Battlefield 3: Aftermath – More Dino Easter Eggs, All Map Names Revealed and More on Map Design

DICE producer Craig Mcleod provides further insight into the upcoming Battlefield 3 multiplayer expansion, Aftermath.

While a multiplayer expansion at its core, in a sense, it also happens to be an expansion of the single player campaign. As you might know by now, Aftermath takes place in Tehran at generally the same moment when soldiers begin to regain consciousness and their bearings after the devastating earthquake that took place the single player campaign (the one that killed you early on in the story).

Speaking with VG247, Mcleod touches on Aftermath’s inspiration. “When we thought about the singe-player, we looked at that moment and about how your character and other people left the scene, but then what about the people who are still there? We wanted people to see the other side of that earthquake.” He continued, “that’s really where the theme was coined from, and we’ve really carried this through with what we’ve done in Aftermath. You have the maps, obviously, which have war-torn buildings, the streets are all cracked up. That is all shown in the environment.”

Compared to the previous Battlefield 3 and DLC maps that we’ve already come to know and love, the locales in Aftermath offer a very different style of gameplay, something that provided the developers over at DICE with their fair share of challenges. Mcleod explains, “yeah, the new levels were kind of tricky to design to be perfectly honest. The reason for this is that we usually start off with clean-cut levels, then the destruction kicks in and you see its transformation. With this we’re coming in at the end of an earthquake so it’s already destroyed.”

With so much destruction having already taken place, you may be asking yourselves, will there be any room left for player-initiated destruction with what’s left in the aftermath? Mcleod admits, “It was a challenge to sort of improve that, but we’re still adding destruction to it – we’re still doing more. You can still collapse buildings, and on one of our levels, one of the monuments collapses, which can also take out enemies by the way.”

I can safely say that there’s still as much destruction on these maps, as there are in our previous maps. Another great thing that the earthquake theme has allowed us to do is to create more verticality with out levels. You have street level, but then you have the fissures in the roads that then create a lower level for people, so that they can sort of hide and take cover in there. You then have balconies, and buildings which you can get into, giving you an even higher level. So you really need to think about what’s on your level, but also what’s above and below you as well.”

Speaking of map design, Mcleod also named all four Afthermath maps while speaking to VG247: “Well, just as a quick overview of what’s in the Aftermath pack, we’ have four new maps, which is Epicenter and Markaz Monolith, Saadi Palace – which is focused around a big, ruined parliament building – and we have Telemarket, which is like this hillside village.”

When asked about the craving that many Battlefield fans seem to have over a dinosaur-themed expansion pack, Mcleod answered, “I’ve seen that yeah. I think each game gets it’s kind of little…quirk that players like.” Luckily for you dino-fans, he adds, “we understand this and actually, we do have one hidden Easter Egg which is along this theme in Aftermath for players to find.”

We know we’ll be on the lookout! We also know that you can catch the full Battlefield 3: Aftermath preview right here! Reading not your thing? You can also check our our video preview!

In the comments below, let us know what excites you most about Battlefield 3: Aftermath, releasing November 27 for PS3 Battlefield 3 Premium members and later in December for everyone else.

Thanks, Dave of VG247.

  • AndroidMango

    Nice Article Yet Again!

  • Alkanida

    CQ was too small – AK too big
    Map sizes of B2k and this is what consoles need!

    • 559

      bf3 on console is compete joke

      • you’re a compete fool for saying such

        • 559

          it’s is a joke 24 players on maps design for the pc i fell bad for console players they get less of a game for price of $60 where i got for $10 during a sale and there’s sales all the time for bf3 on origin so your point makes you look like a fool. BF3 on console 30fps 24 players ugly graphics so win and you lose

          • 900

            You’re punctuation and grammar makes you look like a fool sir!! you lose

            • 559

              what you play on conslololo have fun with 30fps and ghost town of a game

            • Jason

              COD Fanboy… move along. Haha U Mad because Battlefield is growing at a Staggering rate? BC:2 sold 2.5 million copies while the next BF game (BF3) sold 15 million, and we shall see how BF4 stacks up. COD is not a bad game and I don’t hate it, but battlefield clearly offers more, so why do you hate it?

            • 559

              I’m mad why would. 15 million is really nice not bad at all BF is never going to sell more than COD just face it BF Fanboy… move along. Haha U MAD because Call of Duty is destroying at a huge rate? Black ops sold 30.million copies while the next COD (MW3) sold 25 million, and we shall see how Black ops 2 stacks up. BF is not a bad game and I don’t hate it, but Call of Duty clearly offers more, so why do you hate it? Oh ya I forgot U MAD?

            • James

              So apparently, getting more sales means the game is overall a better experience. I think you should think about that, 559.

            • 559

              no thank you

            • jason


            • steelersfan4life56

              Offers more what? What diversity does that game offer? It tailors to one style of play.

            • TriguyRN

              Why are you here?

            • TriguyRN

              Ya but no one plays MW3

            • Bertolli

              Are you serious? 😀

          • Asmitty56

            The size of the map on console only becomes an issue on Armored Kill. The rest is just fine as long as you play properly (using vehicles for transportation). The game is not designed to be a quick twitch shooter with action every second. It is suppose to promote strategy and vehicle use. I like being able to think out my strategy and out smart the opposing enemy rather than running around a small map. I have had far from boring moments on that game.

            • 559

              nobody cares

            • Do the world a favor, and just stop. And when you think about starting again, I’ll tell you in advance, you’re not ready. Just stay stopped.

            • 559

              go play your little conslololo

            • Asmitty56

              You cared enough to reply didn’t you?. And look at you busting on consoles. So I’m assuming you are a Call of Duty fan right and you have a PC? I’m sorry but shouldn’t you be upset at the fact that you put all this money into buying and updating a PC and having the ability to adjust the setting to your liking for optimum play, but you play a game that doesn’t reach anywhere near the potential of your system? That has got to suck.

            • 559

              You cared enough to reply didn’t you

            • Asmitty56

              But what do you mean? I care a lot about your opinion and what you have to say.. 🙂

          • Battlefield 4 on PS4 >> Suck my Dick !!! 😀

          • TriguyRN

            You are an idiot!It is better than any other FPS on console and works well with what it has. It’s not ugly at all and btw do you own a console?

        • Ignore anything this 559 guy says. His words represents 0% of us PC players.

      • Enflu3nza

        jesus christ tone it down with your constant trolling. you make all PC gamers look bad, and you make yourself look like an asshole.

      • hahaha. what a loser! thanks for your invaluable knowledge. don’t you have to clean your room or pick up your shit stained “whitey tighties”? You better get on that, before your parents ground you from using their PC, you fucking nerd.

        • 559

          then why are you knowledge me then LMAO YOU FAIL HAHA you mad

  • I was actually JUST thinking about the destruction when you brought it up in the article lol. Can’t wait for this, liked CQ but it kind of wore out quickly, and AK was a let down. Hopefully this is more in line with B2K but has some CQ segments. As far as the destruction i miss the level of it we had in BC2 but sometimes the maps play better more structured i just wish that had separate playlists for more or less destruction. Anyway im looking forward to maintaining my !00% on BF3 but i hope i be able to pry myself from Halo 4 and Blops 2 long enough to enjoy it.

  • I bet that destructible statue is a t-rex or something 😉

    • ostrichbean

      You can use the Defib paddles to bring it to life

  • BlackCat762

    I am excited simply because it looks like a really cool enviroment.

  • Cq=consoles ak=pc AM=console EG=pc notice the pattern,, oh and b2k is inbetween pc and consoles

    • noname

      I noticed that, but to me its actually more like this: Cq for the CoD players playing BF. AK for the BF veterans…AM back to the CoD players…EG for BF veterans.

      • Those ‘CoD players’, as you say, don’t only play CoD mister… BF3 is for everyone. There is no this map is for BF3 players, that is for COD players and that map is for Minecraft players (lolwhut?). There is something called variation. I play MW3 and BF3 at the moment and I’m getting FIFA13 so what, problem? What if I decide to be a FIFA player, or COD player, or even BF3 player… That doesn’t make me a map specific player… BRO…

        • Alpine

          are there any maps in BF3 for fifa players?? i guess caspian border is one…lolol

        • 559

          black ops 2 is going to kill bf3 when it comes out nobody is going to be playing bf3 only bf fanboys

          • not because you won’t play BF3 anymore that means all CoD fanboys will leave BF3 . and BO2 will never kill BF3

          • I’m only getting BO2 on x-mas maybe so I will be playing it from time to time…

          • Asmitty56

            Uhh yea because everyone wants to play the brand new game. BF3 is a year old while BOII is coming out in a few weeks. Seriously? You think you are clever stating that more people will be playing a new game rather than an older game? That’s like saying more people will be playing BF4 when it comes out than BOII. Heck I’ll play BOII (or something else) then go back to BF3 when Aftermath comes out.

            • 559

              bf4 is not going to have more people playing than black ops 2 even when it comes out. bf3 online players daily PC:35000 XBOX:60000 PS3:52000. where mw3 online players daily PC:19000 XBOX:250000 PS3:233000 so your point is invalid i win and you lose black ops 2 is going to kill bf3 and bf4 so suck it up fanboy just face the facts oh ya i forgot are umad

            • Asmitty56

              If I were a fanboy I wouldn’t have admitted to probably buying BOII. You might want to try again. And how exactly are those numbers “killing” BF3 right now? So according to you 147,000 people play BF3. People still play it. Call of Duty is just much more publicized and popular. Popularity does not equal quality (especially for MW3). Hell crap like Justin Beiber, Lil Wayne, and Jersey Shore are popular, but it doesn’t mean it is good.

            • 559

              lmao yep your mad cause i owned you fell right in to my trap

            • Asmitty56

              Hah right. Care to explain?

            • 559

              yep your mad i keep owning you and you keep coming for more lmao what i win and you lose hahahahaha

            • Asmitty56

              You sound familiar. Did I play you one time on MW3?… God I know I have heard this type of conversation on MW3 before…

              And that wasn’t that great of an explanation by the way.. Hmm :/

            • hes probably just a kid, lol

            • Asmitty56

              That’s what I was getting at when I said he sounds familiar. Sounds like the typical 14yo on there.

            • TriguyRN

              I’m 14….

            • Oblivion_Lost667

              5/10. 4 for the trolling and poor grammar, 1 for making me reply.

          • first of all youre trying to compete a new game to a 1 year old game, second of all your a CoD fanboy in a BF3 article , and third of all bf3 will not die out until BF4 hits the market. The End.

            • True … Battlefield 4 will rape.

            • Asmitty56

              I can’t wait. I really hope BF4 is on next gen consoles. Right now BF3 pushes the consoles to the limit (can’t say that about other certain fps’s). It’s going to look beautiful. More players, more action, more vehicles, more destruction… Dear god.

            • Orgasm?

          • TriguyRN

            I ask again, Why are you here?

        • Oblivion_Lost667

          I would agree with you, but CQ was almost blatantly designed for CoD players to convert them over and compete with Activision/IW/Treyarch. Just look at the gamemode they specifically made for it, while I’m not saying CoD invented a King of the HIll team mode (Domination in CoD), but it’s a very highly played mode in CoD, and CoD’s the most popular game with it at the moment. Plus all the comments towards CoD and all that, it’s rather obvious what they tried to do. Probably even worked to some extent too.

      • Not at all, console players are only 24 people wich means we are technacly forced to play on map like seine or bazaar. I would defently want OP Metro off tha game tho. Metro has no vehicles or anything on consoles, now THAT IS a CoD hotspot.

        • Asmitty56

          I’m not one to criticize what others play. Metro is far from one of my favorites, mainly because of no vehicles and there is no flanking routes at all which is anti-Battlefield, and honestly wouldn’t work on other games either. But hey it is one of the most popular maps on the game so obviously someone likes it…. CQ, again not my thing because of the lack of vehicles, but you can actually flank and the destruction to walls, furniture, ect is a nice touch. I just feel like that DLC is more geared towards TDM play than anything, it fits better in that game mode rather than forcing CQD. How ever I have had some of the most fun on maps like Sene Crossing and to an extent Grand Bazaar. It promotes a lot of short-medium gun play, plenty of flanking routes, has vehicles, plenty of capture points and takes full advantage of vertical warfare, and destruction of buildings affecting players(on Seine), That’s also a reason why I feel that it is a shame that Strike at Karkand is not more popular. I’m hoping Aftermath ties in some of those elements.

    • AK’s rush is vey good on consoles as well, i’ve had so much kill/fun/score on conquest mode on some of it’s map (i admit, not all) and Tank.S is really a fantastic mode after playing some rush and conquests. Overall i think AK is good, the only downside of that for console is “conquest mode” specially on maps like Albourze.

      • Asmitty56

        Especially since they patched the AC130. Would be cool if the AC130 switches hands it gets destroyed.

  • Well Done

    In the last 10 hours MP1st has loaded 10 different articles, all I have to say is well done guys 🙂

  • Andreas

    so, B2K was classic maps, CQ was very small maps. AK was very big maps. AM is Medium small? and EG might be Medium large

    • Hol_Up

      I’d like a medium small map with a side of small-large.

    • AM will be the same size as B2K.

    • Well with a map name like “Saadi Palace”, it’s hard to imagine a large out-door map. I do they’ll be like the size of B2K.

      • i’ve been in Saadi Palace … it’s a huge land with some palaces located near by each other… it’s beautiful and some how looks like, the first part of Operation metro (rush) with lots of trees and lake …

  • humi1981

    I’ve been watching Mp1st for about 6 months. keep up the good job 🙂



    I cannot wait!

    I just hope they release it without any issues. 🙂

  • Jason

    Oooh DICE! Give me my DINO’s! 😛 looks cool!

  • Mark
    • James marcus

      well theres my vote..

  • lol

    Kids, please piss off with your dino rubbish, it does not belong in battlefield and neither do you.

    • TriguyRN

      It would just be a fun addition. I don’t care either way

    • Badoa

      You do realise it’s just a meme, yeah?

  • 559

    why is everyone want dino mode they need to fix there game first

    • Jason

      Says the faggot ass troll

    • Yeah, how ’bout a figgin’ sound fix already? The sound cut-off has been the most annoying thing this past year and still no fix.

    • TriguyRN

      I thought you were just a cod fanboy. Why do you care all of the sudden?

  • Jamesbutler

    Great article MP1st! quality as always and first to get us the info. just one quick note: you dont get killed by the earthquake in singleplayer like the article says

  • boost103

    It’s in epiccenter in the middle go in the tunnel all the way and you well see i