Rolling Thunder: Introducing the new Tank Superiority game mode

The expansion pack Battlefield 3: Armored Kill is rumbling ever closer to its September release, and it is bringing the heavy-hitting new game mode Tank Superiority. Read on for the full story.

Battlefield 3: Armored Kill is all about vehicle warfare. Introducing the new vehicle class Tank Destroyer, this third expansion pack will also feature an all new game mode where tanks reign supreme.

While our previous expansion pack Close Quarters focused on infantry combat and game modes like Gun Master and Conquest Domination, Armored Kill brings back all five regular game modes from the base game — and adds Tank Superiority on top of that to create yet another flavor of the ever evolving Battlefield 3.

Where tanks reign supreme
Tank Superiority is a highly tailored game mode for Armored Kill where platoons featuring Main Battle Tanks and Tank Destroyers fight for control over a single flag – often placed in extremely open and hard-defended terrain. The new game mode resembles a “King of the Hill” struggle and is available on all four maps in Armored Kill, each map featuring a mix of up to 16 tanks.

Rolling into action on the new Armored Shield map in the expansion pack Armored Kill. Click for full size.

As there is only one flag with a tight capture radius per map, heavy tank battles tend to flow back and forth as teams seek to bleed tickets from their opponent. For tank drivers, success usually comes by staying together in packs of 2-3 tanks working together. Going solo to the capture point typically means you get overwhelmed by a large group of enemy tanks.

To make sure there is plenty of opportunity for epic tank battles, respawn times for the vehicles are almost instantaneous. If you spawn at your home base and don’t see a tank, there is usually no reason to start legging it towards the front. A few seconds later, a new tank will appear for you and your team mates.

Main Battle Tanks and Tank Destroyers working together to defend the single capture point in the new Tank Superiority game mode. Click for full size.

Say hello to your new friend
The new Tank Destroyer brings a new type of vehicle into the mix. Think of it as a more lightly armored tank (similar to Infantry Fighting Vehicles in armor) but faster and with the same firepower as a main battle tank. Keep moving and the Tank Destroyer is hard to hit but packs the same punch as the regular tanks on the battlefield.

Besides experienced tank drivers, Armored Kill also calls for Engineers to repair your team’s vehicles, as well as Recons who can assist by laser painting enemy tanks with their SOFLAMs. This makes it easier for the Engineers to lock onto targets using their Javelins. Gameplay in Tank Superiority is extremely heavy on tanks, and there tends to be a lot of lock-ons from guided weapons that the enemy controls, whether that’s from Engineers or directly from the tanks themselves.

There are six available game modes in Armored Kill. All five from the base game plus the new Tank Superiority.

New ways to play
As Tank Superiority is a completely new game mode, it often calls for new ways to play. Lead Designer Gustav Halling created the game mode and knows better than anyone how it plays:

“With Tank Superiority I wanted to push tank-based gameplay to the extreme. This means there are a lot of new ideas to adapt to in this game mode. Tanks are the stars of the game mode, of course, but we also allow for some crucial infantry gameplay as well.

Usually, infantry will be Engineers or Recon, to either repair or destroy the vehicles with Repair Tools, Javelins, and SOFLAMs. Some of the maps are extremely open, like Bandar Desert. You would hardly ever approach the flag on those maps as infantry if you don’t have a death wish. On one or two maps, the capture point is somewhat obscured by terrain and allows for a higher degree of infantry combat.


“With Tank Superiority I wanted to

push tank-based gameplay to the extreme”


As a general rule, great tank commanders will make sure to travel in “wolf packs”, as lone tanks are easily picked off by well-positioned enemy tank squads. It’s important to use the new Tank Destroyer class to its advantage by constantly being on the move to become a harder target to hit. The number of lock-ons that you get from enemy guided weapons in Tank Superiority also means you probably want to equip your tank with IR smoke.

Once you have captured the control point on a map, it is normally a good idea to get the hell out of there, as you will be a sitting duck if you cluster up at the flag while the enemy outmaneuver you from higher terrain or from another advantageous position. Capture, then move back to defend is generally the way to play Tank Superiority and survive.

If you remember the game mode Air Superiority from Battlefield 1943, I wanted to create something similar for Armored Kill. A game mode that takes the theme of the expansion pack and makes it even stronger. I hope you will love it as much as we do here at DICE.”

Battlefield 3: Armored Kill is released in September and is included in Battlefield 3: Premium. Stay tuned as media coverage from Armored Kill preview events start to hit online.

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  • KONFLIKT 09.05.12 at 20:17

    Type : -[DICE]- into the the search & you will find hundreds of DICE/EA servers. Although they are not as populated as the rented servers, I think due to the fact that DICE/EA buried them inside the server browser. I think they need to do a better job to let players know that the regular servers still do exist. I had friends trade in the game and stop playing due to the fact that they thought only rented servers were accessible. DICE/EA is losing players and money due to this, I only came across it by a blind try in the dark entering the DICE prefix into the SEARCH on the browser. They just need a bar on the server that only lists their servers, so those looking for vanilla ranked games can use the DICE/EA servers & not worry about ADMINs booting them for unfair reasons.

  • VandrStyle 09.04.12 at 15:53

    Well to just insult the creators of this awesome game is not all that well said in my opinion. Imagine all the baserapin’, team killin’, punk playin’ if there wasn’t an admin on every server. You can see it on the (DICE) ones. I agree there are many kids that abuse the power of being an admin for their own advantage and that can be quite annoying at times. But then, once you found your favorite server with admins that play fair, this game just rocks beyond imagination. So it’s not all that bad as you put it here. Like a sir

  • KiloStrike11 08.12.12 at 00:36

    DICE – ADMINs SUCK……DICE – ADMINs FUCK THE WHOLE GAME UP. Summing it all Up: If your a good player and the admin sucks or isn’t getting his/her way, then you’ll be kicked 99% of the time (exaggeration = maybe). What the hell were you guys thinking when thought it would be wise to allow some fucking idiot have total control over a “RANKED MATCHED GAME”. Dice you need to be in control of “RANKED MATCHED GAMES” not some fuckin idiot who sucks at the game. I guarantee that a majority will agree with this post. So fix it!!! PLEASE!!!

    • Gangsta_War96 08.12.12 at 14:24

      You just need to enter a DICE/EA official server

    • MMFWCL Phoenix 08.13.12 at 20:24

      Look around the Server Browser, there’s plenty of EA- and DICE-hosted servers to be found if you’re having a problem with that. That said, there’s also quite a few servers that list their rules only to have people blatantly disregard them and then whine when they get kicked for it. While running my server I always enforced the rules with an iron fist, regardless of whether I’m winning or losing. It’s a game. Losing is part of it. Some people are sore losers. Learn to find the ones who are not, because trust me: there are plenty of people on BF3 who will hit you with a compliment or a friend request instead of the banhammer when you’re doing good.

      • BonzerCaesar76 08.14.12 at 18:24

        True. when someone is doing great, i sometimes try to befriend them.

      • ChillBroSwaggins 08.16.12 at 20:02

        Well said.

    • Wrathgar 09.11.12 at 07:46

      Rule #0: Do not piss off the admin.

  • KiloStrike11 08.12.12 at 00:35

    DICE ADMINs SUCK……DICE – ADMINs FUCK THE WHOLE GAME UP. Summing it all Up: If your a good player and the admin sucks or isn’t getting his/her way, then you’ll be kicked 99% of the time (exaggeration = maybe). What the hell were you guys thinking when thought it would be wise to allow some fucking idiot have total control over a “RANKED MATCHED GAME”. Dice you need to be in control of “RANKED MATCHED GAMES” not some fuckin idiot who sucks at the game. I guarantee that a majority will agree with this post. So fix it!!! PLEASE!!!

    • myfatbanana 08.16.12 at 23:36

      thats why you need to get your own server or a friend who has one dude

  • Gangsta_War96 08.11.12 at 13:34

    How about adding a radar guided missile for jets in armored kill?

  • xAOFxBradxUkx 08.11.12 at 11:55

    DICE, You have to bring back Air Superiority, Whether it be in a patch or in End Game. PLEASE bring it back!!!

  • hector2670 08.10.12 at 21:53


    • MMFWCL Phoenix 08.13.12 at 20:27

      once i get my BF3 back i will, i recently sold my Xbox to move to the PSN, i just have yet to get BF3 back. I made Colonel Star 77 on Xbox before i sold it and disbanded my squad, so hit me up if you want to invest in a future team player. Phoenix_MMFWCL on the PS3 network.

  • Vola00 08.09.12 at 21:31

    Very intresting, can’t wait for it :D

  • NOOB PAWNER99 08.09.12 at 18:27

    Looks sweet! I would think that the Support class would also play a large roll in this, with C4 traps, covering large open areas from a fixed position on a bi-pod , and defending flags.

  • Transporter1974 08.09.12 at 01:15

    Cant wait to play it!!

  • TrevorMcNeill 08.09.12 at 00:19

    you have got to be kidding me why could they not use air superiority

  • irishbarFighter 08.08.12 at 22:48

    I love freakin tanks, great job dice!

  • Assassin0fLove 08.08.12 at 22:17

    Why do people think anyone gives a shit about their stupid opinions? If you dont like it, fuck off, theres always COD

  • JMB_THE_DEFILED 08.08.12 at 20:36

    I wish they would eliminate the increase in ticket count or make those servers unranked

  • YeahBuddyTx 08.08.12 at 14:40

    im going to speak for the developers as if i do know them because im pretty sure im feeling the same way as them about these comments.. all faggots who are finding something to complain about trade in bf3 and pre order black ops 2, this armored kill dlc will make this game even more war like i have a 52′ hdtv surround sound this game hasn’t upset me, i started playing BF on 1943 this game will be the top war game in my eyes for you stupid retards stop sucking on your mom’s tits and get ready for war either way if the dlc’s disappointing i will be still playing BF3 this is the most realistic game on the market be thankful for what you have, fuckin sissy’s

  • powerfulattacker 08.08.12 at 11:59

    It would be cool if you had to hold the point for a certain amount of time or amount of tickets and then the enemy got pushed back to a new flag further into their base, kinda like that homefront mode. And then a team wins by pushing the other team all the way back or something. Would be more interesting than just the same flag everytime. :/

    Still looking forward to lots of tanks!!! :D

  • XxSnowman_185xX 08.08.12 at 11:47

    i love you people that whine, it makes me feel so much more humble, thanks NOOBS!

  • Dragoons47 08.08.12 at 00:03

    You have not even played yet! Go play Atari 2600 for a while and then come back and enjoy the game. Enough of the whining about the little things. DICE makes great games, period.

  • gameboy0895 08.07.12 at 19:01

    I think this game mode is going to flop. Seriously 1 flag? It’s going to be chaotic. I’d rather have a game mode resembling ‘World Of Tanks’ where the opposing sides have to get to the other enemy base and capture it (or) eliminate the entire enemy team. I think this is a lot more fun than what you guys have right now. Only one part of the map is going to get used…. there is no room for tactical gameplay here.

    • General534 08.08.12 at 18:35

      Is this the only BF game you have played, BF3? Isn’t chaotic what DICE specializes in? I would not like it like WoT, at all. Have you ever heard of Air Superiority in BF1943? That involved tactics and it was lots of fun. I hate all the people who whine just because they have an EA account.

    • Assassin0fLove 08.08.12 at 22:15

      no one cares what you think.

  • CG_recon 08.07.12 at 12:31

    What kind of teamwork can be in this madness? Gameplay is “grab the tank and brake your “shift” key to get killed faster”.

    teamwork? – no voip.
    tactical team work? – around 1 single flag?
    it will be just some crash\boom\noisy frames on your screens, nothing more. :\

    Dice, how could you………… ah………..

    • {SA}StayAlive 08.07.12 at 17:40

      I totally agree. It’s a shame this game turned into a joke, players run like chickens with their head cut off on servers. Looking for ARMA 3 for team, tactical gameplay.

    • General534 08.08.12 at 18:36

      People like you anger me.

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