When Battlefield 3 was rumored to be getting a Call of Duty Elite-style service last month, it was not difficult to foresee more franchises following suit, particularly if this one did well. As we learned today, Battlefield Premium is safely in “doing well” territory, having amassed 800,000 users in its first two weeks on (virtual) store shelves.
Premium was launched earlier this month for $ 49.99. It entitles buyers to five Battlefield 3 expansion packs, two of which are already available. Premium members also get early access to these expansion packs (they’re sold separately to non-Premiums), new camos for soldiers and weapons, new assignments, priority when waiting in server queues, and more. Controversy over whether non-paying members should be forced to wait longer to join servers aside, $ 50 is a good deal for those planning to buy all of the expansion packs. At $ 15 a pop, even those who received Back to Karkand for free from purchasing the game’s Limited Edition would be saving $ 10 as the remaining DLC would cost a total of $ 60 to purchase individually.