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Battlefield 3 'Back to Karkand' patched on PS3 today

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As we reported yesterday, DICE will release a Battlefield 3 patch today aimed at fixing a weapon animation bug that some are experiencing on the PS3.

This download is free if you have already bought Back to Karkand and will already be included for those who are purchasing the add-on for the first time today.

DICE noted that "changes made on our back end will make this re-download mandatory in the near future."

These changes could have something to do with the recently announced Battlefield 3 add-on packs.  At GDC, DICE revealed three new add-ons titled Close Quarters, Armored Kill, and End Game.

"Battlefield 3: Close Quarters is a themed expansion pack bringing the team play of Battlefield 3 to tight indoor environments.  The frantic close quarters infantry combat is amplified by unprecedented high definition destruction, new ways to play, more weapons and added persistence," the description for the DLC reads on the official website.

The HD Destruction in Close Quarters lets players riddle the environment with bullets, reducing entire locales to ruin. Everything from furniture to plaster can be shot to pieces, and players can see the result of the mayhem as rubble and broken pieces pile up on the floor.

The tight level design and many opportunities for vertical gameplay mean players will need to bring their A game if they want to stay alive in this highly competitive theater of war.

Close Quarters is expected to arrive in June, but will be released one week early on the PS3.  It includes 10 new weapons and four new maps all themed around close quarter combat.

Following the first add-on, will be Armored Kill - DLC featuring all-out vehicle warfare with new tanks, ATV's, and mobile artillery.  This will contain the largest map ever seen in a Battlefield game with one new drivable vehicle.  This has no release yet.

The last DLC will be End Game and will arrive during winter.  No other details were made available.

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