As everyone indulges in the pint-sized expansion pack that is Close Quarters, attention also pushes towards the third expansion pack for Battlefield 3, ‘Armored Kill‘, that hits digital shelves in September. We got a glimpse of the DLC at this year’s E3 Expo and it promises to be the biggest expansion in Battlefield history, with new vehicles, new weapons and a new game mode. To help us get a more familiar with the upcoming pack, DICE gameplay designer Niklas Fegraeus told GameSpot all we need to know about Armored Kill and the addition of Motorbikes in other upcoming expansion pack ‘End Game’.
Armored Kill will give gamers big sprawling maps with more of an emphasis on vehicular warfare and with that comes new vehicles for us to play with, which include new tank destroyers, mobile artillery and the Goliath of the sky known as the AC-130. Niklas Fegraeus touched on the tank destroyers first, saying they will “carry a lot of firepower, while sacrificing armor for speed”. This will make getting from one end of a map to another a lot less frustrating, with Fegraeus saying it will give “your team great mobility and area control.”
Another addition to the vehicle roster will be mobile artillery, which he explains, “the mobile artillery, on the other hand, are slow and poorly protected but, properly placed, can suppress entire bases with heavy shelling. There’s nothing better than a skilled artillery gunner to have on your side, softening up a base before moving in for the capture.” I can see sitting back and shelling enemy noobs as a welcome addition to the game, let’s just hope it’s not too overpowered.
One of the major announcements for Armored Kill was the addition of the AC-130, the angel of death will bring a whole new experience to the battlefield, but only for those who capture the base it resides in, Fegraeus explains, “If your team wins control over a specific base, it starts circling the battlefield. When doing this, your team can use it as a parachute spawn and also man the weapon positions.” The AC-130 wont be short on fire-power, with high-caliber shells, heavy auto cannons and anti-aircraft machine guns keeping your bird in the sky, beware though, you will no doubt become the center of the enemy’s attention.
Continuing with the addition of new game modes, first being Gun Master in the Close Quarters expansion pack, Armored Kill will include the Tank Superiority Mode. “Tank Superiority is a vehicle focused mode where large numbers of heavy vehicles clash in order to control key areas,” said Fegraeus. “It covers vast areas, so tactical positioning and precise long-range firing are two very important skills players need to deploy in order to win.” With Gun Master being received well by gamers, many are looking forward to more variety in-game and this new mode will bring it.
The maps will be large to accommodate the large amount of vehicles, which will include the biggest map in Battlefield history, ‘Bandar Desert’, which will offer large-scale combat with sections for close quarter engagements, a map Fegreaus finds similar to Battlefield 1942′s El Alamein. Fegraeus explains, “on Bandar Desert, there is a whole town being constructed near the shore, and there’s always intense building to building combat taking place there. However, surrounding this built up area are vast deserts populated by artillery bases and supply lines that are key to controlling if you want to stop the enemy from getting the upper hand.”
GameSpot asked Fegraeus about Motor-Bikes making their way into Battlefield 3′s fifth expansion pack “End Game”, a first for the series.”These will of course be nimble and fast transport vehicles, but might offer something else as well,” said Fegraeus. When asked if stunts can be performed, Fegraues mentioned, “I don’t think I’ve seen a tank do a wheelie before jumping off a bridge!”
When asked why Armored Kill will be released in September, nearly a year after the game hit stores, Fegraeus replied, “we are truly humbled by our fans’ response to Battlefield 3, it’s been amazing! So when we started thinking about how to provide players with DLC post launch, we wanted it to be something really special that fans would truly appreciate. That’s when we thought of doing “more than just maps” and instead give players a chance to enjoy something suited for their favorite Battlefield experience. And that’s how we committed to the themed expansions we have presented now. We are putting a tremendous amount of work into these, and we just hope that players will enjoy all that these expansion packs have to offer.”
So September will be on the minds of many Battlefield 3 gamers, waiting to indulge in what Armored Kill has to offer. What vehicles are you looking forward to the most in Armored Kill? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.