Despite the reassurance that Battlefield 3′s Battlelog would remain a free service, it looks like DICE and EA will be introducing a paid service called Battlefield Premium, probably in response to Call of Duty Elite, sometime in the near future. Battlefield Premium is rumored to be introduced at EA’s E3 Press Conference on June 4.
According to rumors, Battlefield Premium will net players a plethora of gear and content that can’t be found anywhere else. The first of these content packs will be a “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 personalisation options.”
This will be accompanied by Battlefield 3′s first DLC pack, Close Quarters which will launch on June 12. Following Close Quarters, Armored Kill and End Game will release sometime in the Autumn and Winter. There is also a rumor of a fifth unannounced DLC pack that will launch sometime in March 2013. According to Interim DICE CEO Patrick Bach, this is part of their plan to keep the content coming for a long period of time.
“We make sure that if you’re a Battlefield player, there should be plenty of Battlefield for you to spend your days on,” said Bach. “And again, we are focusing on giving you 12-18 months of value for Battlefield 3 and the expansion packs we’re releasing.”