Earlier today it was confirmed that next Monday, June 4, EA plans to roll out Battlefield 3 Premium - a new service that offers players additional items and DLC for a one-off fee.

Official details aren't being released until next week, the publisher says – presumably to tie in with its E3 press conference on Monday - but we've trawled through the leaked fact sheet to find you everything you need to know about the service.

Of course, we need to make it clear that at the time of publishing this information should still be considered unofficial – but we know a fake fact sheet when we see one, and this looks fairly legit to us.

Battlefield 3 screenshot

What is it?

Rather than being an annual subscription service in the style of Activision's Call of Duty: Elite, Battlefield 3 Premium appears to be the equivalent to a Season Pass for Battlefield 3, entitling buyers to all five Battlefield 3 expansion packs at no additional cost, plus additional items and exclusive bonuses. Unlike a subscription to Call of Duty: Elite, however, - which rolls over to additional Call of Duty titles year-on-year for as long as you keep your subscription - Premium appears to be tied purely to Battlefield 3.


How much does it cost?

Battlefield 3 Premium costs a one-off fee of $49.99, €49.99, or 4,000 Microsoft Points. A price in pound sterling is still to be confirmed, but as Call of Duty: Elite carries an identical cost in the States, it's safe to assume that it'll set us Brits back £34.99.


What do I get for the money?

You'll get access to all five of Battlefield 3's expansion packs – Back To Karkand, Close Quarters, Armored Kill, Aftermath, and End Game – and at no additional cost. You'll also get access to each of them two weeks earlier than non-Premium players, although, regardless of whether you pay for Premium or not, we believe PlayStation 3 users will still receive them one week earlier than PC and Xbox 360 players, thanks to EA's timed-exclusivity deal with Sony.

Battlefield 3 screenshot

You won't see most of the expansion packs any time soon, however. Close Quarters is the next expansion pack due, releasing on PS3 alongside Premium next week and 360/PC the week after, but the others will each slowly trickle out between mid-2012 and summer 2013.

There are throwaway extras included in the price, too, including a unique in-game 'ACB-90' knife, unique dog tags, five new assignments, and 10+ additional camos for your soldier. Some ambiguous-sounding 'additional content' is promised, too.

Priority access to multiplayer servers will also be included - a worrying sign for those who aren't prepared to sign up for Premium - and you'll be invited to exclusive 'members-only' events, including double XP weekends.

You'll also be given the ability to permanently store five Battle Reports via Battlelog and given access to exclusive videos featuring hints and tips from the guys at DICE.

Oh, and you'll be given the option to reset all of your multiplayer progress. If you're mental.


Is it worth it?

If you're planning on buying all five expansion packs anyway, then investing in Battlefield 3 Premium appears to be a no-brainer. Buying each of the expansion packs separately would cost you a shade under £50 so, if the price tag does convert to £34.99, you're already looking at a saving of £15.

And while the additional content doesn't seem particularly compelling (do you really need a unique in-game knife?), the two-week early access and exclusive double-XP events will give Battlefield 3 pros an excellent headstart when it comes to learning the maps. And when it comes to competitive multiplayer gaming, that can make all the difference between life and death on the Battlefield.

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munkee@ FantasyMeister

Although this is a very negative opinion that you have, it's one that I tend to agree with.

I very rarely buy DLC in any form. Perhaps there's great content that I've missed. But, I don't want to be involved in this greedy direction that we're heading in.

When we're getting developers openly and happily stating that their working on DLC before a game is released, then we've got a problem. If it's good, worthwhile DLC that they're working on, then why didn't they put it in the game? Doesn't that mean that they charged us premium price for a product that they know could have been better?

I dunno.. Just this mindset accompanied with the renting/I don't actually own anything concept annoys me. If a game has quality DLC released for it, then I'll usually wait for the GOTY edition to be published. That's the main reason I haven't bothered playing Mass Effect 3 yet. I'll pick it up in a year on a disk with a ***** load of extra content.
Posted 15:49 on 10 June 2012
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Neon-Soldier32@ squidman

I think it depends how much you're nto a particular multiplayer mode. For example, if I'm really into BF3 then I would probably buy it anyway compared to, Max Payne 3 for example, where I might not be into it, so it wouldn't bother me whether I had the DLC or not.

If I couldn't get the DLc due to lack or money or whatever, then I still don't think it would bother me too much unless, the I played with had the DLC and the lack of the DLC meant I couldn't play with them. However, if I was playing solo, then I don't think it would bother me too much.

If it's something like the Close Quarters DLC then I might not be as bothered because it's something different that I might not necessarily like. Not sure if that answers your questions or not.
Posted 15:21 on 10 June 2012
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FantasyMeister@ squidman

Depends on your outlook. You never 'own' EA's multiplayer DLC, you only rent it until they make it unavailable by turning their servers off.

On the other hand 4000 MSP gives you the piece of mind that each time you do play you'll be unable to find official servers to play on anyway.

Also keep in mind that by making a purchase of this nature, you're supporting a business practice that will eventually gravitate towards charging per shot fired.
Posted 15:12 on 10 June 2012
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squidman

Here's a question: do people, deep down, feel a bit like they *have* to own all the DLC? And does that frustrate them a bit?

I've got this problem, you see, especially for games like BF3. Even though I know I'm probably not going to play it *that* much, part of me still feels that I want/have to go and buy it. I have a slightly compulsive character, and I think things like this kind of do a weird mental number on me.
Posted 14:34 on 10 June 2012
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pblive

I'm now thinking of getting rid of my copy too. With so many other games to play and Starhawk being my main go-to game for online at the moment, I think I can cope with one less game in my collection.
Posted 13:49 on 10 June 2012
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clangod

Why couldn't they just leave it alone?

Looks like my favourite FPS is now shelved for good. Come to think of it, I've not played it now for a few months anyway. Moving right along.

I refuse to pay for it so I will not play it. Sorry to admit it to myself but it is as simple as that. It would be much harder to accept if I played only online FPS like some. There'll be plenty more to distract me. Multiplayer or not.

Maybe time to trade in while the prices are still reasonable?
Posted 12:36 on 10 June 2012
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Clockpunk

As EA opened their conference with the salvo that games are becoming more than that which is constrained toa disc, they seem to be counting on such a prospect becoming the new 'standard model'...

...

After seeing how much Acti made with their initial foray.

I enjoy good DLC as much as anyone, and it is always nice to see those titles *I* enjoy expanded upon, but one has to wonder: how much manpower are they devoting to the creation of all this new content? is it the main dev team, distracting them from the inevitable next iteration, or a secondary team...? At that price, it pretty much is a second full title that has been purchased.
Posted 10:07 on 08 June 2012
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munkee

It seems, to a multiplayer-shooter outsider, as if these online FPS games are actually retailing for £74.99. That's a lot of money. Is it actually going to be worth picking a shooter up off the shelf unless your willing to pay another £35 to get the proper experience?
Posted 09:37 on 08 June 2012
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draytone

I love BF3 and I'm a bit peeved, I won't be spending £40 on extra content because I want to play new games and have new experiences.
Posted 09:21 on 08 June 2012
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Technabob

At a price of £39.99 it is worth it because you get a 2 week early access on the maps there will be 4 different maps coming out. Each map costs about £11 or £13 so times that by 4 it makes up £44. It is worth buying but if you're buying it and your a newbie on BF3 it is not suitable many people are more than 40 on rankings.
Posted 23:06 on 07 June 2012
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squidman

Bit worried about the queue jumping features - that doesn't sound particularly great. I trust DICE enough to not let that become a problem, though. But I think the season pass angle is fine, if that's your bag.
Posted 16:54 on 31 May 2012
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dazzadavie

A lot of people already have B2K so is the service still worth it? Your paying for extra content one of which most people didn't spend money on (if you get the LE).
I'd have to look into this more once more info appears.
Posted 14:12 on 31 May 2012
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FantasyMeister

My question wouldn't be "Is it worth it?", it would be more along the lines of "Is it blackmail?" especially if I had to queue longer if I didn't sign up for it.
Posted 14:10 on 31 May 2012
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Wido

I haven't touched Battlefield 3 for a while now. I got the Back to Karkand because I bought the limited edition of the game. It is a good game and if the service is designed straight at Battlefield 3, then it probably is a good investment if you play the game regularly.

I prefer the Bad Company games to be honest. I hope the service isn't just aimed at Battlefield 3 and take a leaf out of COD's book with Elite. Another thing to mention is for EA/Dice to show Bad Company 3 at E3!
Posted 13:15 on 31 May 2012

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