DICE’s Tommy Ridling took to the PlayStation Blog early this morning to announce an interesting bit of news to PlayStation 3 fans: all Battlefield 3 DLC will be timed exclusives for the PlayStation 3.
Unlike Activision and Microsoft’s month-long timed exclusivity deal, DICE’s deal with Sony only offers Battlefield 3 users on the PlayStation 3 a one-week head start. After that one week is over, the DLC will be made available on all platforms.
In case you were wondering, this does include Battlefield 3‘s first confirmed DLC pack, ‘Back to Karkand‘ which, as you may recall, is made available for free to those who pre-order the game at their retailer of choice.
The ‘Back to Karkand’ map pack offers recreations of classic Battlefield maps, including Wake Island, Sharqi Peninsula, Gulf of Oman and, of course, Strike at Karkand. The DLC will be made available at some point after Battlefield 3 launches in October.
Ridling took the opportunity to remind everyone that the Battlefield 3 beta will be kicking off on September 27 for those who pre-ordered Battlefield 3 on Origin, or for those who picked up the Medal of Honor Tier 1 Edition. The beta will be made available for everyone across all platforms two days later on September 29.
Battlefield 3 arrives on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this coming October 25 in North America, and three days later in Europe.