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Battlefield 3 Physical Warfare Pack to Eventually be Free for All

In a further follow-up to concerns expressed over potential Battlefield 3 balance issues resulting from preorder bonuses, the Battlefield Blog now offers reassurances that the Physical Warfare Pack preorder bonus for the military shooter sequel will eventually be a free release for all players (thanks Brady). Here are excerpts on how both pieces of preorder DLC will be handled after the game's release:

I would like to start by clarifying that the Physical Warfare Pack is a time-based exclusive. If you do not pre-order Battlefield 3 at a retailer carrying the Physical Warfare Pack, donít worry. We will unlock the contents of the Physical Warfare Pack for free to all Battlefield 3 players later this year.
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If you pre-order Battlefield 3, you will be able to play Back to Karkand at no extra charge as soon as it is released, but it is not day one DLC and it is not on the base game disc. We think itís a sweet deal, and itís available to everyone everywhere. If you do not pre-order Battlefield 3, you can still buy Back to Karkand separately and play it as soon as it is released, the very same date as anyone who pre-ordered. In other words, there is no segmentation of the community when we launch the base game.

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1. Re: Battlefield 3 Physical Warfare Pack Will Eventually be Free for All Jun 16, 2011, 15:57 jsmith
 
Smart move on DICE's part. Either that, or the backlash was strong enough to overwhelm the stupidity / greed (through exclusive rights deals) of the EA execs involved. This should alleviate concern most people were having towards Battlefield 3.

Now all that is left is to hope EA doesn't try to bog down the game with obnoxious DRM and attempt to make Battlefield 3 an Origin exclusive along with Star Wars: The Old Republic.
 
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