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EA to uphold free Battlefield 1943 offer for Battlefield 3 PS3 owners

EA has agreed to make good on its word to include a free digital copy of Battlefield 1943 inside every package of Battlefield 3 for the PS3 after suffering the slings and arrows of fan backlash for failing to do so upon launch.

Attempting to do right by its consumers, EA has posted instructions on how to digitally obtain Battlefield 1943 on PSN in the coming weeks. According to its promotional website, Battlefield 1943 will be downloadable for free with a web voucher in the UK on November 26, in North America on December 10, and in Asia and Japan on December 17.

EA originally told crowds at E3 to expect the free game with the Battlefield sequel when it arrived in October. Later, when the company announced via Twitter is was replacing it with early access to BF3 DLC, jilted PS3 owners took their frustrations to the internet, going so far as taking EA to court over its alleged bait-and-switch tactics.

Better late than never, right?

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14 comments

  • Scoob - November 24, 2011 9:10 a.m.

    I would have rather taken the free DLC if I got the game for PS3. Maybe it's just me, but I generally don't go back to play old multiplayer games when I have the newer iteration. I'm guessing EA figured enough people have 1943 that getting it for free would add no value to a lot people, while the DLC is guaranteed to be useful for everybody.
  • Realmjumper - November 24, 2011 9:15 a.m.

    LOL funny how once you sue somebody suddenly they feel like doing the right thing.
  • HamsterGutz - November 24, 2011 10:02 a.m.

    3 3's in the title..like a tongue twister O.o
  • ParanoidAndroid - November 24, 2011 10:42 a.m.

    And a free.
  • GAYMER - November 24, 2011 10:05 a.m.

    This is exactly what I hate about the gaming community. Why do so many of you douche nozzles think your entitled to free stuff? So one person from EA made an off hand comment about BF1943, now people are threatening to bring the whole company to court over an old game that your probable gonna play for two days then never touch it again. Are you F-ing kidding me. Quit your complaining and just enjoy the game!
  • HereComesTheHypeTrainCHOOCHOO - November 24, 2011 11:05 a.m.

    Thankfully not all gamers are as ignorant and short sighted as you appear to be. At what point would it have been enough for you? If EA had promised a single player game but the final product didn't include it would you have still blindly defended EA? When a company markets and promises certain features and sells you a game that doesn't have those features of course we have the right to complain. EA didn't do a damn thing for weeks but as Realmjumper noted, as soon as EA was sued for deceptive and dishonest behavior, they sure came around real quickly. Again, and I'm dead serious, how far would EA and other publishers have to go before you and others like you finally say "enough is enough"?
  • GAYMER - November 24, 2011 11:50 a.m.

    I'm not defending EA. I'm just saying that the gaming community needs to stop acting like a bunch of bratty little kids.
  • chrisat928 - November 24, 2011 2:46 p.m.

    No, EA promised, at E3, in front of the gaming world, that the PS3 version of Battlefield 3 would include a whole other game. They rebuked that promise without even thinking to mention it to the gaming public. You can't do that without repercussions. If a promise is made regarding a product, that can, and does effect consumers purchases, and that promise isn't held up, it's called false advertising. If even one person bought the PS3 version over the 360 version because of the promised offer of Battlefield 1943 EA deserves to be taken to court over it.
  • Pwnz0r3d - November 24, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    Well... Wake Island is part of the Karkand pack. I would gladly take playing Gulf of Oman and Strike At Karkand again with a new engine than a free game, considering one of its biggest maps is in the expansion. But they shouldn't be complaining. We aren't entitled to free things, its just a friendly gesture from the companies, they don't have to give us anything at all. Be happy with what you have.
  • aberkromby - November 24, 2011 12:49 p.m.

    We're damn well entitled to free things when they are promised along with a purchase of a $60 game. And EA knows it, which is why they corrected themselves after being sued.
  • Romkslrqusz - November 24, 2011 11:38 a.m.

    Something tells me most of the people bitching about not getting 1943 for free were probably 12 years old. If they said they swapped out an old game for DLC, then maybe they should just make everyone who got 1943 pay for their Back to Karkand :]
  • aberkromby - November 24, 2011 12:45 p.m.

    That would at least be reasonable. This was mainly a preventative lawsuit that was filed to keep things like this from happening in the future. I'd personally rather have the Back to Karkand pack too, but I'd happily sacrifice it in favor of making an example out of EA
  • oz103 - November 24, 2011 3:34 p.m.

    The deal wasnt actually for free DLC, if wat I read was correct, it was for the chance to buy the dlc earlier to everyone else (ie Xbox and pc owners.) That was why they went nuts over this slight advertising flaw.
  • bebl09 - November 25, 2011 6:55 p.m.

    Also, if I remember correctly it was just that the BF3 maps would be released early on PS3, not that they would be free. Unless they changed that after I first read about it?

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