Fooled You: ‘Battlefield 3′ on PS3 Does Not Come With ‘Battlefield 1943′ [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated November 24th, 2011 at 2:22 pm,

No Battlefield 1943 with Battlefield 3

As has become common place with many major multiplatorm EA titles, the PS3 version of Battlefield 3 was supposed to come with a free game for those who picked up the limited edition. The game in this case being Battlefield 1943. Sadly, as PS3 owners opened up their pre-orders yesterday they probably noticed one thing: Battlefield 1943 was nowhere to be found.

In the past, EA titles with similar promotions have all featured the content on disc – players would simply need to install the content from the blu-ray in order to play it. However, with Battlefield 1943, there was no option to install it as an extra. There was not even an insert inside the case with a download code, so what gives? Sony and EA touted this as an incentive to pick up the PS3 version of Battlefield 3, (which is pretty good, we might add), so why the disappearance?

It turns out that the promise of Battlefield 1943 was instead replaced with the previously announced PS3 exclusivity of Battlefield 3‘s DLC. All DLC for Battlefield 3 will release one week earlier on the PS3, which is similar to Microsoft’s Call of Duty DLC exclusivity in which all DLC releases on the Xbox 360 first.

Today’s tweet from the official Battlefield twitter reaffirms what we heard a few days ago about the PS3 limited edition of Battlefield 3.

“In lieu of 1943 being available on disk for PS3 customers, EA has made all BF3 expansions available early to PS3 customers.”

What’s most upsetting about this situation is the fact that neither EA or DICE publicly announced this change before the release of Battlefield 3. Granted, Battlefield 1943 is an older title and chances are, most Battlefield fans already own it, but for those who pre-ordered in hopes that they would get a free game this is certainly disappointing.

EA should have made it abundantly clear beforehand that Battlefield 1943 would no longer be shipping with Battlefield 3 instead of hiding it as a false advertisement. It’s not as if this was a last minute decision to not include it and it was promised to be part of the package at E3. We were there.

I purchased the limited edition of the Medal of Honor reboot to receive the free copy of Medal of Honor: Frontlines. Seeing as how that was my main incentive, I would have been very upset at EA had they decided to remove it without warning. In the case of Battlefield 3, there are definitely people out there who pre-ordered to take advantage of the inclusion of Battlefield 1943 and it’s just disgusting to see that EA would not mention that one of the incentives was stripped without warning since it does impact the buying decision and the value of the package.

[Update: A class action lawsuit was filed against EA over the Battlefield 1943 omission for misleading consumers.]

[Update 2: EA has given in and is offering Battlefield 1943 to PS3 buyers of Battlefield 3.]

Battlefield 3 is available now for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Battlefield 1943 is available now on the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC as a digital download.

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Source: EA

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

  • PenTa

    They’ll probably get sued over this.

    And, in my opinion, for good reason. You just can’t do stuff like this.

    • MattKU

      They should be sued, this is a violation of a contract.

      Legal Elements of a Contract:
      – An Offer (Buy BF3 for $59.99 for PS3 and receive BF1942 in addition)
      – An Acceptance in strict compliance with the terms of the offer (Customer shelling out the $59.99 at a retailer)
      – Legal Purpose/Objective (This IS a legal purpose)
      – Mutuality of Obligation — also known as the “meeting of the minds” (We are in agreement that for my $59.99 I am receiving BF3 with the included BF1942)
      – Consideration (In exchange for my $59.99, I’m receiving the game with contractually agreed upon content.)
      – Competent Parties (I don’t think EA will claim to be incompetent, and nor shall I.)

      • angel munoz

        i agree with u somewhat but like iv been saying it was said during E3 i n others i know never got any info saying BF1943 would be with BF3.. mostly in E3 games r still in making soo they cant give u 100% that u will get that.. not the first game to doo this n im sure not the last

        • Daniel Carlson

          English must not be your first language …

  • Jack7

    Why are they trying to lose customers so badly?! A terrible beta, Xbox servers down during beta, xbox servers down for launch, and now this? Terrible start and I love the battlefield games

  • Brian

    So we are awarded the honor of paying for something a week ahead of time? For shame EA.

  • SV

    I’d rather the DLC release at the same time… I dont care about waiting for a week for it. I’d rather have 1943. I dont understand EA’s strategy with all this… Seems like pretty bad PR

  • Rob Keyes

    You get the DLC a week early… but still have to pay for it? Is this really that stupid or am I misreading.

  • angel munoz

    Wtf?? i never heard anything about BF3 having 1943 lol this site is becoming a lie.. this is the 2nd post iv seen thats nothing but a lie.. BFBC2 was the 1 that had 1943. i would lif it if the site could share with me a video of somthing that says this.. if not oh well every11 makes mistakes evn big sites like this.

    • DarthMalnu

      It really doesn’t take more than a minute to check that it’s not a lie… but then again if YOU hadn’t heard about it prior, who is anyone else to say that facts can be truth.

    • Rob Keyes


      Stop trolling. They announced this at E3, saying that BF3 on PS3 would come with BF1943.

      • angel munoz

        its not trolling im asking a (??) I’m being a dick. n let me talk to these nice ppl who r helpng me understand if this post is right or not.

        • Rob Keyes


          Re-read your post:
          “this site is becoming a lie.. this is the 2nd post iv seen thats nothing but a lie.”

          That’s trolling.

          Worse, you’re claiming lies and “mistakes” without even knowing the facts.

          • angel munoz

            i agree half ways with u rob.. and im srry. i was in bad mood but i stand by my comment saying when i n others preorded BF3 none of us were told we would get 1943.. n that u cant use E3 agnst them cus other games have had same thing they were going to have somthing els or somthing n end up not doing it.. any1 who thought they were going to get it should have notice b4 that they wouldnt get 1943 cus no game store said it would be with BF3… anyways i am sry for what i said b4

  • Kenny

    They actually did say it would be included at E3. So far as legality goes they could get sued for false advertising.

    • angel munoz

      not realy.. it might have been in E3 but it wasnt in pre-order no1 i no was told that they would get 1943 with bf3… sooo they cant realy be sued… cus other E3 games showed have done the same thing.. n E3 isnt showing a game thats done there showing whats to come witch mean things could change along the way

  • shizzle

    yeaaa..dont really care enough to cry about it, either way, i already owned bf 1943 so it would of been a waste to me. early access dlc is welcomed, but i wish it was a month exclusive, not a week.

  • angel munoz

    ok if ur right i would like to see the video that says 1943 would be in BF3. besides when me and every1 i asked pre-oderd 1 from best buy n the rest game stop we did not get anything saying 1943 would be with BF3.. i could be 100% wrong about them not say 1943 was in it.. but u sid it was in E3 they say alot of stuff in E3 thats not true.. just sayn

    • Rob Keyes

      SCEA CEO Jack Tretton, during Sony’s E3 2011 press conference:

      ”EA is using the extra storage capacity of Blu-Ray to add a second game, Battlefield 1943 to the disc. That extra and exclusive content is a critical differentiator for PlayStation.”

  • angel munoz

    (shizzle)dose have a point thoo i to already own 1943 its n ok game… Bf3 is way more fun u wont need 1943. anyways im done talkn about this i could be wrong or right. when i comes to it BF3 is a Gr8 game for its time im happy i got it.

    • ben

      Its not about bf3 being good or not its about beinh promised another game for preorders and not getting it. your 100percent wrong. you called rob a liar, you lose jackass.

  • Caspica

    Please, just Google it and do a quick research before stating that an entire article is wrong.
    Anyway while I did not buy Battlefield 3 and is not affected by this it’s obvious that EA hate their customers.

  • Echo

    It was announced at E3 every gaming site announced Battliefield 1943 was coming with BF3 … just google it dude. E3 isnt lies either … its just developers going showing their games off …. yes they say a game will come out and it doesnt thats delayed but they didnt say “ur getting a free game!!” and then dont give ya it

    • angel munoz

      ya in E3 its E3…. ppl should have notice b4 or a few min after preorder that they would not get 1943.. no game store that me or any1 i no whent tooo said 1943 would be with bf3

  • necromage 33

    Its not about wether or not you own 1943 its the fact that ea didn’t even announce that they took it out. This is going to be extremley bad for ea and dice, a lot of confidence is going to be lost in those companies.

  • Rob Keyes

    Hey guys,

    For those who didn’t see the initial announcement – SCEA CEO Jack Tretton, during Sony’s E3 2011 press conference:

    ”EA is using the extra storage capacity of Blu-Ray to add a second game, Battlefield 1943 to the disc. That extra and exclusive content is a critical differentiator for PlayStation.”

  • blitzkaiser

    yup, nowhere to be found >< but somebody is gonna get sued for this

  • angel munoz

    hello ppl.. some of u didnt realy understand what i ment when i said (WTF i never heard anything about 1943 being in BF3) wha i ment was when me n others Pre-orderd all info was given on wha we were getting.. yes in E3 they said it would be in there but thats not the only game who has said that…

    mostly everything in E3 cant be confirmed 100% cus most of those games r in making soo if ur that surprised i dont understand… E3 shows things to llokfwd to itss not ohh look this is whats going to happen bee happy.. no if it was then alot of (COMP)should be sued for cancling games

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    • Rob Keyes

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