EA retracts offer of free Battlefield for PS3

At this year’s E3, it was announced that PS3 gamers who snapped up a copy of Battlefield 3 would receive a free copy of the downloadable game Battlefield 1943 along with the new FPS.

[img_big]center,652,2010-11-17/bf_1943_3.jpg,Battlefield 1943[/img_big]

Fast-forward a few months and BF3 is now on shelves both physical and virtual, but – alas – 1943 is nowhere to be seen.

Gamers were anticipating a code for the game slipped into the retail box, or perhaps a copy bundled onto the Blu-ray disc, but neither has appeared.

It took them a few days, but EA has finally recognised the problem, announcing – via Twitter, no less – that the game simply will not be included.

In lieu of 1943 being available on disk for PS3 customers, EA has made all BF3 expansions available early to PS3 customers.

…don’t get us wrong: Early DLC is a pretty sweet deal, but it’s not quite the same as an entirely new game now, is it? And it’s something that we knew already anyway, with the official BF3 timed exclusive announcement made more than a month ago on the PlayStation.Blog.

If you’re feeling a little cranky at EA right now, that’s understandable – particularly if you’d been sitting on the fence over which console you were going to buy the game on, with 1943 the tipping factor.

The strange thing here, of course, is that if the extra content was simply overlooked, there’s a relatively straight-forward solution. 1943 is a downloadable game, after all. At this stage, EA hasn’t resorted to that level of damage control, however – preferring instead to carry on pretending that nothing’s happened. An unusual move, to say the least.

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