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Battlefield 3 Premium confirmed by Reuters

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Battlefield 3 Close Quarters

Reuters has confirmed what was already all-but certain: Battlefield 3 Premium is coming, and it'll cost $50 in the USA.

The report mentions the ability to wipe Battlelog stats among the Premium features we already suspected, including new dogtags and custom knives. EA Games executive VP Patrick Soderlund is quoted as saying that Premium will help to "keep up momentum" for Battlefield, which isn't due another iteration until 2013.

The $50 pricetag reinforces last week's rumour that Premium will cost £35 in the UK. DICE has announced Battlelog downtime in advance of EA's E3 conference this evening, provoking rumours that the service may launch much sooner than expected.

Joining in 2011, Chris made his start with PC Gamer turning beautiful trees into magazines, first as a writer and later as deputy editor. Once PCG's reluctant MMO champion , his discovery of Dota 2 in 2012 led him to much darker, stranger places. In 2015, Chris became the editor of PC Gamer Pro, overseeing our online coverage of competitive gaming and esports. He left in 2017, and can be now found making games and recording the Crate & Crowbar podcast.