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DICE Discusses Back to Karkand Pre-Order DLC

Developer DICE revealed some insight into why they're bringing back old Battlefield maps as DLC for gamers who pre-order the upcoming Battlefield 3. It seems there are multiple reasons for this move. While the primary justification is to let fans play through some of the series' best maps, the company also wants to recreate their most popular stages using modern tech for some much-deserved self-fulfillment.

According to lead designer Niklas Fegreaus, the decision to add the Strike at Karkand, Wake Island, Gulf of Oman, and Sharqi Peninsula maps as a free pre-order incentive was a no-brainer. According to Fergeaus, those four maps have been played collectively for a total of "25,000 man years." That's insane, but a testament to gamers' love of those maps. Fergeaus stated that older fans of the series would be happy to see these maps modernized, while newer fans would get the opportunity to try some of the best Battlefield maps ever created for the first time.

The Karkand DLC designer said that having the latest tools to work with has made revamping the four classic maps a real joy. Gamers can expect all four maps to retain their original design style, but the environments will have more destructibility. "I remember this particular building by the square in the original where players could defend very effectively," said Fergeaus. "Now, with the destructive power of Frostbite 2, someone can just RPG that building and expose the defenders within. At the same time, we need to be careful not to add destruction that breaks the tried and tested game flow of the map."

It's pretty cool that DICE wants to give new and old fans a chance to play through some of the Battlefield series' most revered maps. And because Back to Karkand is being promoted as free DLC for gamers who pre-order the game, it's an enticing deal, and one that's sure to convince all types of gamers to put down a pre-order deposit. For more on DICE's look at Back to Karkand, check out the full Q&A on the game's official site.

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