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Mike Nomad
06-17-2011, 06:08 AM
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Battlefield 3 preorder bonus to be free to all later this year



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By Ben Kuchera | Published about 17 hours ago


Fans of the upcoming Battlefield 3 have been fuming about the retailer-specific preorder bonuses (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2011/06/battlefield-3-preorder-weapon-and-item-bonuses-annoy-fans.ars) that were announced after E3. EA has heard the complaints, and the company is now assuring gamers that the content in the "Physical Warfare" pack will be made free to everyone who buys the game later this year.

"I would like to start by clarifying that the Physical Warfare Pack is a time-based exclusive. If you do not preorder Battlefield 3 at a retailer carrying the Physical Warfare Pack, don't worry," the blog post explained (http://blogs.battlefield.ea.com/battlefield_bad_company/archive/2011/06/16/physical-warfare-pack-available-to-all-battlefield-3-players.aspx). "We will unlock the contents of the Physical Warfare Pack for free to all Battlefield 3 players later this year."

EA is also sure that you'll be happy with the scope of the "Back to Karkand" package that will be given to everyone who preorders the game, no matter the retailer. "Back to Karkand is a massive, themed expansion pack available a period of time after the base game, developed by a separate team here at DICE—the same team that brought you Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam," the statement said. "If you played Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam, you have a pretty good idea about the scope and ambition of our expansion packs. This is so much more than just four remixed maps."

EA also said that the package is not day-one DLC, and it's certainly not on the disc.

So I'm curious, does this take some of the sting away?

SOURCE (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2011/06/battlefield-3-preorder-bonus-to-be-free-to-all-later-this-year.ars)