Victory! EA Gives ‘Battlefield 1943′ to PS3 ‘Battlefield 3′ Buyers

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Battlefield 1943 Free Download

Double victory all the way! After publishers THQ and Electronic Arts promised PlayStation 3 exclusive bonuses for Saints Row: The Third and Battlefield 3 at Sony’s E3 2011 press conference this summer, both came up short upon release of their titles and we were left with broken promises.

Saints Row: The Third was supposed to come with a bonus mode and EA was supposed to package Battlefield 1943 in with Battlefield 3, but in both cases, this didn’t happen. Upon release, THQ was quick to offer up Saints Row 2 to PS3 buyers of its sequel to make up for it, but in the case of Battlefield, EA kept silent, only announcing via Twitter that players wouldn’t be getting Battlefield 1943.

No explanation was given and to make up for PS3 players not getting Battlefield 1943, they would instead get early access to the first Battlefield 3 DLC by one week. No free bonus, just a week early of play. For those who don’t plan to play 1943 it wasn’t really a big deal, but by itself, it very much is. A publisher came out and promised an exclusive offer which can affect the buying decision of gamers, and then didn’t honor it.

That was grounds for a lawsuit voiced some of our readers and lawyers agreed. Law firm Edelson McGuire filed a class-action lawsuit against EA for misleading consumers with the goal of getting the publisher to get Battlefield 1943 in the hands of consumers who were promised it.

It’s been a month since the release of Battlefield 3 and now EA has finally come around. As a result of fan uproar and the legal proceedings, they are finally going to give Battlefield 1943 to PS3 buyers of BF3. This is what they’ve posted on their official site:

“There have been some misunderstandings around Battlefield 1943 and Battlefield 3. To address this we are making Battlefield 1943 available free of charge to owners of Battlefield 3 on the PS3 beginning this month.”

Yes, there have been some misunderstandings. We understood that Battlefield 1943 would come with the PS3 edition Battlefield 3 because that’s what was officially announced… and it didn’t.

The official announcement from EA and download instructions can be found here and they’ll roll out for all regions over the next few weeks – we’ve included the info below:

  • November 26th, 2011 for Sony Europe.
  • December 10th, 2011 for Sony America.
  • December 17th, 2011 for Sony Asia and Sony Japan.

To download your copy of Battlefield 1943 for the PlayStation 3 please follow the easy steps below.

  1. Activate your Battlefield 3 Online Pass for the PlayStation 3 using the voucher included in the game (see step #5 for additional instructions).
  2. Visit on or after the dates outlined above for your region and log in with your Origin ID and password. Click here if you need help with retrieving your account information.
  3. Select your territory. Note vouchers do not work across regions.
  4. You will then receive a PlayStation 3 voucher for Battlefield 1943.
  5. input your voucher into the PlayStation Network store. Instructions below.
    1. From the XMB (cross media-bar) of the PlayStation 3 connected to a network, choose [account management] under the [PlayStation Network].
    2. From the menu select redeem codes.
    3. Enter voucher and select continue.
    4. Download Battlefield 1943.

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Source: EA

TAGS: Battlefield, Battlefield 1943, Battlefield 3, DICE, E3 2011, Electronic Arts, PS3

  • Ken J

    So… should they then release DLC’s on the same day for everyone then so the rest of us won’t have to wait a week?? 😀

    • Deric

      If they do that people will just complain more as they promised both for the PS3 at E3.

  • Spider-Abu

    Lol, thought they’d do this. Even if I got it..I doubt I’d play it if I had a copy of BF3 instead..but I didn’t buy it for my PS3 anyway, got it for PC and I really don’t mind the week delay, since Activision is partnered with M$ and they always get DLCs early, a MONTH early infact, so it’s nice to see my home console also get exclusive deals. Have fun to those who gonna get 1943 and enjoy your early DLC! :DD We’re getting the DLC free also, like almost everyone cause we all preordered it for Limtied Edition which had LOTS of goodies unlike…MW3 preorder..plastic dogtags. o_O

  • Androol

    I don’t know how class actions work, in terms of how the lawyers get paid, but it seems like a bad investment to hire a lawyer just so you can get a two-year-old PSN/XBLA game free.

    • Rob Keyes

      I don’t believe anyone “hired” them.

  • ATG

    This should happen more often, not the broken promise part, but gamers standing up for what’s right and demand we don’t get cheated. Bravo to those who voiced their opinions directly to EA and kudos to EA for hearing and helping them.

  • Ryan

    I still wanna know why PS3 gets everything handed to them I mean look at Mortal Kombat you guys got Kratos, You got Blu Ray hell you even get free online gaming…. Either way I hope you PS3 users are Happy getting a mediocre game to play lol

    • Tremeos

      Giving free stuff makes people want to do business with you. Makes customers feel special, even though they aren’t.

      It’s good that EA was backed into the proverbial corner. Loosing consumer confidence makes shareholders nervous. That’s mostly bad for business…mostly.

      • Ryan

        My point is though PS3 users get the hookup on a lot of things

    • Andrew

      PS3 got Kratos because he’s a Sony property, and NetherRealm wanted to give Xbox an exclusive character as well (Marcus or Chief), but they apparently had some kind of difficulty licensing the characters and gave up on it (blame Microsoft, I guess… I dunno). PS3 got Blu-ray because Sony was heavily involved and invested in the format’s development (and Microsoft wasn’t; they thought HD-DVD would win the war).

      The free Steam copy of Portal 2 was the biggest deal, for me, and I don’t have any explanation for that one, other than that Valve wanted to make up for the relative crappiness of the PS3 version of The Orange Box (there’s probably more to it than that). But Xbox usually gets the best-looking/least-buggy versions of multi-platform titles, so what are you complaining about.

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