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Mike Nomad
06-13-2011, 10:15 AM
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Battlefield 3 preorder weapon and item bonuses annoy fans



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By Ben Kuchera | Published 5 minutes ago

There has been little reason to hide our enthusiasm for the upcoming Battlefield 3, (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2011/05/modern-warfare-3-vs-battlefield-3-the-difference-is-in-the-pc.ars) especially considering the nearly sublime state of the game (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2011/06/hands-on-with-battlefield-3-new-abilities-combat-medics-and-destruction.ars) at this year's E3. EA has done everything right with making sure Battlefield 3 is going to be a hit with PC gamers... until now. Over the weekend the "Physical Warfare Pack," was announced, and fans are annoyed at the idea of being forced to buy a retail product at a brick-and-mortar store in order to access some of the game's weapons.

Right now this promotion has only been announced for the UK. If you preorder the game at GAME and Gamestation locations you gain access to the extra equipment on the first day of release. Here's how EA described the content:Players can storm the battlefield armed with powerful weapons and items only available in the Physical Warfare Pack including the Type 88 light machine gun with bipod for superior firepower and total zone control, the SKS sniper rifle flash suppressor that provides increased stealth abilities for Recon soldiers, and the lethal armour-piercing flechette ammo for the DAO-12 semi-automatic shotgun that is sure to tear through anything in its path. Also included is day one access to the highly versatile DAO-12 semi-automatic shotgun itself.While it's possible this content could be released as a for-pay content pack for the game, the idea of being forced to pay early through select retailers for weapons that don't need to be unlocked and will represent a clear advantage on the first day of release isn't sitting well with anyone. Gaming forums, Twitter, and my own inbox have been filled with people complaining about this promotion, especially given many were hoping to buy via Steam or other digital distribution services.

We'll see if EA decides to reverse this decision, as the company . has flip-flopped on this sort of promotion in the past (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2008/04/bad-company-not-going-to-have-weapons-for-sale.ars). Retailer-specific content is one of the more customer-hostile trends in modern gaming, and as it stands now, this promotion will create a group of players with a clear advantage over everyone else. Let's hope EA sees the light.

SOURCE (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2011/06/battlefield-3-preorder-weapon-and-item-bonuses-annoy-fans.ars)

Mike Nomad
06-14-2011, 09:02 AM
Your questions on Physical Warfare Pack and Back to Karkand pre-order items answered (http://blogs.battlefield.ea.com/battlefield_bad_company/archive/2011/06/13/physical-warfare-pack-and-back-to-karkand-questions-answered.aspx)




BY: HBrun
POSTED: Jun 13, 2011, 12:00AM

Q: Is the Physical Warfare Pack available in all regions, or just in the UK?
A: It will be available worldwide at select retailers. It was first announced in the UK. Exact details for other countries and retailers will be announced at a later date.

Q: Will Physical Warfare Pack imbalance the game?
A: The three exclusive items in the Physical Warfare Pack were specifically chosen not to be overpowered or imbalance or break the game in any way.

Q: Why do I want the Physical Warfare Pack?
A: Owning these items will give you a more varied arsenal, but it will not give you a significant advantage on the battlefield.

Q: Is the Back to Karkand expansion pack exclusive to pre-orders?
A: No. You can also buy it separately if you do not pre-order Battlefield 3. Back to Karkand will be available the exact same date after the launch of Battlefield 3 no matter if you pre-ordered or buy it separately.

Q: When will the Back to Karkand expansion pack be released?
A: We have not yet announced the Back to Karkand expansion pack release date.

Q: How much does the Back to Karkand Expansion pack cost?
A: We have not yet announced a price. However, it will be included in the Limited Edition at no extra charge.

Q: Do I have to choose between Back to Karkand and the Physical Warfare Pack as my pre-order bonus?
A: No. There is no way you can pre-order Battlefield 3: Limited Edition and not end up with the Back to Karkand expansion pack at no extra charge. On top of this, select retailers all over the world will carry the Physical Warfare Pack. Exact details for other countries and retailers will be announced at a later date.

Q: Why do you offer pre-order bonus items?
A: Because we believe in rewarding our core fanbase with special offers -- such as giving them the Back to Karkand expansion pack at no extra charge.

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