Premium became available on Battlefield 3 on June 4th, 2012 for a onetime cost of US$49.99/£39.99/€49.99/AU$49.99. A Premium Edition for the game was later revealed at Gamescom 2012 and was released on September 11th 2012.
- Unique camouflages for player models and weapons
- Unique knife (ACB-90) and Dog Tags
- Early access to all DLCs (Back to Karkand, Close Quarters, Armored Kill, Aftermath, Endgame) for no extra cost.
- 35 unique assignments
- Exclusive bonus content, videos, strategy guides, events, soldier upgrades, bonus content drops, and double XP events
- Priority in server queues
- Unique title screen
- Premium status displayed in killcam
- The ability to reset K/D Ratio, W/L Ratio, Accuracy and SPM on Battlelog (all-time stats will remain the the same).
- Increased Platoon Emblem layers
- Ability to save up to five battlereports on the Battlelog as favorites
- A carbon fiber design for player profile
- 8 new soldier profile images related to the Battlefield 3: Aftermath
In Australia, the price for the service originally cost $49.99 AU across all platforms. When people started to buy it, they noticed that the prices were $66 AU for the Xbox 360 and $79.95 AU for the PS3. Due to a massive number of complaints, the prices were lowered. However, only the PS3 received any benefits, and the price on the PS3 was reduced to $64.95 AU. PS3 owners were also refunded $14.95.
Premium will return in Battlefield 4 for those who pre-order the game on Origin as well as select retailers. Players are expected to gain exclusive uniforms, weapons, as well as exclusive expansion packs, such as the unconfirmed Battlefield 4: Drone Strike.
Premium was first revealed through a mistake on an update for the PlayStation Store on May 30th, 2012.