What can we expect from Battlefield 4 Premium?
EA had huge success with its Premium service, selling over 3 million Premium subscriptions to BF3 players. With those kinds of sales numbers (which translates into $150 million in extra revenue), it was pretty certain that we would be getting a Battlefield 4 Premium service. And EA and DICE have confirmed just that: a Battlefield 4 Premium service is in the works, and should be available at launch.
But what can we expect from a Battlefield 4 Premium service? We think DICE might have more in store for us other than free DLC and expansions. For BF3, DICE had plenty of goodies for players, and we expect them to expand on this. Here’s what Premium members got last time:
- 5 expansion packs (including Back to Karkand)
- Double XP weekends
- More Battlelog features
- New assignments and awards
- Strategy guides, videos, and other content
- Dog tags, weapon skins, and other items.
It’s widely expected that Battlefield 4 Premium will include similar content as mentioned on the above list, but what else can we expect? One thing gamers would appreciate would be new soldier skins that really stand out. Just like weapons, having different camo for soldiers and perhaps even vehicles would make Premium players really stand out.
Taking things a step further, it wouldn’t be out of the question for Premium members to have access to exclusive weapons which can only be obtained through a Premium purchase. Other areas where Battlefield 4 players with a Premium subscription could get an advantage could be “expanded” game features. For example, Premium members could get expanded squad sizes to play with more friends. Of course, we’re just spit-balling here — there’s no indication that Battlefield 4 Premium would include such a feature. But it makes sense to give Premium members something more for their money.
In terms of new content, we know that Battlefield 4 downloadable content is already in the planning stages. DICE has confirmed the first Battlefield 4 DLC, called “Drone Strike Expansion“. However, you won’t need Premium for this, as Drone Strike will be included for free if you pre-order the game on Origin and at other retailers. Recently, we reported that a popular BF2 map was in early design stages for Battlefield 4 and could be released in a future DLC.
Either way, we expect DICE to up the ante with Battlefield 4 Premium and give gamers more worth for their money. Which brings us to the price. BF3 Premium retailed for $50, and we doubt EA will raise the price. Any price raise would result in outrage from the community, most of whom believed that $50 was too much to begin with. But then again, most Battlefield 4 players would probably get Premium anyway, despite the “outrage”.
What would you like to see added to Battlefield 4 Premium? And how much would you pay for the service? Let us know in the comment section!