[Updated] Battlefield 3 – Battlefield Premium Leaked, More DLC, New “Bonus Content” and Double XP Weekend

Update 2: DICE has just announced on their official Facebook page that the double XP weekend will begin at 12:01am PST tonight (early Saturday morning):

Be Advised, Battlefield 3 players – This weekend we’ll be doubling every experience point that you earn on the Battlefield ranked servers. Every kill, assist, revive – you name it, it’s doubled.

At the conclusion of each match the bonus XP will be reflected as “Additional Points”. Double XP will be accrued across all ranked servers and matches.

See you on the Battlefield.

Update 1: A double XP weekend has been confirmed by Battlefield 3 German Community Manager, Andreas Koch.

Original Story: It looks like Battlefield fans can anticipate a very interesting month in the Battlefield 3 universe this June and beyond.

According to information we have received from reliable inside sources, we’ve learnt of a recent fact sheet that lists some interesting dates as well as some very interesting pieces of Battlefield 3 content that DICE and EA seem to have planned in the near future. On top of some extra “bonus content,” including the Close Quarters DLC and a player guide, can fans also expect a “Premium” service to bundle these content drops together?

Check out these release dates of upcoming pieces of Battlefield 3 content as listed on the fact sheet:

  • 04-06-2012 – Battlefield Premium
  • 12-06-2012 – Close Quarters
  • XX-06-2012 – Guide
  • XX-08-2012 – Bonus Content

Battlefield Premium: This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, seeing that EA has toyed with the idea of a subscription-based service before. However, it’s not clear whether Battlefield Premium is actually a subscription-based service or if it is simply a one-time cost that will cover the content included in it. The official description reads:

Battlefield™ Premium will land you a number of content drops with unique in-game items not available anywhere else. First out is the one-of-a-kind Premium knife and black dog tag, plus a set of soldier camos, weapon camos, dog tags and Assignments that will make sure you stand out and get more personalization options.

If this comes to fruition, we can expect to learn more about it in the coming weeks before it releases June 4th, 2012.

Close Quarters: Close Quarters is DICE’s second Battlefield 3 expansion pack which will focus on tight, infantry-based combat and will include new 4 new maps as well as 10 new weapons and assignments. It will also feature the brand new game mode, Conquest Domination. You can check out the latest gameplay trailer “Donya Fortress” here. While most of this was known earlier, what has not yet been revealed is it’s release date. According to this fact sheet, we can expect Close Quarters to drop June 12th, 2012, meaning PS3 owners will get a head start on June 5th, 2012.

Guide: Sometime next month, Battlefield 3 players can “get the upper hand with this strategy guide, teaching you how to improve and become an even more skilled player.”

Bonus Content: Not much is known about this “bonus content,” other than it will be available some time in August, 2012. It’s official description reads, “enhance your Battlefield™ experience with this bonus content drop.”

March 2013 DLC: We were also told a 5th, unannounced expansion pack is to hit Battlefield 3 sometime in March, after DICE’s already announced End Game expansion.

Double XP: Additionally, it has also been revealed that starting tomorrow, May 12th, until Monday, May 14th, Battlefield 3 fans will be able to earn double the XP as they play throughout the weekend.

Though this news is unofficial at the moment, make sure to stay tuned to MP1st on Twitter and Facebook as we learn more!

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