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EA confident BF3 DLC will retain players despite impending MW3 release

Wednesday, 2 November 2011 14:28 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

EA executive vice president Patrick Soderlund is confident the firm’s content plans will keep gamers interested in Battlefield 3, even with the deluge of titles releasing over the holidays.

Speaking with IGN, Soderlund said he’s also pleased at the number of new players the firm welcomed into the Battlefield fold. This helped the title achieve a banner 5 million sales in its first week, making it “the fastest selling game in the history of EA” despite a few launch hiccups.

“The fact that we’re seeing a lot of new Battlefield players come into the franchise means a lot to me,” he said. “That’s been something that I’ve been trying to push on for a long time, that we wanted to go wider, become a broader, established IP, and it seems like that’s really working for us, so that’s cool.

“Given the unprecedented user volume that we’ve seen, we have obviously had some hiccups during the week, and we’ve been working very actively on solving those, and most of the issues are behind us. The game is performing a lot better. Most people had a very smooth weekend, and we continue to improve the service as we go, basically.”

With the upcoming holiday season pressing, Soderlund is confident consumers will continue to show interest in Battlefield 3, even with seasonal juggernaut Call of Duty releasing next week as its biggest competitor.

“The holiday season is clearly very competitive, as we know,” he said. “We all respect what Call of Duty brings and what they’re going to come with, and I think that we have an industry-leading multiplayer game that will make people want to stay with us, frankly.

“If you look at all the reviews that we’ve gotten, not a single one that I’ve seen has been negative towards the multiplayer. In fact, many state that the multiplayer is the multiplayer experience to have, the best in the world. And if I can continue to harness that and work on improving that and give the consumers more of that, then hopefully they’re going to feel loyal to us and stay.”

“My focus has got to be on our product, and not necessarily on the others. And right now we’re out in the market, and that’s all I know. When they come out, they come out, and I wish them the best of luck. They’re partners in this industry, and I play all their games and I look forward to many of them, and all I can do is try and make sure that people stay interested and want to have more Battlefield.”

The first bit of content to arrive for BF3 is the Back to Karkand pack, which will be made available in December. It will be free to those who pre-ordered and £11.99 for those who didn’t.

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27 Comments

  1. tmac2011

    i’m skipping battlefield. for now

    #1 4 years ago
  2. DarkElfa

    @1, your loss, it’s actually a brilliant game, technical issues not withstanding.

    TBH though, they ought to release the Back to Karkland map pack for free to everyone as an apology for the launch issues and as a show that they they care more about customer loyalty than cash, whether that’s true or not.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. viralshag

    @2, They might well do that but I imagine they will want to get all the issues ironed out first. I imagine people playing the new maps with no problems would be better than “great map pack, shame I can’t play it” sort of replies.

    I’m kinda glad they’re not out yet as I’m still slowly digesting all the maps we have at the moment in both Conquest and Rush modes. I think they said December for release? I think by that time B2K will be a nice refresher.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Ireland Michael

    Frankly, I’ll be perfectly happy when all the noobs run off to the kindergarten shooter Modern Warfare 3, just so those of us who actually know how to play Battlefield will be left to enjoy it together.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. DiodeX

    @4 +1

    #5 4 years ago
  6. StolenGlory

    @4

    I know what you mean.

    The amount of players that i’ve been squaded with, who during Rush games, fail to defend or attack the objective effectively in favour of getting kills has been pretty fucking frustrating to say the least.

    Still, it’ll work itself out in the end like you say i’m sure.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Ireland Michael

    @5 and 6, In fairness though, Bad Company 2 had the exact same problem at the start as well.

    Once all the ADHD kiddies with short attention spans moved onto their latest fix (whatever Call of Duty was released that year), the game became infinitely more enjoyable.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Iliad

    @4 +2

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Yoshi

    2 & 3 I doubt they’ll give it all for free, but possible one map like Wake Island seen as that has been in every Battlefield sequel (Not including the prequel BC)

    #9 4 years ago
  10. viralshag

    @6, Last night was the worst I’ve seen it. I ran a few games on the same team in a server and the attackers just set the charges within minutes. Why? Because the majority of the team got flanked and left 10 feet from the attackers spawn point wondering where everyone was…

    “They’re here you morons!” is pretty much all I was screaming at my screen last night.

    @9, We’ll have to wait and see. I’m sure someone mentioned to me that EA have already said something along the lines of “no compensation” but I’m not sure of that.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. DiodeX

    DiodeX xbox 360, always squad and play so ;)

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Se_7_eN

    @4 + 10000000000

    #12 4 years ago
  13. silkvg247

    Do you guys have a platoon? I’d love to play with some “clued up” folks in a squad. it’s so much easier to win a game with a good squad or two working together.

    Edit: On PC version this is.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. viralshag

    Silk, check out the forum post:

    http://www.vg247.com/forum/topic.php?id=5203&page=1#post-28444

    Few of us have already partied up from the VG247 platoon. You can find me as Viralshag on there. ;)

    #14 4 years ago
  15. silkvg247

    HOOAH! Application sent. Thanks. :)

    #15 4 years ago
  16. YoungZer0

    Count me out. I came to my senses and realized i have to give it back as long as ORIGIN is attached. It’s ridiculous. I can’t properly play the game with it. I can only play it with a crack. And by using the crack i run into a chance of my account being banned.

    Getting my money back and going to give it to them folks at Activision. I love BF3, i really do. The 3 hours i played yesterday were fantastic, but i just don’t understand why i have to waste 40 Euros for Spyware.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. YoungZer0

    @4: Sounding a lot like Erthazus here.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Ireland Michael

    @17 Yeah, except I don’t play 500 hours of games I dislike.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. G1GAHURTZ

    @17:

    “@4: Sounding a lot like worse than Erthazus here, as usual.”

    Fixed.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. DSB

    I’d say the more maps they load onto it, and the sooner they do it, the better.

    I’m gonna have to pay for them too, since I only got suckered in by friends after launch, but keeping the game interesting by having a lot to choose from has a pretty huge bearing on how likely I am to keep playing a game.

    If anything, the biggest realization I get out of BF3 is how halfassed it makes BC2 look. There’s actually been a bit of care put into the maps, the guns, the fundamental gameplay mechanics. It’s an entirely different league.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. YoungZer0

    @18: Dunno about you, but i know i’ll enjoy MW3 for what it is. Hope EA changes its way soon, because the only thing standing between me and Battlefield 3 is ORIGIN.

    @19: Thanks, but i like my comment better.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Ireland Michael

    @20 For me, the one thing that stood out for me the most is how incredibly diverse the approach to every single map is, especially on Rush. Every single one seems to have its own completely unique concept, which completely changes up the tactics.

    Daravand Peak is a constant downhill approach until the last point. Caspian Border is a huge, open area with focus on vehicle warfare. Seine Border has a big focus on defence, with open areas and tight alleyways. So on and so forth.

    It’s glorious.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. viralshag

    The Seine map is by far my most favourite. In both Rush and Conquest I think.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Ireland Michael

    @23 It’s definitely one of my favourites.

    I had one of my most enjoyable matches ever there recently. I remember one part near the end distinctly, where were doing a terrible job trying to cap the point at the bridge in Rush. We were down to about 20 players. Kept getting shot down like flies every time we approached it.

    Me and one of my friends had a brainstorm at that point, and we both slowly crossed the along the side of bridge while proned, whilst the teams at either side of the bridge were busy trying to slaughter each other. They didn’t even notice us.

    Suffice to say, we got the point, and went on to win the match.

    About the most exciting thing that happens in Call of Duty multiplayer is someone getting a lucky knife throw or headshot from a long distance near the end of a round.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. sk4r

    What are your thoughts on Metro Conquest? From what I’ve seen so far, the Americans never win.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. viralshag

    @25, Metro conquest at anything lower than 44 man is ok, more than that and it feels overcrowded. I have seen the US win, holding the upper station is really the decider in a lot of matches from what I’ve seen. If you can hold the Russians at the station entrances you’re sorted.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. polygem

    @1: i´m skipping too – at least for now. i am losing interest in this modern warfare realistic setting fps shooters recently. i can´t say why really, but the more realistic these games become the more i get a bad feeling playing them. i prefer more artistic/ fantasy/scifi oriented settings for sure. it´s more fun for me. that being said i was/am a huge bf fan but right now i enjoy halo reach again after not playing it online for quite some time. this game is so brilliant. one of the best console games ever. i finally started my legendary campaign and it is great fun. it´s the third time i play the campaign and i rareley do these things. halo is one of those rare gamplay beasts. it´s just fun to play the game. there´s halo ce anniversary coming out in a few days which means 7 old/new maps and another playthrough of the campaign and that is just awesome and will keep me busy. gears 3 is a masterpiece as well and sucking a lot of my time too. lots of sp and mp dlc is coming – bought seasons pass. and then there will be skyrim AND last not least my social life! there are too many games this fall/winter. i seriously can´t handle more than mentioned above. BF3 will have to wait.

    #27 4 years ago

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    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]