Customers that pre-order the Battlefield 3 Limited Edition: Physical Warfare Pack are to gain an 'unfair advantage' when playing online, according to a group of vexed fans that have vowed to boycott the title until EA take notice.
Coordinating the effort through Reddit, the disgruntled gamers state that while the 'Karkand Expansion', which features four re-created Battlefield 2 maps will be available as DLC for a price, it won't feature the list of guns and ammunition that is included in the pre-order. They make clear that this was a marketing decision made by EA, and as such do not hold DICE responsible for the move.
Somewhat controversially, Reddit have seen fit to provide the campaigners with EA employee email addresses, that enable the group to get in touch with some of the publisher's more influential personnel.
The group have also taken issue with the idea of paying for maps that will be available on day one, citing Battlefield Bad Company 2's free DLC policy in the process. They submit to the idea that paid DLC is a way of companies recouping lost profits from trade-ins but also state that PC games cannot be used second hand, and as such, PC gamers should be provided with free DLC regardless.
It's hard to say at this point whether the campaign will have any effect on the publisher's marketing strategy, but we'll keep our eyes on the story. What do you think? Are EA being a little too overzealous in their pre-order push, or is the incentive justified? Let us know in the comments below.
UPDATE: In response to the concerns raised by the campaigners, EA have released a small Q&A in an attempt to justify the strategy, which you can find over on the Battlefield blog. We'll attempt to get an answer straight from the horse's mouth and keep you all in the loop.