DICE has released a new trailer for the last DLC for Battlefield 3, titled End Game. The trailer doesn't reveal much, but it does reveal a major new feature that will be making its way into the game—bikes.
End Game will be the first time that Battlefield 3 will have bikes. This comes with other things you'd expect, like having the person riding behind the main bike rider shooting people. With this, players are bound to end up with high-speed chases across maps on bikes and other vehicles. One can also imagine special servers created only to have bike races with guns. The DLC will be released in March 2013 and subscribers of Battlefield 3: Premium won’t have to pay for it.
The previous DLC, Aftermath, was released back in November. The release of the DLC was commemorated with a launch trailer for Aftermath. The trailer shows nothing new, except for some interesting possibilities in the new maps. One of these possibilities is the ability to fly through half-destroyed buildings if the pilot is good enough. Some gameplay with the new crossbow is also shown. The DLC is now available to Battlefield 3: Premium subscribers on the PlayStation 3. It will be released in December for PC and Xbox 360 players.
Information about the Aftermath DLC was revealed through an interview of DICE's Niklas Fegraeus. The new maps that will be in the DLC are Markaz Monolith, Epicentre, Talah Market and Azadi Palace.
Time for the end game
Markaz Monolith was a financial district before the earthquake that caused the titular aftermath happen. The map is set to have a tower in the middle, where the insides have collapsed. Epicentre is another part of the city, which was a big traffic centre. The area has seen heavy destruction because it was very close to the epicentre of the earthquake. The Talah Market is on the outskirts of the city and has a lot of old architecture. The map has an old village setting that gives contrast to some modern buildings. The Azadi Palace is a large urban landscape and has a parliament building. This gives two different battles going on – one inside the building and one outside.
Earlier in November, DICE had released a trailer that showcased the new weapon that will be in the Aftermath DLC – the crossbow. The crossbow is described by DICE as a weapon made with salvaged parts – the weapon of a survivor. The weapon is shown to be incredibly versatile, with uses ranging from regular killing to taking out vehicles like helicopters with well-aimed shots and explosive bolts. Most of the versatility of the weapon comes from the fact that it can have any scope attached to it, as well as the different kinds of bolts you get to use for it.