A couple of months ago, the head of the EA Games label, Patrick Soderlund, was talking about how EA was actively looking at a subscription-based model for Battlefield 3. I was cautiously curious for what such a subscription service may entail, and it seems that, if the latest rumours are to be believed, what’s being called ‘Battlefield Premium’ may well pack some enticing bang for Battlefield 3 fans’ buck.
MP1st has learned from unnamed but “reliable inside sources” what’s set to be included in the Battlefield Premium service. Here’s the breakdown.
20 new weapons
10+ new vehicles
4+ new game modes
20+ dog tags
Also includes “Premium Benefits” which are made up of skins, camos and, most importantly, early access to all DLC.
The catch is those new features are spread across the entire range of DLC, including the already released Back to Karkand. Interestingly, the news comes with a yet-to-be-announced batch of DLC called ‘Aftermath’ that’s slated to arrive later this year, pushing the already revealed ‘End Game’ DLC to 2013.
To add further fuel to the fire, UK retailer Cool Shop has a listing for a “Battlefield 3 Premium Service Code in a Box”; albeit, this listing makes no mention of Aftermath and lists End Game as hitting in December. The product is listed at £34.96, which translates to around $55AUD without adding the usual Australia tax.
Assuming the rumours prove true—and my gut tells me we’ll know soon enough with E3 just around the corner—would you be willing to pay that amount for the listed content?