June 4, 2012 at 5:30 PM ET
Electronic Arts on Monday took the wraps off its much-rumored Battlefield 3 Premium — a service that will offer special perks and items to the game's more than 15 million players.
Premium will cost a one-time fee of $50 and will deliver five "Battlefield 3" expansion packs to players — and deliver them two weeks early. Premium subscribers will also get special weapons and vehicles, and additional customization options in the popular military shooting game.
EA Chief Operating Officer Peter Moore and DICE's Patrick Bach made the annoucement Monday during EA's press conference in advance of the Electronic Entertainment Expo.
The expansion packs are as follows: Back to Karkand, Close Quarters, Armored Kill, End Game and Aftermath.
Premium members will also be able to reset their multiplayer soldiers' stats (yes, you can get rid of that pesky n00b reputation), and will receive queue priority as well as have access to special events and strategy videos.
Battlefield 3 Premium is EA's (less expensive and less expansive) answer to Activision's Call of Duty Elite service.
During the press conference, Moore also happened to toss out an interesting stat about "Battlefield 3." He pointed out that the game's 15 million players have fired a whopping 1.6 trillion bullets. That's a whole lotta boom.
You can check out the official Battlefield 3 Premium website here. And here's a look at the official Premium trailer:
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