The first map pack for Battlefield 3 will be available for download next week on Tuesday, December 6, for the PlayStation 3. Xbox 360 and PC users will be able to march ‘Back To Karkand’ the following week.

After surviving billions of firefights in ‘Battlefield 2’, four classic maps will be resurrected with the frostbite 2 engine, and all of its glory. The maps will be Wake Island, Sharqi Peninsula, Gulf of Oman, and Strike at Karkand. To add a little extra action to the package, the developers vamped up the destruction system, allowing players to completely level entire sections of the maps.

New maps aren’t the only features that will be dropped on the DLC. New vehicles, weapons, trophies, and even an assignment system will be included in the release. The Battlefield 3 blog details the assignments and trophies as following:

We’re also introducing the Assignments system. For example, to complete the “Let it Rain” assignment players must score 20 kills with Light Machine Guns and two mortar kills. When you have met the requirements, you will unlock a new Back to Karkand weapon (with a matching set of dog tags) to use in Back to Karkand and the original Battlefield 3 maps, which will mix in server rotation. You will also unlock the next Assignment in the series, the new Creeping Death Assignment.


  • Complete Warrior (Silver): Get a kill with the following weapons in a single life: Rifle, Jet, Tank
  • Third Tour (Bronze): Get a kill with the new APC, Desert Buggy, and STOVL fighter jet
  • Gunslinger (Bronze): Get 10 kills with all B2K weapons
  • Like a Boss! (Silver): Get a kill with the skid loader
  • Jaws (Bronze): Take a swim in the pool at the Oman hotel

Until the release, we can just sit and admire the ‘Gulf Of Oman’ gameplay below:

(Image courtesy of the Battlefield 3 Blog.)

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