The one-year anniversary for EA first-person shooting behemoth – Battlefield 3 is swiftly approaching. Just prior to that inital launch last Oct., developer DICE promised they were committed to delivering a continual stream of new content and DLC that would extend the life of the game for years to comes. While the first DLC Back to Karkand took longer than promised, it seems DICE is  back on track with yet another bullet-riddled DLC package.

I give you, Aftermath! This is the fourth DLC delivery following Back to Karkand, Close Quarters and Armored Kill. Aftermath is set in and around “4 Urban Maps” structurally reticulated by a massive earthquake. Yes! This is the same earthquake featured in the Tehran portion of the game’s single player campaign.

The ground has been literally tilled by Mother Nature herself. EA says we should expect “horizontal and vertical combat”. A cracked earth will purportedly yield new avenues of engagement “…providing unexpected cover and paths to objectives.” Aftermath will also bring 3 new vehicles (at least one is said to be a civilian thing with a bit of Madmax-meets-A-Team flare), new weapons (Crossbow, anyone?), new assignments, dog tags and more.

But the boldest and most promising feature is the new “Scavenger Conquest” mode.  Though I’ve bumped my gums enough… I’ll let EA/DICE take it from here.

New Scavenger game mode, an objective based Conquest mode where lost soldiers armed only with a pistol must search the environment to find more powerful weapons and increasing their chance for survival

Sounds promising  and DICE can deliver too. Each DLC thus far has lit a roaring bonfire in my BF3 gaming, delivering on the promise of adding new life to the game. Aftermath looks to do the same, come holiday season.

SIGH! Now for that hideously convoluted release schedule. It goes like this: PS3 users who own BF3 Premium get early deployment on November 27. PS3 non-Premium players roll out on December, 11. PC and Xbox 360 users who own BF3 Premium, will see the “Aftermath” on December, 4th with the following 18th being the final delivery to the remaining BF3 community.

So lets hear it for keeping promises. We’re about one year in and there is still more content to come, one of which is rumored to introduce the first operable motorcycle in BF history. Can’t wait for that! Until then, bring on the earthquake–and that’s coming from a Cali-man! (*knocks on wood)


 



Shawn Sanders

 
Shawn loves gadgets, literature, history and games. For 10yrs+ he's straddled both the comic book & video game industries, as a writer, editor, marketing officer & producer. Shawn got his start in tech & games as an editor & Hardware Director for GameRevolution.com. More notable accomplishments include Executive Producer on mobile games Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved & The Shroud.