Everything was going so well for Battlefield 3. Its single player Fault Line series of gameplay trailers offered unparalleled graphics in a first person shooter, seemingly ushering in the next generations of first person shooters.
The buzz was incredibly positive and a vocal segment of gamers were quickly turning against Call of Duty franchise – and this was all before even seeing Battlefield 3‘s most important feature: the multiplayer. So, why then are some gamers so angry?
It’s rather humorous how the opinion and feelings of a certain segment of the internet can turn on a dime. It’s inevitable and it’s something that Electronic Arts and DICE are just beginning to face in their Q&A about Battlefield 3’s Physical Warfare Pack and Back to Karkand pre-order items.
Reading through some of the many pages of comments on this page, we can see the outrage of some users about Battlefield 3 about the DLC and about the Physical Warfare pack adding new weapons. The problem is that some gamers are worried that the three weapons will cause an imbalance in the game right off the bat and worse, that it’s only available in select retailers as opposed to everyone paying full price for the game. EA claims that they specifically chose said weapons to keep gameplay balanced, but the greater issue is the ongoing one of day one DLC and specific retailers getting the “full game” when others are not.
Ideally, everyone would pay the full price when the game releases and get everything it has to offer. Unfortunately for all of us, that is not the reality of the gaming industry and the advent of DLC has set some an unwelcome precedents in that you need to pay more than the price of the game to get everything (see: Horse Armor). It’s business and love it or hate it, it makes sense from EA’s point of view.
EA caught wind of the highly negative responses to this and added another bit to their Q&A on the matter:
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.
In the grand scheme of things, this makes little difference. Battlefield 3 is the best looking shooter ever and playing its multiplayer at E3 confirmed that this game is bringing the full package.
That being said, a similar fan outcry occurred back when Battlefield: Bad Company was about to hit and EA canned their pre-order content plans.
Have you or will you pre-order Battlefield 3 for the additional content?
Battlefield 3 releases October 25th for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
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