Today developer DICE confirmed that North American residents who purchase Battlefield: Bad company 2 for the Xbox 360 or PS3 will have to do some extra legwork to gain access to the shooter’s Squad Rush multiplayer mode within the the first thirty days of the games release. BC2, which arrives March 2, will only allow gamers who pre-ordered the game from GameStop to access the four vs. four Squad Rush multiplayer mode until April 1.
While this is a pretty crappy move on DICE’s part, at least gamers who pre-order BC2 will be able to invite their friends to play with them, even if they didn’t pre-order the game. Also PC gamers and gamers outside of North America will have access to this game mode without any pre-order fuss.
As I’m sure you guys can tell, I’m pretty disgusted by all of this. I happen to believe that when you purchase something, you should have full access to it. I mean, they already have your money, why limit access? All you’re doing is hurting your fan base.
It is important to note that Army of Two: The 40th Day, which was also published by EA, restricted one multiplayer mode to gamers who pre-ordered the title. I’d be curious to see if this had any effect on the sales of the title.
What do you guys think? Is this some corporate ploy to force all gamers to shop at GameStop? Maybe I’m just an old gamer living in the new world of pre-order incentives and DLC.