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Play Battlefield 3 online, win a prize

by: Nathaniel -
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And no, the prize won't let you nerf flares or limit the number of engineers on the other team.  You can, however, win a trip to DICE studios in Sweden, but first you have to enter.  How, you ask?  All you have to do is play a Battlefield 3 match online between November 11th and November 13th and you are entered automatically.  They're calling it the Battlefield 3 "says thanks" sweepstakes.  For full details on the contest, visit battlefield.com/saysthanks.

The awesomeness will carry on into December with the release of the Back to Karkand expansion pack (free with limited edition copies or 1200MSP/$14.00).  It comes with four remastered Battlefield maps, Strike at Karkand, Wake Island, Gulf of Oman, and Sharqi Peninsula.  It also comes with better destruction, five new dog tags, five new achievements/trophies, three new vehicles (DPV, BTR-90, and the F-35B STOVL jet fighter), 10 new iconic Battlefield weapons and a new persistence system where players complete assignments to earn their rewards.  I just hope these new maps are of the "open with lots of vehicles" type rather than the "narrow passageways and Omaha Beach-style meat grinders" type.

Finally, DICE would like everyone to know that they're still working non-stop to fix the problems with Quick Match, game stability, and lag/rubber-banding.  They're also adding more hardcore servers.  Keep up to date with the fixes at blogs.battlefield.ea.com/.  I'd just like them to officially recognize "Bunker Hill" as the name of the escalators that lead up to B flag on Operation Metro.


Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand Digital Expansion Brings More
Explosive Action to the Battlefield in December

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – November 7, 2011 – Get ready to level up, soldier! Today DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) studio announced that it is thanking fans for their passion and loyalty by hosting a Battlefield 3™ “Says Thanks” Sweepstakes weekend where gamers who play from Friday, November 11th at 12:01am GMT through Sunday, November 13th at 11:59pm GMT will have a chance to win one of three amazing prizes. The Grand Prize is a round-trip visit to DICE in Stockholm, Sweden for one player and three of their squadmates for three nights. Included in the visit is a tour of the state-of-the-art studio and an introduction to the development team behind the award-winning game. The second prize is $5,000 USD in cash, or equivalent local currency, with the third place winner taking home a brand new game system with the full catalogue of corresponding Battlefield games. Complete sweepstakes rules can be found at www.battlefield.com/saysthanks.

The November play sessions will be followed in December with even more fan engagement when Battlefield 3 releases the first digital expansion pack, Back to Karkand. This expansion comes with the Limited Edition of the game and delivers four fully remastered Battlefield maps; Strike at Karkand, Wake Island, Gulf of Oman and Sharqi Peninsula, all with enhanced levels of destruction. In addition, this expansion pack includes five new dog tags, five new achievements/trophies, three new vehicles (DPV, BTR-90, F-35B STOVL jet fighter), 10 iconic Battlefield weapons and a new persistence system where players complete assignments to earn their rewards. Back to Karkand will be sold separately for $14.99 or 1200 MS points on the PlayStation®Network and Xbox LIVE® Marketplace, respectively. The expansion pack is available now for PC pre-order on Origin.com.

As DICE continues to support Battlefield 3 as a software service, the development team has been collecting player feedback, responding to issues and working non-stop to provide improvements to both the single player and multiplayer campaigns. Updates include improved Quickmatch and squad functionality, improved game stability, reduced lag and rubber-banding, and added hardcore servers to meet demand. Details of ongoing updates can be found on the Battlefield blog at http://blogs.battlefield.ea.com/.

Battlefield 3 is available now in North America and Europe for the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC. Battlefield 3 is rated “M” for Mature by the ESRB. Fans of the game and DICE can purchase merchandise online at the all-new DICE store at www.store.dice.se. For more information on Battlefield 3, please visit www.battlefield.com, and for the latest news on Battlefield please visit http://www.facebook.com/battlefield or follow us on Twitter® at www.twitter.com/battlefield.


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