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Battlefield 3 – Premium Edition Price Drop; Fans Worried

/ Aug 31st, 2012 3 Comments

Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3 was undoubtedly a huge success for EA and for many fans narrowed the gap between EA’s big FPS franchise and the top dog, Call of Duty from Activision. Now, less than two weeks away from release, EA has quietly lowered the price of the new Battlefield 3 Premium Edition from the original $69.99 price down to $59.99 price. The price drop was confirmed through Amazon and is for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems.

Battlefield 3, the “regular edition” was first released back in October of 2011, almost a year ago. This new Premium Edition will be released on September 11th, 2012. While the core game is essentially the same, this newer edition of Battlefield 3 comes packed with the extras. There are five brand new expansion packs that include twenty new weapons, twenty new maps, ten new vehicles and four brand new game modes.

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While many have been excited about the Battlefield 3 Premium Edition, other gamers aren’t buying into the hype. Gamers around sites such as Reddit and N4G have left less than flattering comments and suspect the sudden and rather quiet drop in price over this edition of Battlefield 3 is an admission that EA was overcharging for the product. Many gamers felt that they should be rewarded or at least acknowledged for their loyalty for buying the original game for $59.99 back when it was released the first time around.

Others feel differently as some games think that paying $110 for all that they get, including all the multiplayer features, isn’t such a bad deal because of the per-dollar gaming ROI. While much of the new content has been available to existing BF3 players that could purchase it as DLCs, it seems that this Premium Edition is a “one stop shop” to bring over players that haven’t been playing Battlefield 3, rather than offer the existing gamers a true major follow-up to last year’s hit title.

The DICE team, developers of the game, have already announced that Battlefield 4 is in development. Players can pre-order Medal of Honor Warfighter today and “ensure access to the exclusive Battlefield 4 beta” which has yet to be announced by DICE or EA. Outside of that, on the official Battlefield website, DICE states, “…we’re not ready to talk about Battlefield 4 yet…” and asks gamers to check out MoH.

If you want to take advantage of the price drop and buy the game, check out the reduced priced versions of the Battlefield 3 Premium Edition for XBox 360 or the Battlefield 3 Premium Edition for PS3.

This gets down to why fans of the Battlefield series are worried, as we hinted at in the headline. Companies that are confident in their releases don’t typically drop prices only days away from their street date, nor do they totally hide any and all information about upcoming sequels. EA is famous for churning the hype machine and these moves are very atypical for the industry behemoth. While Battlefield 3 Premium looks like an amazing deal for those gamers that have yet to jump into the BF3 universe, existing gamers, while happy with the franchise overall, have mixed reaction over the release of this new edition of Battlefield 3 and its sudden pre-release price drop.

Sean Gibson

Sean Gibson

Founder, Featured Contributor at Gaming Illustrated
Sean Gibson was the founder of Gaming Illustrated and served as Executive Editor and lead reviewer from 2002 to 2014. He no longer is affiliated with Gaming Illustrated, but remembers his time with the site fondly.
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3 responses to “Battlefield 3 – Premium Edition Price Drop; Fans Worried”

  1. Jason Yang says:

    Yup, I totally agree. I bought the game at 60, then paid another 50 to get premium. Yet other players can just pay 50 to get everything, but this probably is my last Battlefield game.

  2. derpa derp says:

    I’m not sure why people would be worried it makes no f**king sense. This is extremely good to get more new players.

  3. Rytis says:

    Premium is just to expensive not going to buy it and im not gona buy BF4
    because battlefield 3 is still going strong , and is killing pc’s and i am sure that DICE will screw up the 4th BF because thast always happens to dice they relase good game and then they always screw up on the next game 🙂 50 $ is to expensive for expansion pack !!!!!

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