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Battlefield 3 Expansions to Hit PS3 First, Open Beta on PSN 9/29

This is Tommy Rydling from DICE, and I’ve got two exciting pieces of news to share with PlayStation.Blog readers. First, we are very happy to announce the dates for the eagerly awaited Battlefield 3 Open Beta on PSN. The Beta is open to all and will run from September 29th to October 10th. You can join it by simply going to the going the PlayStation Store and navigating to the “View All By Title” section, then selecting Battlefield 3 – within there you’ll see the download for the Battlefield 3 demo!

But that’s not all for our PlayStation fans! You’ll be happy to know that beginning with our first expansion pack Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand (to be released later this year), all full-blown upcoming expansion packs for the game will appear one week early exclusively on PS3, brought to you by Sony!

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fluffydelusions2251d ago (Edited 2251d ago )

Works for me. :) Add me on PSN id is plbelanger We can play some beta BF3 next week :)

BakedGoods2251d ago (Edited 2251d ago )

For the most part EA's treated the PS3 crowd better, and maybe more-so considering bonuses like Dead Space Extraction weren't paid for by Sony.

Taking advantage of the fanboy wars, EA's trying to show up Activision and their timed 360 DLC, obviously hoping to carve a solid fanbase out of the PS3 crowd.

MrIreland2251d ago

Bout time us PS3 lads gets DLC first. :)

StanLatMarveldotCom2251d ago

Somehow I think this can backfire. XBox 360 has built a larger BFBC community and while the COD community is bigger, DICE has missed opportunities to reach out to the XBL community. For BF3 to really be successful and be a true competitor to MW3, they need to build a large, sustainable community on XBL and they're not doing that with simple slights like these. The forums are already ranting about how petty this seems. If COD 1 month exclusivity on XBox 360 seems juvenile and cheap, this just seems silly and irrelevant. Pandering the PS3's anti-COD crowd wins less favors than pandering to the huge demographic of XBL's online community. And that's just fact.

BakedGoods2251d ago (Edited 2251d ago )

I think the sad fact is, the majority of XBL's demographic have no clue about these little platform spats.

I'd argue gamers who game hard on one or two games a year (ie. Madden, CoD and even BF), are borderline 'casuals' in the sense that they know nothing of these DLC wars.

If I'm correct, EA's move with have less of an impact on the huge, primarily 'casual' 360 crowd, but a greater positive effect on the more sophisticated PS3 gamer.

MrBeatdown2251d ago (Edited 2251d ago )

Well, that's one way to spin it. "Pandering the PS3's anti-COD crowd"? Give me a break. Call of Duty sells incredibly well on both platforms.

If anything here is backfiring, it's Microsoft's decision to promote the hell out of Call of Duty, not only at the expense of Sony, but the expense of Battlefield. If EA feels any effort they make on 360 is going to be immediately overshadowed because Microsoft wants to push some "exclusive" CoD map packs on the dashboard, or throw all their marketing weight behind CoD and the map pack exclusivity, why would EA even bother with MS and try to compete with that? What's the point in trying to catering to Xbox fans when you're always going to be treated as #2 by Microsoft?

Xbox players can cry all they want about how "petty" it is, but their beef should be with Microsoft for playing favorites and driving EA towards PS3, rather than EA for simply reacting to it and going somewhere where their efforts won't be overshadowed because the platform holder wants to cash in on a competitor's popularity.

LiquidSnack2251d ago

It's only a week, not much to brag about :/

fluffydelusions2251d ago

Better than nothing, I'll take it!

Forbidden_Darkness2251d ago

And it's the 'Back to Karkland' DLC which comes with the game if you preorder it anyways.

fluffydelusions2251d ago

It's all DLC, they said it just starts off with that one.

MariaHelFutura2251d ago

Timed content is a bad idea in general. It's the worst approach of a business model in gaming.

LightofDarkness2251d ago

Why play favourites at all, Dice? Trying to appease the fans who whined about the game not looking as good as the PC version? This won't go down well...

Mozilla892251d ago

Why would a beta for one of the most anticipated games of the year and 1 week early expansion packs not go down well?

PS fans will be happy for the 1 week exclusivity while 360 gamers probably won't care waiting a week instead of a month or whatever it is for COD on the PS3

StanLatMarveldotCom2251d ago

Let's admit that DICE has pandered clearly to the PS3 demographic. I don't know if that's because there seems to be a greater anti-COD sentiment on the console but I really do think it can backfire. BFBC2 has built a large following on the XBox 360 despite COD's huge community and more and more they're beginning to feel slighted. Until recently, they hadn't even seen footage of the XBox 360 version. They aren't really being encouraged to get excited about the game. And that's what DICE should want, not play one community against the other.

Aggesan2251d ago

I doubt DICE had anything to do with this.

SonyNGP2251d ago

I'm glad they didn't pull a CoD and hog it for a month. I would've been pissed!

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