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Close Quarters BF3 Expansion Out this June; Two More Planned for 2012

It's official, as reported here, here, here, and at a gajillion other gaming news sites all over the internet last evening. Over the course of 2012, DICE will be releasing three more expansion packs for Battlefield 3. The first one is called Close Quarters, and is scheduled for June 2012.

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.

This fall will also bring the expansion pack Battlefield 3: Armored Kill. Featuring all-out vehicle warfare with new tanks, ATV’s, and mobile artillery, it also includes the biggest map in Battlefield history. Come winter, it is time for the fourth expansion pack Battlefield 3: End Game.

Yes, an abandoned apartment building (or something like it) in war-torn Iran now counts as a "theater of war".

Kidding aside, I think this smaller scale may be a good way of easing players into the full Battlefield experience. I just hope this won't devolve into another Operation Metro 24/7 fiasco, because BF3 can offer a lot more than six straight hours of grown men crawling on subway tiles -- measuring their progress in centimeters -- trying not to get shot in the face by stray bullets. And getting shot anyway. Really, guys. Shame on you.

I'm excited to see how this will all go down either way. I'm still holding out for that sprawling 64-player night time Manhattan map I've been wanting ever since BF3 was announced. DICE, make it happen.

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