Not unlike Microsoft and Activision's agreement to give Xbox early access to Call of Duty
DLC, Sony and EA have arranged for Battlefield 3
expansions to arrive with an exclusive lead on PlayStation 3. However, Battlefield 3
's expansions will stay exclusive to the PS3 for a shorter period: one week per expansion.
The deal kicks off with "Back to Karkand," which launches "later this year" and brings with it four Battlefield 2 maps (including Wake Island) rebuilt in the Frostbite 2.0 engine. The expansion comes free with first-run copies
of Battlefield 3
for all platforms, though it now seems it won't be available for download immediately.
The Battlefield 3
beta opens on PC (check the system requirements
), PS3 and Xbox 360 on September 29.