DiCE Responds to Battlefield 3 Boycott

Those who pre-order Battlefield 3 at certain retailers will receive the Physical Warfare pack, which contains a trio of extra weapons. Although this isn’t even remotely an unusual kind of pre-order bonus, it sparked a weird amount of anger and even a friggin’ boycott. Well, DiCE wants to talk to you about this whole ridiculous situation.

They posted a Q&A about the pre-order bonuses at the Battlefield Blog pointing out that these extra weapons don’t really give players an advantage:

Q: Will Physical Warfare Pack imbalance the game?
A: The three exclusive items in the Physical Warfare Pack were specifically chosen not to be overpowered or imbalance or break the game in any way.

Q: Why do I want the Physical Warfare Pack?
A: Owning these items will give you a more varied arsenal, but it will not give you a significant advantage on the battlefield.

I doubt that’ll do anything to get the angsty boycotters to settle down, but OK.

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5 Comments on DiCE Responds to Battlefield 3 Boycott

drsgfire

On June 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Sounds like console gamers too me :)

Cahemdue

On June 15, 2011 at 11:15 am

why would i want more content in the game if it’s not interesting or game changing? that’s like having weapon skins; it’s neat but pointless really. Seems in the long run, lazy of the developers

mike

On June 15, 2011 at 11:40 am

To me.:)

avrus96

On June 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm

ppl grow up. Boycotts only work if the company loses sales because of them. If people refuse to buy the game because of a weapon pack available for retail pre-orders, they were likely not buying the game in the first place. I plan on getting the game through Steam, and if the Physical Warfare Pack is unavailable with the digital distribution, then so be it.

JohnRoss

On June 16, 2011 at 6:06 pm

You all seem to miss the point. Even if it’s not making the game that imbalanced people who buy from a specific retailer should get more then you do!

If we keep letting gaming companys getting away with releasing DLC on the games release day we will just make them try to get more and more money out of us.

In the end everything will be DLC. Now they release half ing games and then turn the rest into DLC to get the most out of you.

Do you remember the days where you could get a 20 hour game? Well, now you get a 10 hour game and then 5 hours of DLC and you will have to pay another €30.

Don’t let the companys the gaming industry up. The more we let them get away with the more they will try to get. It’s ruining modern games.