Play Battlefield 3 online, win a prize

by: Nathaniel -
And no, the prize won't let you nerf flares or limit the number of engineers on the other team.  You can, however, win a trip to DICE studios in Sweden, but first you have to enter.  How, you ask?  All you have to do is play a Battlefield 3 match online between November 11th and November 13th and you are entered automatically.  They're calling it the Battlefield 3 "says thanks" sweepstakes.  For full details on the contest, visit

The awesomeness will carry on into December with the release of the Back to Karkand expansion pack (free with limited edition copies or 1200MSP/$14.00).  It comes with four remastered Battlefield maps, Strike at Karkand, Wake Island, Gulf of Oman, and Sharqi Peninsula.  It also comes with better destruction, five new dog tags, five new achievements/trophies, three new vehicles (DPV, BTR-90, and the F-35B STOVL jet fighter), 10 new iconic Battlefield weapons and a new persistence system where players complete assignments to earn their rewards.  I just hope these new maps are of the "open with lots of vehicles" type rather than the "narrow passageways and Omaha Beach-style meat grinders" type.

Finally, DICE would like everyone to know that they're still working non-stop to fix the problems with Quick Match, game stability, and lag/rubber-banding.  They're also adding more hardcore servers.  Keep up to date with the fixes at  I'd just like them to officially recognize "Bunker Hill" as the name of the escalators that lead up to B flag on Operation Metro.


Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand Digital Expansion Brings More
Explosive Action to the Battlefield in December

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – November 7, 2011 – Get ready to level up, soldier! Today DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) studio announced that it is thanking fans for their passion and loyalty by hosting a Battlefield 3™ “Says Thanks” Sweepstakes weekend where gamers who play from Friday, November 11th at 12:01am GMT through Sunday, November 13th at 11:59pm GMT will have a chance to win one of three amazing prizes. The Grand Prize is a round-trip visit to DICE in Stockholm, Sweden for one player and three of their squadmates for three nights. Included in the visit is a tour of the state-of-the-art studio and an introduction to the development team behind the award-winning game. The second prize is $5,000 USD in cash, or equivalent local currency, with the third place winner taking home a brand new game system with the full catalogue of corresponding Battlefield games. Complete sweepstakes rules can be found at

The November play sessions will be followed in December with even more fan engagement when Battlefield 3 releases the first digital expansion pack, Back to Karkand. This expansion comes with the Limited Edition of the game and delivers four fully remastered Battlefield maps; Strike at Karkand, Wake Island, Gulf of Oman and Sharqi Peninsula, all with enhanced levels of destruction. In addition, this expansion pack includes five new dog tags, five new achievements/trophies, three new vehicles (DPV, BTR-90, F-35B STOVL jet fighter), 10 iconic Battlefield weapons and a new persistence system where players complete assignments to earn their rewards. Back to Karkand will be sold separately for $14.99 or 1200 MS points on the PlayStation®Network and Xbox LIVE® Marketplace, respectively. The expansion pack is available now for PC pre-order on

As DICE continues to support Battlefield 3 as a software service, the development team has been collecting player feedback, responding to issues and working non-stop to provide improvements to both the single player and multiplayer campaigns. Updates include improved Quickmatch and squad functionality, improved game stability, reduced lag and rubber-banding, and added hardcore servers to meet demand. Details of ongoing updates can be found on the Battlefield blog at

Battlefield 3 is available now in North America and Europe for the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC. Battlefield 3 is rated “M” for Mature by the ESRB. Fans of the game and DICE can purchase merchandise online at the all-new DICE store at For more information on Battlefield 3, please visit, and for the latest news on Battlefield please visit or follow us on Twitter® at


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