It’s ironic that the rivalry between Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and EA’s Battlefield 3 would happen to land right in the heart of election season. The ongoing arguments between the two companies have all the tenets of a classic political rivalry: mudslinging, one-upmanship, and then even more trash talk! It’s also a safe bet to assume that this rivalry will continue to intensify until the release of both games.
Today, EA’s favorite son is making more news in the on-going fight. While Activision has a timed exclusivity deal with Call of Duty DLC on the Xbox 360, Battlefield 3 now has similar with the PlayStation 3.
The EU PlayStation Blog issued a post from Tommy Rydling – Jr. Project Manager at DICE – that talks about a few things we already know about, such as 48 hour early access to the upcoming beta for owners of the Tier 1 Edition online pass or Medal of Honor: Limited Edition. The post then drops the proverbial bomb with the announcement that all of the DLC content for Battlefield 3 will be exclusive to the PS3 for one week following each release.
This even includes the first DLC offering, Battlefield 3: Back to Karkland, a map pack containing four of the original Battlefield 2 maps that have been re-rendered using the Frostbite 2.0 engine.
This move from EA runs counter to a previous move made by Activision when they announced that DLC content for Modern Warfare 3 would be a timed exclusive for the 360, as part of the exclusively deal revealed last year. So not only will these games be at each other’s throats in late October/early November, but now they’ve even designated territories via consoles. Perhaps I was rash in calling this a political rivalry. This is looking more like an all out gang war.
Battlefield 3‘s beta will include the Operation MÃ©tro map which will see players duking it out in multiplayer inside a bombed out metro tunnel on the outskirts of Paris. In fact, you may remember seeing this map as it was showcased at E3 this year. Battlefield 3 is scheduled for release on October 25th, for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. Its rival, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be released a bit later on November 8th, for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
Source: EU PlayStation Blog