After initially seeing EA's explanation about its pay-to-play DLC weaponry
in Battlefield: Bad Company
on MTV's Multiplayer
, it was time for a nice walk around the block to inhale some crisp spring air and exhale some vexation before sitting down to write about it. The publisher states that five of the DLC weapons in its upcoming FPS will be "free," and the other five will be bundled with the game's "Gold Edition." For gamers who don't want to buy the "Gold Edition," the weapons will be available to purchase through PSN and XBM -- no prices are currently attached to the weapons.
EA states that the pay-to-play weaponry in B:BC
will not unbalance the game and that "more weapons offer players more choices but do not create an advantage/disadvantage for players who do not opt to buy new item." Wait, what? Paying extra money for weapons other players don't have doesn't change the game experience? We had hoped EA had given up on its dubious microtransactions
, but we're sure consumers will vote using their wallets if they agree with EA's tactic.