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The Back to Karkand map pack is a four map expansion similar to the Vietnam expansion for BC2. It comes free with all preorders and will likely cost $15 when released separately upon its release. The pack will contain four remade BF2 maps - Strike at Karkand, Sharqi Peninsula, Wake Island and Gulf of Oman. Current release date is unknown but the general feeling going around is to expect it a month or two after release - so perhaps right around Christmas? Another current unknown is whether the maps will be able to be mixed in with the base maps on the same server. With Vietnam for BC2 this was not possible - odds are probably good the Karkand pack will work the same.
So what support will TG give the pack? Due to the majority of our community having the map pack due to preordering the admin team is saying now for sure that this pack will receive solid support here. The admin team strongly recommends you preorder to assure you will receive this pack for free. If the maps can be mixed in with the base maps it is very likely we will require the map pack for continuous play on our servers. If the pack has to be played separately then depending on server availability we will either setup a full time BTK server or run BTK only nights 1-2 times a week until interest has played out.
Anyone who pre-ordered has it. After the BF3 launch it is rumored to be $20. I do suspect as Specterr mentioned the majority of TG members have pre-ordered the game. Then include the millions of pre-orders from the US alone it more than justifies running BtK.