Fans of Battlefield 3 are up in arms after EA’s announcement that a special map pack, Return to Karkand, as well as certain guns and ammunition would only be available for free to customers who pre-order the game. In fact, the guns and ammunition will be exclusive to pre-order customers, while the map pack will cost extra for anyone that does not reserve the game before launch.
Fans of DICE’s newest game are so upset, in fact, that they have started a boycott, insisting that special guns, ammunition and maps in a fps is wholly unfair to anyone who will not, or can not, pre-order the game, leaving those who purchase the game at or after release day at a disadvantage.
The organizer of the boycott claims that “the point is that [the fans] don’t want paid DLC that is going to split the community into groups of who does or does not have that DLC. You obviously can’t join a server if its running a map you don’t have”. As for the special guns and ammunition, allowing only certain players access to them “…will create an unfair advantage [for] people who pre-order”.
This tactic has worked before, as in 2008, with the release of Battlefield: Bad Company when EA tried to make gamers pay for weapons. Fans boycotted the game and EA made the weapons available to everyone for free, which means that fans of Battlefield 3 may see some reward for their efforts.