Battlefield 3: Aftermath – Rise from the Ashes

In our fourth multiplayer expansion pack Battlefield 3: Aftermath, we throw players into an all-new harrowing environment: The shattered districts, streets and cities of post-earthquake Iran. Players will struggle for supremacy and survival amongst the devastation, with heavily modified vehicles and the all-new crossbow at their disposal.

A whole new world
Following the earthquake event depicted in the single player campaign in Battlefield 3, operational capacity in the Iran region is severely compromised. From the ashes rise survivors who are beat up but not beaten. The whole style and tone in the entire themed expansion pack is one of being down but not out, and you can even see it in the multiplayer character design: These soldiers have bandages, cuts, and bruises and their clothes are torn.

Fighting amongst the devastation in this urban combat setting will test players in new ways, with plenty of opportunity for vertical gameplay and damaged buildings that create slanting ground and streets that have cracked open and have heaps of rubble in them. The earthquake has also damaged vehicles and weapons for both fighting forces, giving inspiration to a number of unique features in the expansion pack changing how the game looks, feels, and plays. In this blog post we will cover the new Scavenger game mode, the heavily modified vehicles, and the all-new crossbow introduced in Aftermath.

The versatile crossbow lets you deliver deadly force to the enemy in silence. Click for full size.

Fight for survival in the new Scavenger mode
Inspired by the earthquake theme and setting, the new Scavenger mode is a frantic hunt for survival. A new concept to Battlefield, lost soldiers start equipped with only a knife, one grenade, and sidearm and must search the environment for more powerful weapons to increase their chance at surviving and eventually winning.

In Scavenger mode, weapons spawn in predetermined locations all over the map, so it pays to learn the map to stand a fighting chance. The particular weapons spawning at these points however have an element of randomness to them, so in order to survive a Scavenger round you will have to explore as much of the map as possible. Sticking together as a team means you might be able to keep enemies from claiming these few and valuable weapons that can turn the tide of a round.

This is not your ordinary Battlefield map. Can you find the hardware you need to survive in Scavenger mode in this post-earthquake setting? Click for full size.

In all other respects, Scavenger behaves like a Conquest game. That is, the two teams battle for control over a number of bases and need to bleed their opponent down to zero tickets. The addition of the desperate weapon situation at the start of the mode is further underlined by the scarcity of ammunition – most weapons that you find in the destroyed environment have only one mag available. In the aftermath of the earthquake, every shot counts. Apart from this new Battlefield experience, the expansion pack also supports all game modes from the base game plus the highly popular Gun Master mode originally introduced in Battlefield 3: Close Quarters.

The new crossbow lets you deliver death in silence
Taking inspiration from real life disaster areas, the team at DICE looked at what military forces usually do in desperate situations like this. In Aftermath, the earthquake has devastated a lot of the available vehicles and weapons. This has forced both sides to use their engineering ingenuity to take what they can find in the rubble and build new weapons and vehicles to increase their odds at survival.

Markaz Market has seen better days. Click for full size.

Perhaps the most surprising and striking weapon addition in the history of Battlefield, Aftermath introduces the makeshift crossbow. Inspired by real life military engineering ingenuity, this crossbow is created by taking the stock of a malfunctioning assault rifle and assembling with the other parts needed, like a piece of wire for the string (maybe found inside a broken down car), some scrap metal for the bow mechanic  and a scope. Just add duct tape, and you have a new and silent way to deliver deadly force to the enemy. We will return with an in-depth look at the versatile crossbow and its many uses soon here on the blog, so stay tuned.

Modified vehicles showcase ingenuity and firepower
In the aftermath of the earthquake, a lot of the available vehicles are smashed up beyond recognition. To keep them in fighting shape, the crafty soldiers have modified them heavily to create new weapon platforms with what they have at hand. This means adding armor, patching up gaping holes, adding weapons platforms, and even retrofitting a civilian vehicle to create something that fills the role of troop transport.

The “Phoenix” (US) and the “Barsuk” (for the Russian team, meaning “badger”) is a light transport where a grenade machine launcher has been fitted at the back in conjunction with the already existing machine gun on top, making it a ride that will carry troops quickly from A to B while also being able to dish out explosive damage to enemy vehicles and structures and fend off approaching infantry.

Finally, there’s the “Rhino” – originally a completely civilian vehicle, but in Aftermath, you have to make do with what you can get your bandaged hands on. This formerly civilian van has been retrofitted with armor and a remote controlled machine gun controlled by the driver to turn it into a medium heavy troop transport.

In addition to these three new vehicles in Aftermath, depending on the game mode you’ll also see a lot of returning vehicles from the base game, including helicopters and tanks.

We hope you enjoyed this very first detailed overview of Aftermath and some of its key features. Stay tuned in the weeks to come for a deeper dive into our latest themed expansion pack, and let us know in the poll below what you are looking forward to the most.

Battlefield 3: Aftermath is included in Battlefield 3: Premium. Release is starting November 27th for PlayStation 3 Premium members. You can also buy it individually at $14.99 USD for PlayStation 3 and PC or 1200 MS points.

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  • Rekr_Buchberger 12.04.12 at 00:42

    Hi, EA, could u pls don’t write that release is on the 4.12. because now its that date, and not the whole world can play it, maybe next time u write, thats only america has that release date

    • RigoMarquox 12.04.12 at 04:56

      We don’t have it in America either, so chill out.

  • TheHandgunSniper 11.29.12 at 21:53

    Looks awsome, too bad all of us PC players have to wait another week for some god-awful reason.
    Oh and one more thing, if you guys at DICE/EA let people download the content a week in advance, then none of us would have this horrible bottleneck effect with 20 million people trying to download it the same day!

  • BF5batman 11.26.12 at 23:56
  • tiganeuropean 11.25.12 at 13:30

    dinos would be awsome.and give us back the elevator mav dammit!!!! or a grappling hook

    • thomasf86420 12.02.12 at 04:44

      NO! You little cheaters abused the MAV. Im glad that shit is gone. Anything for you sucktard players to get an edge. PLAY THE GAME RIGHT!

  • USMCG_Rapture47 11.16.12 at 20:44

    Everyone’s talking about dinos, zombies, and new game modes… Does no one remember the mods which brought some of the realism crowds to BF3? How about modability? Does no one remember the Project Reality Mod for BF2? The one that allowed limited kits on the field? Production buildings for kits, weapons, and vehicles? The one that took (at the time) a two year old game off the shelf and gave people a reason to play it again? That had bullet drop, and bleeding out? Made the hardcore mode even MORE hardcore? The one that added vehicles with SPRINT. (sound familiar DICE?) I agree that there could be more game modes to the game. I miss the old, buggy Titan mode from 2142. Pods were an awesome idea in my opinion and I LOVED dropping in on someone’s head. But I also miss jumping out of my airplane to shoot the other pilot midair, and steal his vehicle. Unrealistic, sure! But was fun as hell. How about tailoring the game modes to the REALISM of what we’re playing? Modes for normal, and modes for hardcore? How about bringing back the BF2 .50 cal and a Russian KSVK element? How about adding scopes that have a comparable zoom. Seriously? A 12x scope that can barely see to 600m is sad. Variable zoom scopes from MOH:WF would be a nice addition to the BF3 series. (for fear of sounding like a COD fanboy), the hybridized scopes from warfighter would even be a decent addition. How about tying in the BF3 series to the Warfighter series with an unheard of DLC that isn’t listed as a thank you to your loyal BF3 fans? Maybe bringing back the old Spec Ops weapons and equipment. NV’s, Grappling Hooks, Bouncing betties? Vertical game play is nice, but whats the point if I have no way to get to that vertical position minus a squad beacon, ladder, or stairs camped by a guy with c4/claymores? If there’s no new game modes to come minus a survival with predetermind “randomized” locations (how do you double negative something even more than to make a predetermined location for weapons, Why not just randomize them completely?) Why not just add a 3rd faction so we get Team, vs Team, vs Team matches? US, Russians, and Infidels/Rebels maybe? l DICE, I applaud your current achievements and the milestones you’ve made, as well as the homage payed to the old BF series maps, but I’d also like more of them back. I liked BF2 because it wasn’t linear and was fresh to the FPS genre. And on a final note, PLEASE remove, or fix the lag compensation. I feel like I’m playing a modernized Mortal Online. A LEAN function would even be nice. Camos with no ghillie suits… seriously? So I can hide in a bush with woodland camo, but I’m still silhouetted against the sky by my homo sapiens figure. hmm.. Somethings still not right. =[

  • Xmw4everX 10.31.12 at 17:17

    really why do you want to play with some dinosaurs? there’s no point in that.. they don’t fit in this game.

    • Fivesierra 12.04.12 at 06:29

      Facepalm* -_- he was making a generalized point dipshit…. Anyways I wish there would be weapons other than the crossbow. I want to use a stoner 96

  • NorCal Badboy 10.31.12 at 17:10

    you idiots why to you keep asking for a lame game mode like dinos how old are you guys dinos stoped being cool for me and most when we turned eight. dice please never make dino mode its a horible idea this is a war game not turok or some other lame game instead of makeing new code for that shit give us more guns vehicles two seat jets all air mode and all sea warfare that would be cool.

  • Foxhunter 10.31.12 at 16:10

    hold up i had to read back a little bit on the posts yall just criticized a dude for saying dinos died billions of years ago really why not save your comments for the ones that brought up dinos but sunglasses would be nice so would the crossbow ive been waiting on them to make one

  • Cravit8 10.31.12 at 15:25

    My guess is that limited ammo will inspire an amazing amount of knifing.
    I have seen some knife genuies lately and they will love aftermath

  • T WOOKS 10.30.12 at 22:51

    And i hope the devs take notice to the polls and see that more people care about a tiny little change in the game (Sunglass’) more than anything they worked very long and very hard on to show them that maybe they should ASK the gammers what they want instead of adding nonsense (Crossbow) to this game.

  • T WOOKS 10.30.12 at 22:46

    For all you dino-mode cry babys go fuck off and play turok or somthing.. Stop giving the devs an idea because they will probably implament this god awful idea and destory this game more than it already has been.

  • hector2670 10.29.12 at 01:04

    looking close to the sun on this game would like blind me

  • SrNightWing 10.28.12 at 18:58

    Dinosaurs are never coming to battlefield games ever. Dinosaur mode is stupid and unrealistic. Dinosaurs have been dead for billions of years. If you want to play a survival similar to “Dino mode” I recommend good games like call of duty black ops,call of duty world at war, and call of duty black ops 2. Those have really good zombie games. DINO MODE IS NEVER COMIING TO BATTLEFIELD AND I DON’T WANT IT TO COME. if it comes its going to turn into call of duty. Even though they are both good games I like them to be both different

    • swedenrule1 10.29.12 at 18:28

      Do you know anything about the dinosaurs? They died only 65 million years ago

    • XKaioKillerX 10.30.12 at 18:16

      “Dinosaurs have been dead for billions of years.”
      -SrNightWing

      You’re a fucking dumbass. Dinosaurs are no where NEAR being extinct for one billion year. You are an extreme moron, who managed to find his way into the internet. Please take a leave. Also, fuck your shit. Dinosaurs are the shit man. I would trade my virginity for a “Dino” mode in BF3.

  • DonRapMe 10.26.12 at 06:30

    no!!!

  • MajorWolfenstein 10.25.12 at 21:49

    Dino DLC

  • Shiro22 10.24.12 at 19:19

    If you want DINO MODE in upcoming DLC reply to my post so DICE can see the interest. I have a few ideas – post yours as well!

    Survival – fighting against dinosaurs to control territory previously held by dinosaurs.

    Ambiant – dinosaurs naturally apart of the environment ‘gotta watch out for more than enemy soldiers!’

    Hunter/Capture – Pegged against an enemy squad to hunt down dinosaurs and take over a single village

    Rescue – (dino version of rush) rather than arming an MCOMM, you rush in to rescue a fallen comrade –
    strap him to a stretcher and carry him back to your base while the enemy and dinosaurs fight to keep you from returning your comrade.

    • idrnkshampoo 10.24.12 at 20:10

      WE WANT DINO MODE NOW!!!!!!

    • Stormrider_333 10.25.12 at 09:01

      Dino Mode FTW.

      C’mon DICE, I know you can!!

    • codmonkey45 10.25.12 at 13:10

      oh hell yes i want it

    • SrNightWing 10.28.12 at 18:51

      Dino mode is stupid. The Dino’s in the game are things dice put to mess with us. We are NEVER getting Dinosaurs in the game EVER. So stop asking you stupid people.

    • Jean[FIN] 10.29.12 at 01:07

      I like the idea of Dino DLC but your game mode ideas are not appealingto me at all. The “rescue your comrade” game mode did have some sence in it but the other ones…meh

  • Twistapaphatty 10.22.12 at 02:28

    That was a very apt description of what ‘DINO MODE’ is, thank you.

    …im kidding, are you retarded? what the hell is dino mode?

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