DICE have shared some new information about the first DLC pack (pre-order bonus) for Battlefield 3 - Back to Karkand. The official Battlefield blog reveals that the pack will contain remakes of four classic maps - Strike at Karkand, Wake Island, Gulf of Oman och Sharqi Peninsula - an interesting stat is that these maps have been played a total of 25,000 man years to date.
Lead designer Niklas Fegraeus added this:
"From a gameplay perspective, destruction is the biggest addition compared to the original map in Battlefield 2 back in 2005. I remember this particular building by the square in the original where players could defend very effectively. Now, with the destructive power of Frostbite 2, someone can just RPG that building and expose the defenders within. At the same time, we need to be careful not to add destruction that breaks the tried and tested game flow of the map."
The blog also gave the original designer on Strike at Karkand, these days co-op lead designer David Spinnier an opportunity to speak out on the remake of his classic map:
"I'm super happy and proud that it became such a classic. I'm excited to see it remade with a whole new level of graphics and destruction and have given the developers of the expansion pack a few pointers on the map."
Battlefield 3 is expected on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in November.