According to product manager Tommy Rydling, the final selection represents "the best of the best, the maps that shone the brightest in our playtests, and the ones that combined bring out everything we want both veteran and new Battlefield players to experience in Battlefield 3 multiplayer".

New announcements include the urban Grand Bazaar; the downtown Seine Crossing; the rural Caspian Border; the industrial Kharg Island; and the varied Noshahr Canals.

There's much more information on the Battleblog, including a short commentary from each of the map's designers.

[source blogs.battlefield.ea.com]