Battlefield 1943 out next week

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The next instalment in DICE's popular multiplayer war series Battlefield 1943 will be released on Xbox 360 and PS3 next week, publisher EA has confirmed.

Xbox 360 owners will get a one-day head start of their PlayStation rivals when the game arrives on Xbox Live on July 8th, priced at 1200 Microsoft Points (around 10). The PS3 version will hit PSN a day later for 9.99.

Battlefield 1943 is going to change consumer expectations of what a downloadable game can be,” the game's producer Gordon Van Dyke.

By offering Frostbite's next generation destruction technology with a full Vehicle Warfare FPS multiplayer experience at a mere 560MB, Battlefield 1943 sets a new standard.

Our goal is to blow people away with a fully accessible, retail-caliber game for veteran Battlefield fans and shooter fans alike to enjoy for only 9.99.”

Last week saw the release of the series' first browser-based free-to-play instalment, Battlefield Heroes.