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You Don't Have to Play Battlefield 3's Silly Pre-order Game to Get Its 'Physical Warfare Pack'

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Don't worry, Battlefield fans. You don't really need to engage in pre-order incentive nonsense for Battlefield 3, at least not if you want the "exclusive" weapons, ammo and add-ons that Electronic Arts is dangling in front of first-person shooter enthusiasts.

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Earlier this week, Battlefield 3, the other huge military shooter of the fall, did some wrong in the eyes of sane people who like playing video games by announcing the "Physical Warfare Pack," a downloadable add-on immediately available to those who pre-ordered the game. Battlefield fans worried (rightly so) that the pre-order incentives would give some players an advantage, that we'd have to plunk a few bucks down to get a cool machine gun, a cool shotgun and cool shotgun shells.

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DICE says that's not so. The "Physical Warfare Pack," they say, will be available to everyone, for free, after the game launches.

"I would like to start by clarifying that the Physical Warfare Pack is a time-based exclusive," writes DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson. "If you do not pre-order Battlefield 3 at a retailer carrying the Physical Warfare Pack, don't worry. We will unlock the contents of the Physical Warfare Pack for free to all Battlefield 3 players later this year."

Yes, you'll still need to wait a little while for EA and DICE to unleash the contents of the Physical Warfare Pack on Battlefield 3 players worldwide, but there's no need to rush out and pre-order the thing. They're going to have millions of these things, like, everywhere. Promise.

That said, you may still want to pre-order the game if the "Back To Karkand" map pack interests you. Troedsson reminds us that that downloadable content will be available for "free" to people who pre-order the game, paid content for those who don't.

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More details at the official Battlefield blog.

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Physical Warfare Pack available to all Battlefield 3 players later this year [Battlefield Blog]

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KillerBeeTX
KillerBeeTX

What is the big deal about preordering? If you plan on getting the game, why would you not preorder it? I swear, it seems like people just love bitching and complaining about useless shit.

I personally think early adopters, loyal customers and fans should get some sort of gift/incentive/bonus and if that means you have to preorder the game you know you are already going to buy anyway, why make such a huge deal out of it? It's not like it costs more money to preorder and you can preorder the game from ANYWHERE these days.

I swear, this new generation of self-entitled, "me, too" gamers makes me very sad. If you don't want to feel like someone is going to get some perceived advantage over you on a meaningless video game stats page, either grow up and shut up or preorder the game. If you, for some stupid reason, fail to preorder the game and get your virtual nuggets, that is your own fault.