Wow! Rumors of Battlefield 3 have been floating around the internet for 2-3 years now, but there was never any official word from Electronic Arts until June 2009, when, during a financial call, Battlefield 3 was said to be a game that was "looking very good".
Not much of an announcement for such an anticipated title, right?
Since then, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 was released with quite high critical acclaim and sales. The support for the game has been adequate, considering the lag issues that never quite seem to be solved. The VIP map packs added new breath into the game, but were too slow to come out, or at times added too little content.
The prospect of a Bad Company 1 map pack seem grim, despite Electronic Arts asking if we would like Bad Company 1 maps, via the Battlefield facebook page. But Vietnam is on the horizon, what can we expect from that?
The Vietnam expansion will have 4 maps with Rush and Conquest, and will include vietnam-era weapons and vehicles. I can see EA charging $30 for the expansion (as the expansion for Dragon Age Origins -- Awakening -- was priced at $30) But is 30$ too much? From the sounds of it, there will be no single-player content, but if the each of the four maps support Rush, Conquest, Squad Rush, and Squad DM, and there are all of the vietnam weapons and vehicles, I think they can justify a $25 price-point.
So, what do you think about Vietnam? How much content would you want if EA were to charge $30?
Back to Battlefield 3...
So, Battlefield 3 got one poor announcement via a financial call, and now it get's announced via a beta-key tie in with the upcoming Medal of Honor?
So what's the deal with Battlefield 3, does EA not want to properly announce the game? They could have announced it at E3 with a trailer, but I am guessing they either A) did not want to over-saturate their conference with shooters or B) Battlefield 3 is not ready to show. At all.
I am leaning towards option B. Since nothing has been shown of Battlefield 3, and EA is being hesitant to talk about it, I am guessing it is in the early stages, despite being developed since 2009. Clearly someone at EA has some doubts about Medal of Honor, and decided that packing in a beta key for Battlefield 3 would help sales. From the looks of it, MoH needs all the help it can get on the multiplayer side of things.
Anyways... let's talk about Battlefield 3, shall we?
Up next... Battlefield 3.