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PSA: Battlefield 3 for PlayStation 3 doesn't come with 1943

At E3 2011, Electronic Arts announced that new copies of the PlayStation 3 version of Battlefield 3 would come with DICE's 2009 downloadable Battlefield 1943. It hasn't been brought up since then, so most figured it was safe to assume that nothing had changed. Why would it have? If EA and DICE said it would come with a free copy of 1943, than it would come with a free copy of 1943, right?

Well, not quite. Now, with copies of the game arriving in gamers' hands worldwide, it's becoming apparent that something has, indeed, gone awry.

Simply put, the PlayStation 3 version of Battlefield 3 doesn't come with Battlefield 1943 anymore. It's not on the disc. It's not on a printed code. It's not on a super-secret USB drive hidden inside of the game's box. It's just not included at all. Instead, the Limited Edition of BF3 comes with the Back to Karkand expansion, which is actually the same thing that the Xbox 360 comes with. Hooray?

That's right! It comes with a single map instead of an entire (promised) game. The only silver lining comes in a tweet from the official Battlefield Twitter, stating that "In lieu of 1943 being available on disk for PS3 customers, EA has made all BF3 expansions available early to PS3 customers," but that's more of a win for Sony than it is for customers.

It's strange that EA and DICE would handle this so strangely. They made a promise at a highly-publicized press conference and then completely failed to live up to it, and instead of fessing up early on, they let gamers find out when they cracked open the box. We're absolutely baffled. EA will likely be commenting more on this as the day goes on, so we'll be sure to update you on what they say, so stay tuned for some good, old-fashioned excuse-making!

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16 comments

  • Ravenbom - October 27, 2011 11:23 a.m.

    With the sh*tty textures on the 360 and no 1943 on PS3, EA has really screwed the pooch on Battlefield. I mean, the only way they could make it worse is if they put out the game in the middle of a boatload of other very high profile releases... oh wait... Maybe they can follow the Activision model and fire DICE a month from now.
  • AxiamWolfe - October 26, 2011 4:19 p.m.

    So... Instead of getting: a pack of 4 maps (Wake Island, Guadacanal, Iwo Jima, Coral Sea) that is Battlefield 1942 remade in the Frostbite engine, They instead get: a pack of 4 maps (Wake Island [!], Strike at Karkand, Sharqi Peninsula, Gulf of Oman) that is Battlefield 2 remade in the Frostbite engine. Sure, it's not at all what PS3 players were promised, but I fail to see how this isn't a fair trade. Unless you are a BF1942 fanboy that absolutely hates BF2?
  • bebl09 - October 27, 2011 7:43 p.m.

    But BF1943 was meant to come included with the game. The 'earlier access to DLC' still has to be paid for. The Back to Karkand map pack that you're talking about is only with Limited Editions, BF1943 was meant to come with all PS3 copies. So instead of a free game, you get to pay EA for maps a week earlier than other people. Yay!
  • taokaka - October 26, 2011 3:44 p.m.

    This sucks, so the ps3 players are actually losing a game and our only conciliation is that other players will have to wait longer than what they should for DLC. EVERYBODY LOSES! I think EA is becoming the new activision who were actually the new EA so would it be that EA are becoming the new EA.
  • LIAMthescot - October 26, 2011 1:47 p.m.

    I don't even own a ps3 but that sucks balls.
  • CitizenWolfie - October 26, 2011 12:47 p.m.

    *facepalm* I actually changed my Xbox preorder to a PS3 one purely because it came with BF1943. Maybe EA will pull a Capcom and release Ultimate Battlefield 3 6 months later which includes all the stuff they said it would have in the first place.
  • talleyXIV - October 26, 2011 12:13 p.m.

    I have Battlefield 1943 so this really doesn't bother me but this is really silly. I am going to create a game someday and say it comes with a million dollars in the box but then when it comes out, it will have a free DLC instead! Nothing personal, just business. Dumb
  • MidianGTX - October 26, 2011 11:55 a.m.

    "It comes with a single map instead of an entire (promised) game." - You mean it comes with a single map instead of three maps which are probably about the same price as the Karkland expansion by now anyway.
  • Redeater - October 26, 2011 11:52 a.m.

    EA...making friends 24/7.
  • AlphaSignalSeven - October 26, 2011 11:28 a.m.

    TBF the back to Karkand isn't one pack, its 3 or 4.
  • ZhugeLiang - October 26, 2011 11:21 a.m.

    EA has always known how to make their customers happy, haven't they? :-p
  • HitmanSB07 - October 26, 2011 11:18 a.m.

    Doesn't back to Karkand include three or four maps and not "A single map"? Anywho, this is a shame for those that haven't played 1943, it's an amazing game, I still play it now just to mess around with the planes.
  • ParagonT - October 26, 2011 11:09 a.m.

    False advertisement. Be careful everyone, once you agree to their Terms of Agreement, you may have no rights at all to even think about lawsuits let alone even mention the words "Battle","Field", or the number "3". Those last ones was for you Bethesda! See what I did there.... yeah....
  • potpan0 - October 26, 2011 12:22 p.m.

    It's not Bethesda, it's Zenimax, the parent company. The same way that it's probably EA removing 1943, not DICE.
  • ParagonT - October 26, 2011 1:23 p.m.

    My bad, Bethesda is the one portrayed in all the articles I've read as of yet about it.
  • R-ape - October 26, 2011 11:09 a.m.

    I was going to get this on release date, but noooow... ah, well, I'll still get it. It's BF3, damn it!

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