DICE has detailed its upcoming Battlefield 3: Armored Kill expansion that's going to be released for its popular shooter, showing off a brand new gameplay mode called Tank Superiority, which tasks players with driving Tanks and the new Tank Destroyer vehicles all over the map.
Battlefield 3 came out last year and its multiplayer mode has been kept alive through several expansions by developer DICE, including the retro-themed Back to Karkand, and the Close Quarters add-on, which emphasized smaller maps.
Now, a new expansion is getting ready to appear, in the form of Battlefield 3: Armored Kill
, which focuses on tanks and armored vehicles, while featuring huge maps, including the largest one in Battlefield history.
Now, the studio has detailed the new gameplay mode from Armored Kill, called Tank Superiority, which is a variation of King of the Hill, only with tanks and tank destroyers.
“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,” the studio said.
“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.”
In order to keep the action as fast paced as possible, the respawn times for vehicles are almost instantaneous, so mobility around the huge maps is key.
Tank Superiority isn’t all about tanks, however, as DICE also emphasizes the role of Engineers, which can repair the vehicles, and Recon troops, which can “paint” targets with their SOFLAMs.
“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.”
Battlefield 3: Armored Kill is out this September for the popular first-person shooter. You can enjoy three new images from the expansion below.