Nope, still no Dinosaurs, but DICE has released news that Battlefield 3 will be the recipient of three DLC packages one dubbed “Close Quarters”, the other “Armored Kill”, and the final mentioned as “End Game”. Here is what we know so far:
The HD Destruction in Close Quarters lets players riddle the environment with bullets, reducing entire locales to ruin. Everything from furniture to plaster can be shot to pieces, and players can see the result of the mayhem as rubble and broken pieces pile up on the floor.
The tight level design and many opportunities for vertical game-play mean players will need to bring their A game if they want to stay alive in this highly competitive theatre of war.
Some may be opposed to this, but even though this may come off as an introduction to maps similar to the Bloc in the original Modern Warfare. I have enough faith in DICE to make it with their own style. Although that may be too tightly quartered, it would not surprise me to see maps similar to White Pass shown below to be implemented (minus the snow). DICE’s ideas of close quarters may differ from what everyone perceives, and I for one am very excited to see what is given out. It’s hard not to think about maps such as “Shipment” and how much of a crap show that was in CoD4 when close quarters is mentioned.
Image from Planet BF
“Back to Karkand set the bar for what an expansion pack should be,” DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson said. “It’s so much more than just a new map. We’re trying to theme all our expansion packs.”
If close quarters combat does not excite you, Armored Kill will focus on new vehicles and larger maps than the current ones. Larger than Firestorm and Caspian maps with 64 players (PC only) surely will appease fans of this map style. It has been confirmed that unlike Operation Metro, Close Quarters will focus on vertical map design and destructable environments. Ziba Tower, currently being shown, takes place in an office complex with multiple floors, neatly partitioned spaces and trendy looking light fixtures. Instantly, I think Die Hard movie style game-play!
I absolutely love large maps just like the majority of Battlefield fans, but I also enjoy a change from time to time. Even if this isn’t your cup of tea, news that the second DLC planned will include the largest map in Battlefield history will surely keep even the most sceptical waiting with bated breath. Not to sound like a fan boy, as I can admit I enjoy playing both MW3 and BF3 for absolutely different reasons, I have more faith in DICE and their DLCs than I do Sledgehammer. Even though we already have the announcement of this years planned DLC I would still love to entertain the idea that DICE will introduce a new successor to Battlefield 2142 . Shown below is what some consider an “Easter-egg” to hinting at the possibility of a 2143 release in Battlefield 3. However, despite what most think, considering that this would come to us in form of a DLC I believe this may be an entirely separate title release in the future. No matter the cynical or sceptical when it comes to DLC content, my hats off to DICE for not pigeon holding its players into one worn out and quite predictable set of content. Battlefield 2143, bringing back Titan mode under the Frostbite 2 engine,, would without a doubt be an absolutely epic experience for veterans and new players alike. If I missed anything please forgive me, but feel free to toss in comments below or on our Facebook page!
AT THE 0:25 mark we get to see a sneak peak of Close Quarters!