Sometimes, an internet protest works and this seems to be the case with Battlefield Bad Company. EA seems to have dropped plans for paid weapon downloads.
Instead, the 5 weapons will be available initially to gamers that purchase the Gold Edition of the game. Less important regular version gamers will have to hit an in-game level of 25 to unlock the weapons.
Hit the jump for EA's great back-pedaling quote on the issue.
"The beta is a beta. We had some problems with explanation of the weapons that are available or you can see on the unlocking page. 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. We clarified that in the last statement that went out, but lately there's been a lot going on about the Gold Edition weapons."
"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. That means you have to rank up all the way to the top rank, which is rank 25, and then you have a massive unlock of five new weapons which are the same that are in the Gold Edition."
Except, they do give them away... for a little extra money. This still doesn't strike us as much different than the original DLC plan.
It's a start, though.