Much much misinformation and speculation over Battlefield 3 has happened these past few weeks ended up in a quite large boycott of the game, one of the reasons was the fact that EA was removing themselves from digital distribution platforms in to ‘force’ people into their Origin service, that was found out to be not EA but Steam’s doing, and secondly the apparent pre-order bonuses of weapons and map packs were only ever going to be with select retailers and only if you pre-ordered.
Thankfully EA stepped in to clear up these misconceptions in a blog post.
I would like to start by clarifying that the Physical Warfare Pack is a time-based exclusive. If you do not pre-order Battlefield 3 at a retailer carrying the Physical Warfare Pack, don’t worry. We will unlock the contents of the Physical Warfare Pack for free to all Battlefield 3 players later this year.
If you pre-order Battlefield 3, you will be able to play Back to Karkand at no extra charge as soon as it is released, but it is not day one DLC and it is not on the base game disc. We think it’s a sweet deal, and it’s available to everyone everywhere. If you do not pre-order Battlefield 3, you can still buy Back to Karkand separately and play it as soon as it is released, the very same date as anyone who pre-ordered. In other words, there is no segmentation of the community when we launch the base game.
How the player base reacts to this will be interesting to find out, but for now at least it’s a little fairer to everyone.