Battlefield 3 pre-order boycott launched

Fans unhappy about exclusive DLC offered to those who order the game early

Consumers unhappy that Battlefield 3 pre-orders will grant players access to exclusive launch day weapons and items are attempting to boycott sales.

While it not uncommon for players that pre-order games to receive exclusive goods, that hasn't stopped over 2,000 voting in disapproval of EA's plans over on the publisher's official forums.


As well as access to the Back to Karkand map pack, those who pre-order the UK limited edition of Battlefield 3 - dubbed the 'Physical Warfare Pack' - will receive a number of exclusive launch day weapons.

These include the "Type 88 light machine gun with bipod for superior firepower and total zone control, the SKS sniper rifle flash suppressor that provides increased stealth abilities for Recon soldiers, and the lethal armour-piercing flechette ammo for the DAO-12 semi-automatic shotgun that is sure to tear through anything in its path. Also included is day one access to the highly versatile DAO-12 semi-automatic shotgun itself."

Reddit's attempting to coordinate the Battlefield 3 pre-order DLC boycott over complaints that the exclusive weapons will give those with access to them an unfair advantage.

The site writes: "If you don't purchase the pre-order or limited edition version of BF3, you will have to pay extra for the Karkand expansion pack.

"The only thing not included in the Karkand Expansion pack is the Guns and ammunition, which will create an unfair advantage people who pre-order. As well, charging people extra to play maps available on day one. This was a decision made by EA, and not DICE. DICE and all of us need your help to get EA to wake up and change their decision."