No premium online service for Battlefield 3

Dominic Sacco
No premium online service for Battlefield 3

EA will not charge users for Battlefield 3’s Battlelog network unlike Activision’s Call of Duty Elite which includes a paid-for service.

The latter allows players to access the online service for free but also charges £34.99 per year for an upgraded version. This includes 20 pieces of DLC over nine months, competitions, exclusive in-game emblems and more.

In a statement sent to Industry Gamers, an EA spokesperson said: “We are providing Battlelog to Battlefield 3 players to deliver the best social, multiplayer FPS experience in the market. 

“We have no plans to charge for this service with Battlefield 3. The Battlefield series has always been about playing with friends, and Battlelog takes that experience to the next level by serving as a unique social network.”

But some reckon EA will eventually introduce a premium service to better compete with Activision.

Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter added: “We expect EA to emulate Activision and charge for Battlelog by including map packs with the service for a $50 fee."

Battlefield 3 hits shelves on October 28th while Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 arrives on November 8th.


Tags: ps3 , xbox 360 , pc , ea , call of duty , cod , battlefield 3 , Modern Warfare 3 , elite , shooter

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Elite offers everything Battlelog has for free. I just see the premium service a sort of "season pass" that we're seeing in a growing number of games such as Gears of War 3 for the DLC packs.

Kai Howard

Sep 7th 2011 at 12:24PM

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Pachter, put a sock in it son.

Joseph Brown

Joseph Brown INDUSTRY
Sep 7th 2011 at 12:29PM

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Pachter needs to "analyse" a bit better. DICE have said on numerous occasions that they will never charge for map packs.

Craig Westland

Craig Westland INDUSTRY
Sep 13th 2011 at 6:32PM

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