DICE responds to Battlefield 3 pre-order bonus outrage

Tuesday, 14th June 2011 07:08 GMT By Brenna Hillier

In the wake of a boycott effort against Battlefield 3′s pre-order bonus content, DICE has said none of the extra content will unbalance the game.

It’s not clear why the Physical Warfare pack, which was announced towards the end of May, is suddenly causing a stir, but DICE is taking criticism seriously enough to respond with an FAQ on the Battlefield Blog.

According to DICE, the bonus items were “specifically chosen not to be overpowered or imbalance or break the game in any way”, and will provide variety but “not give you a significant advantage on the battlefield”.

“We believe in rewarding our core fanbase with special offers – such as giving them the Back to Karkand expansion pack at no extra charge,” DICE wrote of the incentive scheme.

The pre-order bonus content includes the Back to Karkand expansion pack, which features a number of maps, and a collection of weaponry and equipment which varies from territory to territory. The Back to Karkand portion will also be made available as premium DLC, but current intel pegs the bonus equipment as exclusives.

A bit of Internet rage may seem unimpressive, but as MTV Multiplayer points out, a similar movement against Battlefield: Bad Company saw EA drop bonus content plans like a hot potato.

Battlefield 3 is due out on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Thanks, Blue’s News.



  1. noherczeg

    I don’t have any problem with the normal pre-order bonuses, since if one wants to buy the game so much he/she’ll pre-order it no what.

    On the other hand.. That Physical pack isn’t that of a good idea because it’s very limited. Even if you want to buy that one you need to get it from 2 retailers. THAT’S the problem.

    That’s why i can’t believe what the boss said. It’s smells like marketing, but not for the core fans, i assume it ‘s mostly for the 2 retailers involved.

    Also: what about the rest of the world? the parts wich are not the US and GB huh? And yes i order games from foreign countries since ~2000 but i can’t say that there are soooooo many bright people out there, so they may completely miss this stuff.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Talkar

    Preorder bonuses are the worst idea in the world, well the 2nd worst, right after paid DLC. But BF3 is hardly the first game to do this. People should be more mad about Activision rereleasing MW2 under a new name (MW3).

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    ^ You mean mad about something that isnt true? Nah.

    The only thing people should really be mad about is the BF fanboys red herring arguments.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Talkar

    What i meant about MW3 was kind off a sarcastic remark referring to the fact that theres not much that is new in MW3 compared to MW2 x) Even when asked, it was admitted the biggest improvement in the game was Spec Ops, and the only difference in the game was that it is taking place a couple of hours after MW2.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. HighWindXIX

    I can understand some outrages over pre-order bonuses but not this one. If you’re outside the US or GB, you have something to complain about. If not, either you already have the game pre-ordered or are too on the fence that the inclusion or lack of a pre-order bonus wouldn’t sway you. It wont unbalance the game.

    Also, what do people not understand about the words “extra” or “bonus?” Let’s take an example from the music world. Cds usually have a set amount of songs that make the cut even though there’s usually several songs fully recorded that get left off. If those songs are then released as bonuses, what’s wrong with that. They’re not supposed to be part of the final product. They didn’t make the cut. But hey, we have them so here, have a bonus. Who gets hurt by that?

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Blerk

    Pre-order bonuses need to die now, please. Thanks.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. DiodeX

    Pre order bonus or not, if you want the game you’ll pre order it.
    I haven’t seen if the “extras” cost more at retail yet though.

    As good as £39 at Shopto with the 4 BF2 maps, no weapon packs though.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Telepathic.Geometry

    Pre-order bonuses are shite, not only for gamers, but also for the poor devs who get it in the form of a boycott. I support the boycott as, unfortunately for the devs, it’s the only way publishers will get the message.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. DrDamn

    Special edition / preorder bonuses are fair enough, as long as the content is made available to everyone somehow eventually. Preferably by simply ranking up in the game or as regular dlc. What I don’t like is retailer specific content, and spreading yourself about too much.

    BFBC had a nightmare of unlocks available and some tied to specific retailers so you couldn’t get all five in the uk without having more than one preorder. Putting content as tied to specific retailers messes with the freedom of choice to buy where you want. This is the worst aspect of these sort of preorder hijinks and EA are happy to whore themselves out in this regard.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Erthazus

    Preorder bonuses need to die. I agree absolutely.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Jan

    If you need a FAQ how to get your game, that kinda says it all….

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Grimrita

    Probably started by Bobby Kotick after being shown the door at E3 BF3 booth! lol.

    I havent pre-ordered yet as I want to see some actual multiplayer footage. After Bad Company 2, I am not a happy customer since its flawed with silly bugs.

    Theres no doubt BF3 looks amazing but gameplay is where its at. If it manages to capture the feel of the original BF games, then I am sold!

    #12 4 years ago
  13. noherczeg


    If you pointed it to me, than I have to tell you that not everyone in this world is deep into the internetz. The things you don’t/can’t see are hard to find/ get noticed of.

    Acquiring goods internationally in this scale isn’t that popular, at least not where I live. :)

    #13 4 years ago
  14. mojo

    i guess he aimed at ea.
    and hes bloody right about it!

    #14 4 years ago
  15. FadeLive

    I don’t really mind pre-order bonuses but damn if it doesn’t piss me off when they are region exclusive and relevant to the multiplayer in the game. Especially when they have said there is no other way to get them than to pre-order. Meaning i’m never going to be able to get this stuff which just makes me rage. Medal of Honor pulled the same crap and the pre-order guns were some of the best in the game (a multiplayer also made by DICE). >.<

    #15 4 years ago
  16. DiodeX

    If like BFBC, they made a special pre order gun from amazon available to all eventually.

    It’s still very silly indeed.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. DSB

    I think the “Steam” way of enticing preorders is a lot better. 5-10% off the initial price.

    On the other hand I can understand publishers wanting to sweeten deal. What I don’t understand is retailer-specific preorders. The vast majority of gamers have a “go-to retailer” – It’s not as if someone’s going to run to D2D because they’re offering a certain skin for a certain game.

    I think that’s a lousy way to treat a game and its players. It just divides the content based on where we buy our games, rather than rewarding us for buying it in the first place.

    One things’ for sure, boycotts are all bullshit. It’s the equivalent of a 5 year old who says he’ll stop breathing if he doesn’t get his favourite action figure. GLHF.

    @Grimrita Totally agree. What little they’ve shown of the multiplayer looked more like BC2 than BF2, sadly.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Lewis247

    Umm, this wasn’t causing a stir.. it’s when gaming sites suddenly make a big deal about it and choose how gamers have reacted.

    Kotaku said this pre-order dlc stuff was how battlefield 3 had finally found a way to piss off gamers…. No it didn’t!? Fuck if your good at the god damn game you have nothing to worry about. It’s like playing against people with a higher rank than you with better guns, If your good you don’t have anything to worry about.. this is the same.

    I still find pre-order digital stuff useless, it should be included in the game and that’s that.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. HighWindXIX

    To all the people saying that pre-order bonuses should die, should Collector’s Editions die too? Heaven forbid we don’t all have the exact same version…

    #19 4 years ago
  20. IL DUCE

    Um…all you did was unlock shotguns early in MoH as far as I remember and get the Tier 1 beard and shit early only for rifleman class though…I always pre-order games hell I even bought games that I knew I wasn’t going to play/finish right away to get pre-order items…I think its cool and gives some extra incentive to buy the game day one…for countries that don’t offer things that sucks but otherwise there is no reason to complain, pre-order the game and quit your whining after you choose which retailer best meets your play style or preferences…like if best buy is offering a shotgun and gamestop is offering an smg, and you never use shotguns then pre-order it from gamestop…its really not that difficult, you’re getting free shit who cares…

    #20 4 years ago

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