawk has the right idea, free maps so everyone can play together and a great fairly balanced online game too.
Posted 11:50 on 31 May 2012
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Clockpunk

So.... is any forumite going to purchase this...?
Posted 11:40 on 31 May 2012
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Woffls@ moosehunter

@mousehurter: Correct, I don't care about Battlefield 3, but I do care about the business model that (probably) the biggest game publisher on the planet is implementing in its flagship title in case it affects games that I do care about.

Consumers should have this functionality available at day one or not at all, because 4 months later EA will release another online shooter and probably drop support for BF3 aside from some half-arsed unbalanced map DLC, and a couple of token server upgrades... for consoles only of course, because nobody bought it on PC.

But more importantly, this is representative of how EA intend to do business - which is funny considering the amount of money they would have made by offering this from launch. The franchise is being torn apart by EA because they don't see the inherent problem in nickel and diming fans of a classically PC-oriented franchise.

If people couldn't talk negatively about things, conversation and debate would be boring. Sorry if my opinion spoils the view from your rose-tinted bubble in Happy Happy Harmony Land where everyone is just like super chilled out man.
Posted 11:39 on 31 May 2012
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altaranga@ Joey_Bananas

Thanks dude. It's like you took the words right out of my head and typed it all out for me. It's saved me the effort.
Posted 19:20 on 30 May 2012
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moosehunter

Wolffs if you don't care about BF3 why are you posting comments about it?
For me it's still the best game out there for multiplayer action, really looking forward to premium as I would buy all the expansions anyway and this will save me money.
I do find it amazing how prolific the haters are at posting, if you don't like something move onto something different.
Posted 17:39 on 30 May 2012
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Joey_Bananas

This is very sad. It's what happens when publishers and stakeholders capitalize on a good idea and drain it for everything it's worth. Of course, the developers will get a load of new money out of it too, but I like to think they understand what they're doing and only do it to earn a living. They know the gamers don't appreciate to get nickle & dimed.

Thankfully I left BF3 after their big balance patch (added extra "Supression", made vehicles worse, etc) and haven't played it since. This was before their "pay-to-unlock" service and the announcement of their Close Quarters (CQB, CoD style) expansion, plus the "rent-a-server" service. Honestly, loyal fans are getting really done in now. I can't actually believe EA allowed players to rent out official servers, which then resulted in a lack of official EA public servers where people wanted to play on DICE hosted ones.

It really is incredible how low EA has stooped with Battlefield 3, and I would recommend anyone who dislikes this business model to not buy into BF3 at all.
Posted 14:55 on 30 May 2012
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dazzadavie

As Woffls says should of been there from day one.

I would expect 360 and PC to get it a week after PS3. Everything is on this week earlier deal on PS3 including mother-*****ing patches.
Posted 14:26 on 30 May 2012
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Woffls

Uhhh, shouldn't EA have implemented this when Battlefield 3 was released and people actually still cared about it?
Posted 14:21 on 30 May 2012

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