The company has been dealing with angry fans lately due to outrage against what some considered a Day 0 DLC pack and the fact that people thought some guns would be exclusive to pre-orders. The Physical Warfare DLC pack will include an exclusive light machine gun, an early unlocked shotgun, and, depending where you pre-ordered the game, either a flash suppressor weapon mod or flechette ammo for the aforementioned shotgun. The flash suppressor is the only one that's going to be available in the game for the SKS sniper rifle, and it reduces enemy awareness of your position. People who pre-order Battlefield 3 will also get the Back to Karkand expansion pack for free.
Today, DICE confirmed that the pack will be free, available for everyone, and that the Back to Karkand expansion pack is not Day 0 DLC, but rather a generous pre-order offer as their way of saying thanks for beliving in DICE and Battlefield 3. In the post on the Battlefield Blog, they say, "So maybe this is stating the obvious, but all of us at DICE are here because of our passion for games and the passion to bring you the games we too love to play. I always knew our pre-order offers for Battlefield 3 would be open to misunderstandings."
Even with the blog post, it seems as though DICE are the ones who are still misunderstanding. Many fans are upset at the entire concept of Day 0 DLC, and they're mad that certain bonuses are going to be given to players based on where they pre-order the game. The players who pre-order are seemingly being given a competitive edge over the players who didn't preorder when the game releases until the content becomes available as DLC, and in a competitive multiplayer shooter, that doesn't sit well with a lot of gamers. Plus, regardless of how much work and polish was put in to the Back to Karkand DLC, it's still Day 0 DLC, according to critics.
What do you have to say about DICE's blog post? Do you think that they got the message that the fans were trying to send them, or did they miss the mark yet again?
Battlefield 3 is coming out for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on October 25.
Source: Battlefield Blog