The most poorly kept secret in gaming of late will be unveiled at EA's press conference later today. A trailer leak from late last night further confirmed Battlefield 3 Premium's existence, and now EA's Patrick Soderlund has come out ahead of the presser and told Reuters much the same.
The service will cost $50 (so around £35) on a one time basis, rather than Call of Duty: elite's subscription model, and the trailer and Reuters piece confirmedthat it will yield a bunch of in-game weapons and dog tags, a load of "enhanced" Battlelog features (such as resetting stats), and the upcoming map packs.
Additionally, the Premium gives users a two week headstart when it comes to unreleased DLC packs – but only on PS3. We're guessing that this will sort of mirror the timed exclusivity agreement that COD has with Microsoft, but from the looks of it, that means Xbox 360 and PC Premium subscribers are geting shortchanged.
Reuters reported that "EA Games executive vice president Patrick Soderlund said that despite the ostensibly steep price tag the online service still offered gamers savings since access to content included in the membership package would cost $25 more if it was purchased separately.
"Soderlund said the offer would also keep up momentum for the Battlefield franchise which won't have another full game out until at least 2013."