EA currently has no plans on introducing any premium fees for Battlelog, the social hub that ties the Battlefield 3 community together, unlike rival Activision's Call of Duty Elite service, which charges an annual premium fee.
Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter stated earlier today that EA may try to follow Activision, introducing a premium fee for the social service.
"Battlelog is a free service for Battlefield 3 players that will provide statistics, social networking tools, friend list management, squad setup, and platoons, all with built-in voice chat," said Pachter. "Although Battlelog and non-premium Elite memberships are free and offer many similar features, we think that many hard core Call of Duty gamers will opt for premium Elite, particularly if the total DLC spend for Battlefield 3 is expected to exceed $50. Ultimately, we expect Electronic Arts to emulate Activision and charge for Battlelog by including map packs with the service for a $50 fee,"
In a statement to IndustryGamers, EA said the following in contrary to Pachter's comment: "We are providing Battlelog to Battlefield 3 players to deliver the best social, multiplayer FPS experience in the market. We have no plans to charge for this service with Battlefield 3. The Battlefield series has always been about playing with friends, and Battlelog takes that experience to the next level by serving as a unique social network."