DICE Details New Maps for Battlefield 3's End Game DLC
We've gotten a nice little peek at the new modes End Game is bringing Battlefield 3's multiplayer, but now, developer DICE has finally offered up details on the Battlefield Blog for the DLC's four new maps.
In terms of size, DICE promises players will be making full use of all the space the maps provide. To give players a rough idea of what they can expect, the maps "are comparable to Caspian Border and Operation Firestorm from the base game, while the flag layout resembles that in our previous expansion pack Armored Kill." DICE also promises that the maps are wide open, with plenty of jumps to offer for the DLC's dirt bike.
Here are all the new details for the new maps:
"This fall themed map houses an electric power substation at its center, with a small river flowing along its axis. The layout of the bases in Operation Riverside caters somewhat towards infantry action rather than all-out vehicle warfare. It's generally speaking an infantry-friendly landscape where soldiers can go by foot between the bases, while ground vehicles need to take more roundabout roads to traverse the environment.
Across the river giving this map its name, players can find a spectacular jump in the form of a partly destroyed wooden bridge. A lot of other ramps have been carefully placed in the environment on Operation Riverside to make sure that the map is full of exciting options for riders of the new dirt bike."
"In this arid desert dotted with gigantic wind generators lies a seemingly non-distinguishing warehouse. But behind its unassuming exterior hides a secret weapons and munitions depot, leading to a clash in the area. The relative openness of the desert setting allows for full freedom of movement for the entire range of vehicles at disposal in Battlefield 3 multiplayer. The low amount of natural cover available also demands quick transportation between capture points, as players are otherwise open to attack."
"This picturesque summer logging industry setting sees a strategic railway stretch across the map - with covert weapons deliveries being its main purpose. The many height changes in this undulating landscape can be used to your advantage - There's plenty of opportunity to hide from the enemy and use cover as you approach your targets.
While this map also has ample opportunity for dirt bike riders to catch big air, the jumps on Kiasar Railroad are typically more carefully molded into the landscape itself, or not as obvious."
"Ever since we demoed the Alborz Mountain map at GamesCom 2012 and saw the amazing fan reactions, we've known that snow is one of the most stunning settings we can provide in Battlefield 3. Sabalan Pipeline is no different. The oil pipeline traversing this frosty winter landscape has immense economic value and is a highly contested battlefield.
Similar to Operation Riverside, Sabalan Pipeline was built to cater for a mix of vehicle and infantry gameplay. Compared to the other three maps in End Game, Sabalan Pipeline has fewer and narrower roads that are important to control if you want to dominate the opposition. At the center of this map lies a central base that is also an essential asset, as it allows you extended control over the road leading to and from your main bases. This is equally important whether playing the signature Battlefield Conquest mode or our take on Capture the Flag that we are introducing in End Game."
DICE has yet to give an official release date for the DLC, but it's expected some time in March, available for all platforms. Whatever the release date is, Premium members will be able to get their hands on the DLC two weeks prior.