EA scraps Battlefield: Bad Company micropayments

By Patrick Garratt, Thursday, 10 April 2008 07:36 GMT

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In what will surely be seen as a victory for the common man, EA has confirmed that the micropayments for weapons in Battlefield: Bad Company will be scrapped.

”DICE is built upon the multiplayer community, and we do listen to what people say out there,” said Karl Magnus, the game’s senior producer. When we saw this big uprise about people that really felt it was dissatisfying that some people bought the Gold Edition, those five weapons you couldn’t get or that you had to buy if you had the ordinary version of the game, that we just decided that all weapons will be free in the game, and that’s how it is now.”

A rising backlash against a scheme to allow users to buy five new weapons online was starting to reach more mainstream press yesterday and gamers were already arranging a boycott ahead of the title’s release this summer.

Before today, players with a “gold” version of the game would have all the weapons, but those with the standard version would have to buy some through Live and PSN. Under the revised plan, “gold” owners will still have all the extra guns, and other players will have to level up to obtain them, but at least they’ll be free.

Just goes to show.

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