In November 2011, we witnessed a fierce battle waged between two powerhouse game releases, Activision’s blockbuster Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Electronic Arts’ (EA) hotly anticipated Battlefield 3. Both games shared similarities and differences, so it was a matter of picking your poison and hopping online with your friends. One of the interesting introductions was Call of Duty Elite, an online service designed to enhance your multiplayer experience with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The base service was free but a premium, paid service was also available and an impressive 1.5 million gamers signed up. Sensing a missed opportunity, EA has come forth with their own version, Battlefield Premium.

How Battlefield Premium first came to light is an amusing little side-story. The European Playstation Network store issued an update that leaked key details of the service, including the launch date, price and what features would be included. This was very quickly redacted by Sony, but not fast enough to escape notice and the news spread fast across social media and internet forums. EA decided to take the direct approach and confirm the news in a post on the official Battlefield Twitter page. It specified that the service will officially be unveiled in EA’s pre-E3 press conference on Monday, June 4. The launch coincides with the release of the Battlefield 3: Close Quarters DLC pack.

The idea behind Call of Duty Elite is to give players the ability to remotely customize their multiplayer experience and connect with other players at similar levels and, as part of a social networking component, connect with others who share similar interests. Some of the features were gimmicky, but being able to remotely customize your weapons loadout and check your stats is a nice touch. The free service gives you a significant amount of content, some hit and some miss, and the premium service offers discounts and early access to DLC and enhanced clan support and stat tracking. Battlefield Premium functions in a similar capacity, with some notable changes that give this a unique twist.

The unofficial word is that Battlefield Premium, in contrast to the annual subscription one would pay for Call of Duty Elite, would be available at a one-time fee that the subscriber pays. Some of the reported perks of this service include five DLC expansions, priority server access, special in-game weapons, character stat tools and a host of other goodies too numerous to list here. Needless to say, if you plan on spending some serious quality time with Battlefield 3, this is a service you will want to consider spending the money on. The suggested price is $49.99 US (or 4,000 MSP), with regional price variances, however this has not yet been officially confirmed.

In addition to the confirmation of Battlefield Premium, a leaked “fact sheet” has been uncovered that outlines what the service has to offer. This is currently unofficial and should be taken as such, but it offers an interesting glimpse at what might be around the corner for those who wish to partake.

More details regarding the Battlefield Premium Service will be revealed on Monday, June 4. The above information represents what is available at this time and is subject to change. Whether it’s worth your money or not depends on how much you enjoy Battlefield 3 and how much time you plan to spend on the multiplayer. If you planned on purchasing all of the expansions, then the service should pay for itself (provided the rumored prices hold true) and the extra benefits, especially two week early access to DLC should make this a winning investment.

Battlefield 3 is currently available on Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC, and it is a fair assumption that the Battlefield Premium service will be available on all platforms. Stay tuned for more details.



  1. Your belief that Battlefield 3 game is equal to MW 3 for most gamers who own both games surely dismiss any pomotion that these ganes are any manner of equal. MW 3 and all previous versions offer more enjoyment and effort than any of the Battlefield games todate.
    PS 3 gamers know that XBOX & XBOX 360 controllers suck in comparison of equipment. Stick with PS 3 games and MW 3 to pass the time away.

    • I have to argree with you bf3 and mw3 aren’t equal because bf3 destroys mw3 in all aspects, i own both these games on PC I have a nice rig sandy bridge 2500k overclocked to 4.4ghz and a gtx 680 which is way more then u would ever need for mw3 and still it runs like shit. I like cod I can’t wait for black ops 2 zombies is off the hook but bf3 is way more advanced it looks better sounds better and plays better the visuals are incredible buildings crumbling around you all the debri floating around the exsposions sound its unbelievable. Mw3 runs like shit looks like shit plays like shit mw2 and black ops were way better mw3 was rushed and handled buy to many different jpeople if u ask me I think its just a downgraded mw2 and hha bad one at that. I think your grazy man don’t judge a game on hardware that’s 6 year’s old try getting a real system like a good gameing PC and play bf3 the way it was meant to be played mw3 was developed on old ass hardware bf3 was developed for a high powered gaming pc I’m telling you bf3 is one of the best games graphic wise and before anyone jumps down my throat I said one not the best one anyway mw3 could have been better if more people supported PC gaming instead idiots like u talking about how there 19 year old ps3 is better then there 20 year old Xbox they both suck get over it.

  2. Is it known if you buy premium you can get close quarters for free? or does premium only apply for the expantions after close quarters. it makes more sence to spend $50 just on premium than spending $15 for close quarters then the $50 for premium.