EA has abandoned its strategy to nickel and dime the owners of the upcoming Battlefield: Bad Company. Initially, they were prepared to charge consumers for five new weapons which would become available in the game’s online multiplayer.
After a storm of fury and controversy spread throughout every corner of the internet, EA has decided to revoke their previous strategy. Karl-Magnus Troedsson, senior producer on Battlefield: Bad Company, set the issue straight.
"We had some weapons that we were planning to release through various marketing programs, but they were actually flagged there like you were supposed to buy these weapons through Xbox Live Marketplace, and that was a misunderstanding between marketing and us the developers," said Troedsson. "We clarified that in the last statement that went out, but lately there’s been a lot going on about the Gold Edition weapons.
"When we saw this big uprise about people that really felt it was dissatisfying that some people bought the Gold Edition, those five weapons you couldn’t get or that you had to buy if you had the ordinary version of the game, that we just decided that all weapons will be free in the game, and that’s how it is now.
"These Gold Edition weapons, we won’t give away, you have to do something as a gamer. The Gold Edition guys and girls that actually buy that game will have some time where the weapons are exclusive, because if you don’t buy the Gold Edition, you have to earn them."
At least DICE and EA aren’t so arrogant that they’ll blatantly ignore the vast amount of negative feedback they’ve received over the last couple of days. Prepare to battle with Bad Company on June 23.