As we inch closer to the release of Battlefield 3, news of the pre-order bonuses are making their way to the internet. And keeping in trend with more recent releases these “bonuses” look more and more like content that should be included in the game to begin with. This is par for the course for many but a large handful of the gaming community on Reddit.com seems to have had enough.
They are organizing a boycott to not pre-order the future release of Battlefield 3. From the reddit post:
“As most of you know, EA recently announced an exclusive DLC for preordering BF3. If you don’t purchase the pre-order or limited edition version of BF3, you will have to pay extra for the Karkand expansion pack. The only thing not included in the Karkand Expansion pack is the Guns and ammunition, which will create an unfair advantage for people who pre-order”
This is essentially making customers who purchased the full game even on the first day unable to play certain maps unless they shell out a few more dollars for the DLC.
This combined with three exclusive weapons only available through pre-order give late adopters or even day-of purchasers a game with less content. Many argue that this content was simply stripped from the complete game only to be re-packaged as a gift from EA.
Will this boycott have an impact? Only time will tell but with a release date of October 25th the gamers over at Reddit will have plenty of time to gather minions for their cause.
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One of the most annoying things is when the set different pre-order ‘bonus’ content from different retailers. Deus Ex human Revolution list different content if you pre order from Gamestop as compared to say Amazon…What do they expect, that we will order several copies of the game to get all the content?!
A few games have done this. Exclusives for each and every retailer. Some people I know actually did go out and buy multiple copies of the game just to get all the “bonus” content. Annoying… YES… but marketing genius.
Yeah I can’t really blame the company. They are out to make as much money as possible. The idea of a pre-order bonus to me is a great one. What I’m not a fan of is what this pre-order border lines on. If I go to purchase a game, I want the entire game. I don’t want to get home and find out that I have to buy more stuff just to play with my friends.
I think they should go back to physical bonuses and let the game stand as it is…of course that means EA spending money on plastic replica grenades or talking keychains. Instead they just pull a few guns out of the virtual arsenal and regift them.
A release from EA…
EA now states the gun pack you get from pre-order will be available later for everyone and the map DLC is NOT going to be a day one DLC…meaning you will have the full game regardless of if you pre-order or not.
A pre-order will mean that you get the maps for free and the extra guns before anyone else…sounds good to me.
I, for one, wouldn’t purchase multiple copies of a game from different retailers just for exclusive DLC.