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Gamescom 2012: EA confirms Battlefield 3 Premium Edition

DICE has officially announced the rumored Battlefield 3 Premium Edition for release on PlayStation 3, PC and Xbox 360 in September 2012.

The pack will retail for £49.99 and includes a copy of the critically-acclaimed military shooter, a Multiplayer Head-Start Kit and, most important of all, premium access to all five themed content packs.

All in all, you have around £70 worth of content thrown into the mix offering more than 25 maps, over 70 weapons and vehicles plus heaps of unlocks and upgrades. DICE is positioning the Premium Edition as the ultimate purchase for newcomers to the Battlefield 3 experience.

Battlefield 3 executive producer, Patrick Bach, commented: “Since launch over 15 million people worldwide have enjoyed the thrill of Battlefield, and with the release of Battlefield 3 Premium Edition the community is set to surge once again. Packing a ton of gameplay at an incredible price, there has never been a better time to jump in and see what all the fun is about. We look forward to seeing some new faces on the battlefield.”

See below for the full skinny, courtesy of the press blurb:

-Battlefield 3: Among the fastest selling titles in EA’s history, Battlefield 3 has sold more than 15M units since release. Lauded by game critics worldwide for its compelling single player campaign, intense co-op missions and its addictive and world-class multiplayer, Battlefield 3 has won more than 130 awards globally.

-Battlefield 3 Premiummembership: Battlefield 3 Premium is an innovative offering that includes early access to five digital expansion packs including Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand, Battlefield 3: Close Quarters, Battlefield 3: Armored Kill, Battlefield 3: End Game and the newly announced Battlefield 3: Aftermath. These themed digital expansion packs introduce a massive amount of content including 20 new maps and weapons, four new game modes and more. Players will also receive new soldier and weapon camos, deeper personalization options, and advanced features making for the ultimate Battlefield 3 experience.

-Battlefield 3 Multiplayer Head-Start Kit: This kit will automatically unlock 15 different weapons, gadgets and vehicle upgrades so new players can immediately jump in.