Battlefield 3 and the DLC Backlash (Updated)
As I’m sure you’re well aware, given my constant posting of anything slightly related to this game over the past few months, Battlefield 3 is coming out later this year setting its sights on taking the FPS crown away from Call of Duty. As is the norm with games these days, a bit of pre-order DLC was offered in the form of the Back to Karkand expansion pack which gives early purchasers access to the map pack on day one, whereas late adopters will have to wait and buy it at a later date.
While this did cause some outcry, the Back to Karkand controversy pales in comparison to the furor that has cropped up around the Physical Warfare Pack. This add-on is only availble in the UK through GAME and Gamestation stores and features items that will not be obtainable in the retail game. Naturally, fans of the game are quite incensed and a boycott has already been arranged on Reddit, calling for EA and DICE to remove this pre-order incentive from the game.
In this day and age we’re no strangers to pre-order DLC; for example, L.A. Noire had some of the most segmented add-ons that I’ve ever seen (even though they were all up for purchase at a later date). The problem with the Physical Warfare Pack is that it takes items out of the game and makes it so that you can only get these weapons and mods through a pre-order. DICE hasn’t said whether or not these items will be part of a DLC offering in the future, but the marketing copy for the pack makes it pretty clear that this is a one time deal.
What do you guys think about this? Has EA gone to far with this add-on as some gamers think, or are we just being reactionary? Should EA back off on the Physical Warfare Pack, or at least offer it as a bonus in all regions?
UPDATE: DICE has issued a statment on the Battlefield blog concerning the Physical Warfare Pack and its exclusive status. Apparently its regional availiblity is just a timed lock, and the pack will be up for grabs worldwide at a later date. Furthermore, the pack will be distributed to players shortly after the game’s release free of charge. Good on DICE for clearing the air on this one.
Source – Reddit, Battlefield blog