In a blog post today, DICE has detailed one of the pre-order bonuses for their upcoming Battlefield 3. Gamers who jump in early will gain access to the 'Back to Karkand" map pack free of charge.
The "Back to Karkand" map pack will contain four of the most played and loved maps in the history of the IP: Strike at Karkand, Wake Island, Gulf of Oman, and Sharqi Peninsula. In a fun fact, Lead Designer Niklas Fegraeus commented that these four maps alone have been played for 25,000 man years.
Fegraeus further elaborated on the decision to remake the maps for Battlefield 3:
It’s pretty simple, really. These are evidently some of the very best maps we have ever built. We have unquestionable data and feedback from the community saying so. You would be crazy turning down the chance to boost your game with these classic multiplayer maps.Battlefield 3 is still set for release this Fall.