Worldwide challenge to unlock new map in Battlefield 1943

by: John -
Now here's an interesting way to unlock an item. EA and DICE announced that once the multiplayer community achieves 43M kills on Xbox Live and on the PlayStation Network for Battlefield 1943, the Coral Sea map will be unlocked for everyone to play in. The game will ship with three maps so everyone has to work at causing a lot of carnage for the fourth one to open. I'm going to guess that the Xbox folks will be first out to get this since just by sheer number they should achieve this faster than PS3 folks. I wonder when the game ships for the PC, if they'll do that as well. I'm guessing they'll include it all once that happens but we'll see.
EA ANNOUNCES BATTLEFIELD 1943 COMMUNITY CHALLENGE THAT UNLOCKS ADDITIONAL BONUS MAP “CORAL SEA”
Battlefield 1943 Delivers Nonstop Multiplayer Action Across Four WWII Maps for $15

Stockholm, Sweden – May 29, 2009 – DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced that Battlefield 1943™ will kick off a worldwide community challenge that, when achieved, will reward players by unlocking a fourth map called Coral Sea. The WWII Coral Sea map will be unlocked when the multiplayer community achieves 43M kills on Xbox Live and the same number on PlayStation®Network. When it ships this summer, Battlefield 1943 will include three maps (Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal, and Wake Island) plus this fourth bonus map, all for $15.

Coral Sea is designed to showcase the intense battle in the skies, offering an all-new Air superiority game mode. The legendary WWII action this map provides will have players dog fighting in this airplanes-only map, proving once again DICE delivers on a first class online vehicle warfare experience better than anyone else! Players will be able to track the progress of their respective console communities at www.battlefield.com/1943.

Battlefield 1943 is a premium arcade title that delivers endless hours of 24-player First-Person Shooter (FPS) action on popular maps inspired by Battlefield 1942™. In addition to Coral Sea, Battlefield 1943 will also have players battling over three tropic locations: Wake Island, Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima. These maps have now been updated with the DICE Frostbite™ engine, providing destructibility to the battlefield and leaving players with almost nowhere to hide. Gamers play as the US Marines or the Imperial Japanese Navy, competing by land, air and sea. They have the freedom to pick their path in battle - be it as a rifleman crawling through the trenches, a steel fisted tank commander, or a dog fighting ace pilot that rules the skies!

All four maps will be playable at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 Expo) at the intersection of West Hall & Concourse Walkway.
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