No more free 1943

Following previous successes like Medal of Honor & Dead Space 2, EA took to the stage at E3 to announce Battlefield 1943 would be included free with PS3 copies of Battlefield 3.

Then, we learned Battlefield would be getting timed-exclusivity (of a whole 7 days!) for DLC on the PS3. We presume this is just another part of the new partnership and that of course, the game would still be free. It seems not.

Thousands of angry customers took to twitter, after they’d stuck their new game in and no 1943 was on there. EA then responded by tweeting:

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

If I’m weighing up my options on which platform to buy for, a free game (and a good one at that) would be much more enticing than getting paid-for DLC a week early. Have any thoughts on this? Leave a comment below.

Written by Raj Mahil

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  • What a horrible trade off. lol. We lose free content for the privilege of giving EA more money. And why was this info released days before the game came out?

    • Raj S.M.

      Released in the US yesterday – so EA had the cheek to not tell people before they bought it. Crazy.

  • it really doesn’t make sense for them to divide players online time.  They are making the right move for Battlefield 3 and the players in the long run.   But you are right. A free game is much more enticing

  • Tury6

    Doesnt matter bf3 is awesome!

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like a pretty bad bait and switch. 

  • I think it was a waste to even hand that out free. free DLC for the Bad company 2 game for those who yet tried BFBC2 would have been a better deal.Just saying. 

  • Anonymous

    I think thats sneaky, they announce 1943 will be free with the game at E3 (a major event) and then wait until customers find its not there when they buy the game to tell people its no longer included. =(

  • Anonymous

    Very misleading PR should have done a better job of disclosing the trade off so customers would know.  The last thing BF3 needs is bad publicity at this point considering competition (even if it is not much competition).  EA or DICE should address this small issue in the form of discounts on DLC for limited time or even offering 1943 again, because honestly they wont loos much money on that game.  Even if the game is an awesome and innovative game experience happy customers are lasting customers.

  • Bad form EA/Dice. That’s really not something you want to be doing to those loyal fans. Granted BF3 is awesome by itself but still you can’t go around letting Sony at E3 state hey we are going to be getting free stuff and not addressing it properly when you decided not to include it.

  • Doesn’t really affect me since I already own 1943, but it’s still a bullshit move. The sad thing? EA doing this doesn’t surprise me in the slightest.