These premium memberships seem to be awfully popular, so why not give it a shot?

There have been rumors concerning a "Premium" service for Battlefield 3 ; it would be a service that rivals the Call of Duty Elite option for die-hard CoD fans. Now, it's all but confirmed, as reported by Joystiq .

Earlier, leaks from Germany featured a lot of relevant details: First up, the service would require a one-time fee of $50 and this would bring BF3 fans "a variety of content," including access to all five of the present and future expansion packs, two weeks of early access to those packs, and "a host of unique in-game items not available anywhere else."

Then things get even more interesting, as apparently, Premium members will gain "access to powerful new features." How powerful, you ask? Well, maybe "the ability to reset stats" and "queue priority into servers," which means if you shell out the bucks, you'll get onto servers faster.

This might launch alongside the Close Quarters DLC on June 4 and after this leak, EA figured there's not much point in hiding it anymore:

"Looks like the excitement for Battlefield Premium cannot be contained. For details, please visit Battlefield.com on June 4."

Yeah, that's pretty much confirmed right there.

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JackDillinger89
JackDillinger89
8 years ago

A little late to the party huh EA?

friction
friction
8 years ago

Sorry what party?

Phoenix
Phoenix
8 years ago

Wow, this has to be a joke right? BF3 is a pretty weak game, and they want people to pay for this premium crap? I think they're going to have a hard enough time getting people to pay for the DLC let alone this…

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
8 years ago

Bad company 2 was better imho. Vietnam blows away all of bf3's maps.

H0TSHELLZ
H0TSHELLZ
8 years ago

I knew there were more people who knew about this than me lmao.

xenris
xenris
8 years ago

Good lord, the way that these publishers are trying to monetize their games is sickening. If you were an early buyer for BF3 this puts the game up to a 110 dollar price tag.

I can't wait to see what they come up with next *sarcasm*

___________
___________
8 years ago

oh boy thats not going to go down well!
either give us 60+ bucks a year or you have to wait a few extra weeks for the DLC!
god, where will the greediness end?

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
8 years ago

I think in their mind is, they're trying steal away the COD fans with a price tag cheaper service, which kind of make senses.

wiiplay
wiiplay
8 years ago

Back in the day, when gaming was focused on fun and creativity, a premium service took the form of a monthly game-focused magazine. This magazine would contain gaming news, reviews, rumors, fan art and even the occasional demo or two.

You young whippersnappers may wonder how we can consider such a 'premium' service to be worthy of the money. With news, reviews, rumors, art and demos easily available on the internet, how could we ever live in the golden days of gaming?

Although sure, such a premium subscription service back then is more or less a standard service now, the ability to actually get a physical item that you can keep for generations was what made the subscription back then truly worth the dough.
Now, however, if you subscribe to COD Elite, or whatever else EA has up their sleeves, you're only gaining access to digital perks, which will vanish the instant you unsubscribe.

Personally, I'd take a physical and permanent magazine over a virtual and temporary in-game bonus.

Although I love the Battlefield franchise, I will never buy extra DLC packs, or subscribe to a digital service that ceases to function the instant I stop paying.

Good luck EA, and I'm sure it'll be a major success. It's just not for me, and many other older gamers who still respect the value of a hard-earned dollar.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
8 years ago

Amen, Wiiplay!!!!!
Ahhh, the great old days!!!!

Man oh man, I really loved those good old days where I could play demo discs for all of the upcoming games, while also getting all the latest info right on those free discs.

BTW, I still have all of my old "Official Playstation Magazine", my old "Playstation Underground" double-disc demo sets, my "Playstation Interactive Sampler Pack" demo discs, plus a slew of other various individual company's game demo discs that were sent to me by places such as Temco & Psygnosis.

But sadly, I rarely get anything in physical form from gaming companies this current gen.
(I do have to mention that the Starhawk crew were nice enough to send PS3 accounts some digital goodies just for being in the beta).


Last edited by BikerSaint on 6/2/2012 3:10:42 PM

kay Oss
kay Oss
8 years ago

What the hell happened unlockables like back in the days. For example you play on the hardest mode and beat it, you get a reward such as unlocking a new character, a new map, a new weapon, or a new ending?? Now a days if you want any of those its DLC or some BS membership subscription. This DLC and subscription is becoming a nightmare. It bad enough that we are paying $60 for a game that last only 3 hours, but we have shell out more money to get the most out of a game?